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PLAN to ATTEND the 2017 AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP in SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - JULY 11-16.
SCROLL BELOW for AMERICAN CENTURY 2016 PHOTO ESSAYS & REPORTS from the EDGEWOOD TAHOE GOLF COURSE.
SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT STARS WILL GATHER July 11-16, 2017 to COMPETE at GOLF and INTERACT with FANS.
THE PLAYERS' LIST THIS YEAR INCLUDES: ALFONSO RIBEIRO, BODE MILLER, JERRY RICE, RAY ROMANO,

JOHN ELWAY, AARON RODGERS, WILLIE ROBERTSON, CHARLES BARKLEY & LARRY the CABLE GUY.
LINK HERE for the MOST RECENT LIST of PLAYERS, as of June 12, for THIS YEAR'S EVENT, JULY 11-16.

ADDED - JUNE 8th - MEGA-STAR, RETURNING for HIS THIRD YEAR, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE! Click here for more.


SKIER NEWS - LAKE TAHOE, NBC/AMERICAN CENTURY GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP REPORTS - 2004 to 2016


2016 Photo Essay for NBCs, AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP in SOUTH LAKE TAHOE


MARK MULDER (MLB RETIRED) WON THE 27th AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP in SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - JULY 19-24, 2016.
SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT STARS GATHERED to COMPETE at GOLF and INTERACT with FANS (see photos below).
Frequent players included skiing great BODE MILLER, JERRY RICE plus fan favorites CHARLES BARKLEY & LARRY the CABLE GUY.
Second-year players included super star JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and Duck Commander WILLIE ROBERTSON.
MULDER is only the third player to win back-to-back victories in the event's 27 year history.
Watch STEPHEN CURRY'S golf event press conference from July 21, 2016, on Facebook, link here for the event and more.
Make plans to attend the 2017 event at the Edgewood-Tahoe golf course, Stateline, NV-South Lake Tahoe, CA from July 11-16, 2017.

Mark Mulder repeated as the American Century Championship winner, rising from a tie for 3rd to win with birdies, worth +3 Stableford pts. each, on 6, 7, 8 & 9.
Mulder was the 3rd in the group of elite back-to-back winners, with Dan Quinn (NHL retired) in 2001 & 2002 and Rick Rhoden (MLB retired) in 2008 & 2009.

Day One leader, actor, Jack Wagner finished in 3rd Place; Day Two leader tennis star, Mardy Fish, finished 2nd.
Photos from "out and about" at The American Century Championship during all three days are below.
IN OTHER AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS...
CHARLES BARKLEY FINISHED LAST - AGAIN - in 82nd PLACE, with a -100 STABLEFORD POINTS,. LARRY the CABLE GUY WAS 81st with -70 PTS and KEVIN NEALON WAS 80th with -62. ...
SKIING GREAT BODE MILLER FINISHED 47th with a +8. DELL CURRY, NBA RETIRED, FINISHED in 26th PLACE with a +29 to BEAT HIS SON, NBA-MVP STEPHEN CURRY by ONE POINT in 27th PLACE. ...

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FINISHED with +35 in 21st PLACE and the THIRD "AWESOME THREESOME" TEAMMATE, ALFONSO RIBEIRO FINSHED with 44 POINTS in 13th PLACE. ...

STABLEFORD SCORING REWARDS PLAYERS with POSITIVE POINTS for GOOD PLAY on EACH HOLE: HOLE-in-ONE = +8 pts; EAGLE = +6; BIRDIE = +3; PAR = +1 pt; BOGEY = 0; DOUBLE BOGEY = -2 pts.

