South Lake Tahoe, CA/NV… A powerhouse lineup of sports legends including Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Oscar de la Hoya and Bodie Miller will join celebrities like Ray Romano and Jack Wagner for the 24th annual American Century Championship at Tahoe South July 16-21, 2013. (www.TahoeCelebrityGolf.com)
More than 80 of the biggest sports and entertainment stars and celebrities will tee it up at the famed Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course for this year’s celebrity golf tournament, vying for the $125,000 winner’s share of the $600,000 purse.
With an impressive field that highlights notable returning players and newcomers, the American Century Championship remains the longest-running and most prominent of celebrity golf tournaments. Early commitments have been received for the championship include Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin, Olympic gold medalist skier Bode Miller, NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin, NHL Hall of Famer Brett Hull, NHL All-Star goalie Martin Brodeur, New York Knicks basketball point guard Jason Kidd and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry.
First-timers this year include NFL Hall of Famer John Randle; former NFL Pro-Bowl wide receiver Andre Reed; former NBA All-Star Detlef Schrempf and Former MLB All-Star Tim Wakefield.
NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network will televise the tournament live as follows:
Friday, July 19: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PT (live) on NBC Sports Network
Saturday, July 20: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. PT (live) on NBC
Sunday, July 21: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. PT (live) on NBC
A re-air of the broadcast times on the Golf Channel will be announced soon.
Tournament scoring is based on a modified Stableford format with 10 points for a double eagle, 8 for a hole-in-one, 6 for eagle, 3 for birdie, 1 for par, 0 for bogey, and minus 2 for double-bogey or higher. The 54-hole tournament has been played at Edgewood Tahoe’s 6,707-yard lakeside course since its inception in 1990. Returning champions include 2011 winner, Hollywood actor Jack Wagner; 2010 champion, former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver; and eight-time winner Rick Rhoden.
The arts and entertainment fields are represented by Saturday Night Live alumnus cast member and “Weeds” star Kevin Nealon; Ray Romano of “Men of a Certain Age” and “Everybody Loves Raymond;” and Anthony Anderson of the NBC show “Guys with Kids.”
The NFL participants include Hall of Famers’ John Elway and Marcus Allen; Denver Broncos coach John Fox; former All-Pro quarterbacks Vinny Testaverde and Joe Theismann; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer; Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski; Miles Austin, the All-Pro wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys; former Pro Bowl wide receiver Tim Brown and former NFL coach and ESPN football analyst Herm Edwards.
NBA basketball’s stars will be represented by Shane Battier, forward with the world champion Miami Heat, and Schrempf, who played in Dallas, Indiana, Seattle and Portland in his pro career.
Hockey checks in with aforementioned Hull and Brodeur, NHL All-Star Center Jeremy Roenick, and former All-Star Mike Modano; 1980 Olympic Gold Medal winner and team captain Mike Eruzione; and Joe Sakic, the former NHL All-Star and $1 million 2011 tournament hole-in-one winner.
Major league baseball greats scheduled to appear include Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith; All-Star pitchers Bret Saberhagen and Greg Maddux; outfielders Joe Carter and Kenny Lofton; and power-hitter Fred McGriff.
Tournament title sponsor American Century Investments is a leading, privately-controlled investment management firm serving professionals, institutions, corporations and individuals. Through its ownership structure, more than 40 percent of company profits support research to help find cures for genetically-based diseases including cancer, diabetes and dementia.
Advance tickets are available online at www.TahoeSouth.com, and at retail locations beginning April 1 and daily during the tournament at the gate. Tickets are also being sold at 127 Raley’s, Nob Hill and Bel Air locations throughout Northern California and Nevada.
Daily tickets are $15 for the Lake Tahoe Celebrity-Amateur on Tuesday, July 16; practice round on Wednesday, July 17; and the American Century Celebrity-Amateur on Thursday, July 18; and $25 for each tournament round, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A Patron Badge Season Pass, good for admission all six days, will be on sale for $60. Kids 10 and under are free when accompanied with a paid adult.
For the latest details, celebrity tweets, fan contests go to @ACChampionship and facebook.com/LTCelebrityGolf. For tournament information: www.TahoeCelebrityGolf.com.
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TahoeSouth, YouTube: www.youtube.com/LTVA. For Tahoe South information: 1-800-288-2463 or www.tahoesouth.com.