American Century Golf Championship
When: July 19-24
Where: Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Stateline, on the south shore of Lake Tahoe
Tickets: The first three days are $20 each, Friday, Saturday and Sunday tickets are $30 each at the gate. Save $3 on each ticket if purchased at any Raley’s store. Save $7 on weekend tickets if you purchase $50 or more in groceries.
Celebrities: There will be 86 of them, each ostensibly with a handicap of 10 or lower. Emphasis on ostensibly.
Purse: $600,000, $125,000 to the winner
Stableford System: The scoring system used to avoid embarrassingly high scores. (Re: Chris Webber) Double Eagle is 10; Hole-In-One 8; Eagle 6; Birdie 3; Par 1; Bogey 0; Double Bogey -2.
Weather: Mid-80s all week but a bit windy
Television: The Golf Channel on Friday, NBC on Saturday and Sunday.
Concerts: Tim McGraw on Saturday, July 23; and Don Henley on Sunday, July 24, across the street from the course at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, known in the wintertime as the parking lot behind Harveys.
Tuesday, July 19
Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority Celebrity-Am, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., which includes defending champion Mark Mulder, Roger Clemens, Bodie Miller, Marshall Faulk, two-time champion Mark Rypien, Marvin Lewis, Jim McMahon and others.
- Wednesday, July 20
Practice rounds and the Harrah’s Celebrity-Am starts at 12:40 p.m.
- Thursday, July 21
- Friday, July 22-Sunday, July 24
American Century Championship
Remember, this is Nevada. You don’t need to spend all your money on beer and T-shirts.
Mark Mulder – 3-1
Mardy Fish – 3-1
Eric Gagne – 5-1
Steph Curry – 6-1
Jack Wagner – 7-1
Jeremy Reonick – 7-1
Mark Rypien – 9-2
Jerry Rice – 25-1
Charles Barkley – 6,000-1
Who will win?
Tahoe Onstage picks … Eric Gagne
Five players to follow:
The last time he played here, he held the lead with just 7 holes remaining. He’s listed at a 6-1 to win the tourney behind Mark Mulder and Mardy Fish. But because of his tremendous popularity, the odds likely will become even shorter. Curry, of course, is most famous for being Riley Curry’s father.
Is it all an act? Barkley was a pretty good golfer in the tourney’s early days. Now that the odds are 6,000-to-1, he might get serious again. Or at least grip the club with two hands.
Can the “Duck Dynasty” star really shoot a birdie?
It will be interesting to see how the coach deals with Lake Laimbeer on the 18th hole. After turning the Michigan football program around in just one season, Wolverines’ fans swear he can walk on water.
If you think he’s funny onstage, you should check out his golf game. We are kidding the former Tahoe resident, of course. Nealon’s game isn’t funny at all. It’s actually quite sad.