DAY THREE
- FINAL SHOTS for the WEEKEND LEADERS to DETERMINE the WINNER and the TROPHY PRESENTATION by AMERICAN CENTURY'S C.E.O. JONATHAN THOMAS
ON HIS WAY to the AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP and the $125,000 PRIZE and TROPHY, MARK MULDER TAKES HIS FINAL PUTT on 18. HE BOGIED the HOLE for 0 pts., but KEPT HIS LEAD from a STRING of FOUR FRONT NINE BIRDIES. HIS +29 STABLEFORD PTS
for the DAY GAVE HIM a FINAL SCORE of 79 PTS.
Mulder18Putt
SKIER NEWS photo, July 24, 2016, Dave Leonardi
JACK WAGNER, THE DAY ONE LEADER, on HIS APPROACH to 18. WAGNER'S DAY ONE LEAD of 27 PTS WAS ECLIPSED by MARDY FISH on DAY TWO. WAGNER'S DAY THREE 19 PTS DID NOT STAND a CHANCE vs. MULDER'S OUTSTANDING ROUND
WAGNER'S BEST HOLES WERE BIRDIES (+3 pts. each) on 4 and 16.

WAgner Approaches 18
SKIER NEWS photo, July 24, 2016, Dave Leonardi
TENNIS STAR, MARDY FISH's DAY THREE FINAL PUTT
on 18, GETS HIM a SECOND PLACE FINISH. FISH WENT into the DAY with the LEAD with 50 PTS (+22 and +28) and but MANAGED ONLY +19 on the FINAL DAY. HE HAD TWO BIRDIES (+3 each, on 9 and 16) and THREE BOGIES (0 pts per hole) with 13 PAR (+1) HOLES.

Fish Putts
SKIER NEWS photo, July 24, 2016, Dave Leonardi

THE WINNER, MARK MULDER, GETS the TROPHY!
JONATHAN THOMAS, PRESIDENT and C.E.O. of the
AMERICAN CENTURY INVESTMENTS, TITLE SPONSOR of the EVENT, PRESENTED the CRYSTAL TROPHY to the WINNER. LAKE TAHOE and SURROUNDINGS PROVIDE the BACKDROP.
Trophy Presentation
SKIER NEWS photo, July 24, 2016, Dave Leonardi


DAY TWO - THE AWESOME THREESOME - JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, ALFONSO RIBEIRO and STEPH CURRY
SKIER NEWS photo, July 23, 2016, Lorie Leonardi
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE TEES OFF with a LARGE GALLERY in the STANDS and ALONG the FAIRWAY

JT and Gallery-Fairway

Justin Timberlake commanded a large gallery for his first tee shot of Day Two play. Playing with Steph Curry, NBA back-to-back MVP and 2015 NBA Champion, and Alfonso Ribeiro, Carlton from the Fresh Prince of Belair. Justin finished the day with +14 Stableford pts for a two-day score of 20.
SKIER NEWS photo, July 23, 2016, Lorie Leonardi

ALFONSO RIBEIRO THROWS an AUTOGRAPHED FOOTBALL TO A FAN on 17


Alfonso Toss

The 17th Hole is along Lake Tahoe south shore from tee to green. Fans dock their boats along the shore and enjoy a massive party with several celebrities helping out. Ribeiro here readies to return a now autographed football to a lucky attendee. Steph Curry looks on.
SKIER NEWS photo, July 23, 2016, Dave Leonardi


STEPH CURRY TAKES HIS TURN and TOSSES A SPIRAL to a FAN

Steph Curry Spiral

With a non-stop barrage of footballs and basketballs to autograph, Steph Curry interupts his walk to the 17th green to throw a tight spiral - bearing the MVP's autograph - to a fan camped out on the beach. NBC camera, security personnel and tournament workers serve as onlookers.
SKIER NEWS photo, July 23, 2016, Dave Leonardi,


The Day One leader - actor, Jack Wagner - was overtaken on Day Two by pro tennis star, Mardy Fish.
Sport and entertainment celebrities gather to play and test their golfing ability in front of spectators at every hole. Plan to see the weekend event's in 2017 on July 14-15-16.
DAY TWO LEADER, TENNIS STAR, MARDY FISH, TEES OFF on DAY THREE. MID-ROUND FISH BATTLED LAST YEAR'S WINNER, MARK MULDER (MLB) for the LEAD.

MARDY FISH
SKIER NEWS photo, July 24, 2016, Dave Leonardi
SKIING GREAT BODE MILLER, OLYMPIC and WORLD CUP MEDAL WINNER, TEES OFF to BEGIN HIS PLAY on DAY ONE

Bode Miller
SKIER NEWS photo, 7/22/16, Dave Leonardi
"DUCK COMMANDER" WILLIE ROBERTSON LINES-UP HIS TEE SHOT to BEGIN HIS DAY ONE PLAY

Duck Commander
SKIER NEWS photo, 7/22/16, Dave Leonardi
KORBEL'S "CLOSEST TO THE PIN" EVENT WAS WON by JOE THEISMANN (NFL-QB RETIRED). HE RECEIVED a CHECK to SUPPORT a LOCAL CHARITY from KORBEL PRES. GARY HECK (left).

Heck-Theismann Award
SKIER NEWS photo, July 22, 2016, Dave Leonardi

FOLLOWING HIS TEE SHOT to BEGIN DAY TWO,
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE TRACKS IT'S PATH AS MANY FANS
and SPECTATORS WATCH with HIM
.

Timberlake Photo
SKIER NEWS photo, July 23, 2016, Dave Leonardi


The five days of NBC's American Century Championship event on Lake Tahoe's south shore, are a mix of golf and fan interaction.
Celebrity players and fan favorites sign autographs, interact with fans, help with selfies and entertain the galleries to provide a fun week, beginning on Tuesday.

If not attending, many watched the live broadcast on NBC at 3 p.m. Eastern; Noon Pacific, see the 2017 weekend event's - live on NBCSN and NBC - on July 14-15-16.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE LOOKS at a YOUNGER PHOTO of HIMSELF (center), AS HE SIGNS AUTOGRAPHS for FANS ALONG a ROPE LINE WHICH WAS SET UP on PRACTICE ROUND DAY, JULY 20.
TIMBERLAKE WAS ACCOMMODATING to MANY HAPPY FANS.

Timberlake Photo
SKIER NEWS photo, July 20, 2016, Dave Leonardi
2016 FEATURED MORE FEMALE PLAYERS THAN EVER and a LONG-DRIVE COMPETITION BEGAN THEIR WEEK. (from left) HEATHER LeMASTER, MORGAN MURPHY (Local Pro), BLAIR O"NEAL and NBC'S KATHRYN TAPPEN PREPARE to COMPETE. LeMASTER WON with a 336-YARD DRIVE.

Long Drive Women
SKIER NEWS photo, July 20, 2016, Dave Leonardi
FUNSOME THREESOME: LARRY the CABLE GUY
ENTERTAINS the GALLERY with a JOKE after
RAY ROMANO (left) TOLD HIS, WHILE on DECK IS ROB RIGGLE (behind, in light shirt). THE THREE HAD SPECTATORS ROARING with LAUGHTER after the ROUND of JOKES.


Cable Guy Story
SKIER NEWS photo, July 24, 2016, Dave Leonardi

FAN FAVORITE CHARLES BARKLEY TEES OFF to BEGIN HIS DAY. AFTER ONE HIP REPLACEMENT in 2015 and POSSIBLY ANOTHER in 2016, BARKLEY WAS CONSIDERING RE-LEARNING GOLF AS a LEFT-HANDER... WE'LL SEE!

barkley Tees Off
SKIER NEWS photo, July 24, 2016, Dave Leonardi


 

The AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP Photo Essay 2014

NBC's - 2014 AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP in LAKE TAHOE - July 15-20, 2014...
MARK RYPIEN, NFL RETIRED QB, WINS with a STABLEFORD SCORING +76, SETTING COURSE and ROUND RECORDS for the EVENT.
TAKING HOME the $125,000 1st place prize, RYPIEN also WON the FIRST EVER EVENT in 1990 and FINISHED 2nd in 2012 and 2013.
Annika Sorenstam, LPGA wizard, rallied to tie Jeremy Roenick (NHL retired) for 2nd with +65 points.
Actor Jack Wagner, previous two-time winner, finished 4th with +64 pts.
Day 1 leader, Chad Pfeifer - Iraq War Vet/Amputee, finished 5th with a +61
The event had an exciting finish on Sunday, Juky 20, 2014 after a lightning and thunder-filled downpour placed a two-hour safety hold on the event.
Olympic and World Cup skiing great - Bode Miller - finished 39th with a +25.

The event is scored using the "Modified Stableford Scoring" method whereby plus points are awarded for good play, points are deducted for bad play and the highest score wins as explained here:
Double Eagle 10 points • Hole in one 8 points • Eagle 6 points • Birdie 3 points • Par 1 point • Bogie 0 points • Double Bogie -2 points.



And the winner with +76 points is... Mark Rypien.
Rypien Tees One

July 20, 2014 -Mark Rypien tees off to begin the game winning round
on the third day of play. Rypien finished with a +76 Stableford points
and set course records for third day play.

© SKIER NEWS photo - Dave Leonardi
See more photos and links below.
Annika Sorenstam tied for 2nd second place, Jack wagner took 4th.
Annika and Wagner

July 20, 2014 - Annika Sorentsam upped her game to finish tied for second
with Jeremy Roenick at +65. Annika speaks with actor Jack Wagner,
who finished 4th with 64 pts, before they begin Sunday's play.

©SKIER NEWS photo - Dave Leonardi
See more photos and links below.

Jeremy Roenick finished tied with Annika.
Roenick Tees One

July 20, 2014 - Jeremy Roenick, Day Two leader, slipped somewhat
to end the tournament tied with Annika Sorenstam at +65.

© SKIER NEWS photo - Dave Leonardi
See more photos and links below.

Winning photos from NBC's 2014, 25th Anniversary, American Century Championship in South Lake Tahoe, July 20, 2014.
For a complete report, click here. ¤ For Day 1 photos and report, click here. ¤ For Day 2 photos and report, click here.

Rypien sinks it
July 20, 2014 - Mark Rypien's final putt rolls
to the hole on 18 to finish the rain-delayed round
and set a final day record with +33 pts.

© SKIER NEWS photo - Dave Leonardi

Champagned Champion
July 20, 2014 - The winner gets a champagne bath
via a magnum of Korbel from a friend
as the NBC interviewer backs away.

© SKIER NEWS photo - Dave Leonardi

Rypien gets check
July 20, 2014 - Mark Rypien addresses the gathering
after receiving his $125,000 check from
American Century's Jonathan Thomas (right).
His first place trophy is on the table.

© SKIER NEWS photo - Lorie Leonardi
Winner's Press Conference
July 20, 2014 - All smiles, Chad Pfeifer speaks about the $25,000 donated to his
Veteran's group, Feherty's Troops First Foundation, as announced by
Jonathan Thomas of American Century Investments.
Mark Rypien (right) and his winning trophy look on.

© SKIER NEWS photo - Lorie Leonardi

Photos out and about at Day 3 of NBC's 2014 American Century Championship in South Lake Tahoe.
For Day 1 photos and reports, click here. ¤ For Day 2 photos and reports, click here. ¤ For Day 3 photos and reports, click here.

Digger's Blessing
July 20, 2014 - Once again Notre Dame's outstanding basketball coach,
Digger Phelps blesses the crowd on Sunday before he tees off.
He finished 83rd with a -55!

© SKIER NEWS photo - Dave Leonardi
Scobee and Rem
July 20, 2014 - Josh Scobee with his caddy, Rem, who is wearing
THE hat with a new sign "Who wants this hat?" They plan to offer
it to a fan on 17 later in the afternoon. Josh finished 29th with a +47.

© SKIER NEWS photo - Dave Leonardi
Larry the Hat, Cable Guy
July 20, 2014 - Larry the Cable Guy - with an ear-shading
hat he swears he designed - prepares before he tees off.
A fan favorite, Larry, improved on his last place finish in 2013,
at two spots higher in 84th with a -57.

© SKIER NEWS photo - Dave Leonardi

Photos out and about at Day 2 of NBC's 2014 American Century Championship in South Lake Tahoe.
For Day 1 photos and reports, click here. ¤ For Day 2 photos and reports, click here. ¤ For Day 3 photos and reports, click here.

Peterson Signs
July 19, 2014 - Patrick Peterson, NFL Pro Bowl Cornerback with Arizona, takes time to sign for fans after being stuck in the rough off of 18. After several shots Peterson finally made it backto the fairway.
© SKIER NEWS photo - Lorie Leonardi
Spurrier Selfie
July 19, 2014 - Steve Spurrier, Univ. of South Carolina football coach, poses while a fan takes a selfie, adding to the days fun. Fans line up after the finals holes to meet their favorites.
© SKIER NEWS photo - Dave Leonardi
Oshie-OHurley-Saberhagen
July 19, 2014 - (from left) T.J. Oshie, NHL St. Louis; John O'Hurley, Sienfeld's J. Peterman and Bret Saberhagen, MLB All-Star pitcher, pose for a group photo after their round,
© SKIER NEWS photo - Dave Leonardi


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Photos out and about at Day 1 of NBC's 2014 American Century Championship in South Lake Tahoe.
For Day 1 photos and reports, click here. ¤ For Day 2 photos and reports, click here. ¤ For Day 3 photos and reports, click here.

Chad Pfeifer - 18
July 18, 2014 - Chad Pfeifer, Wounded Iraq War Vet/Amputee tees off on
18 to begin the final hole in his Day One lead. Pfeifer finshed with
24 Stableford points to lead the pack of athletes and celebrities.

© SKIER NEWS photo - Dave Leonardi
Barkley and Larry
July 18, 2014 - Fan favorite and annual last place finisher, Charles Barkley tees off as
Larry the Cable Guy (left) looks on. Barkely finished Day 1 with -32 in next to last place,
but there were still two more days and he came through again!

© SKIER NEWS photo - Dave Leonardi
Martin Brodeur
July 18, 2014 - NHL goaltending great and future Hall of Famer, Martin Brodeur follow
his tee shot as Marcus Allen (NFL great, retired) watches. Brodeur was one of many
athletes in the event still active in their sport while playing in the event..

© SKIER NEWS photo - Dave Leonardi


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Report from the 2013 American Century Championship...

BILLY JOE TOLLIVER DEFEATS FELLOW RETIRED NFL QB MARK RYPIEN in SUDDEN-DEATH PLAYOFF
It took three one-hole tries but Tolliver won his fourth American Century Championship following 1996, 2005 and 2010.

KORBEL HOLE-IN-ONE COMPETITION WON BY SKIER BODE MILLER

The event is scored using the "Modified Stableford Scoring" method whereby plus points are awarded for good play, points are deducted for bad play and the highest score wins as explained here: Double Eagle 10 points • Hole in one 8 points • Eagle 6 points • Birdie 3 points • Par 1 point • Bogie 0 points • Double Bogie -2 points

LARRY the CABLE GUY FINISHED LAST in 85th PLACE with -66; OLYMPIC LEGENDARY U.S. SKIER BODE MILLER WAS 47th with +17.
SWIMMER MICHAEL PHELPS, 22 OLYMPIC MEDALS, 18 GOLD, FINISHED NEXT TO LAST with -65 pts.

By Dave Leonardi, SKIER NEWS Publisher

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE/STATELINE, NV -- July 21, 2013 - With current NBA star Stephen Curry entering the final day in the lead, NFL retired QB's Mark Rypien tallied +22 points and Billy Joe Tolliver +25 points to tie for first place with 67 Stableford points. MLB retired, Mark Mulder finished in third with +66 with the third round's highest score of the day with a +28. Curry only totaled +17 Stableford points for the day to end in a tie with Chris Chandler, NFL retired, for fourth place with +64 points. After a tight field all morning with Curry and Jeremy Roenick, NHL retired, among the top contenders, the final leaders gradually emerged along the 14th hole. Tolliver, Mulder and Rypien played steady while the others faltered with bad shots that led to Bogey's where no Stableford points were awarded.

This was the first time in the 23-year history of the event that the winner was decided by a sudden death playoff. It took three times - three extra holes, played on 18 - for Tolliver to secure the win. Both golfers, ex-NFL Quarterbacks, struggled on the first two sudden-death attempts but finished each round even, with a par hole and then a birdie hole. They each also played into problems on the third sudden-death hole. Tolliver's first shot went too far right and out of bounds but he managed to get it back on to the course on his second attempt and on the green on his third shot. At the same time, Rypien's third shot went in a pond named Lake Laimbeer near the green and it was just about "game over." Rypien's penalty all but assured Tolliver's win who sank his putt to seal the victory.

Stableford scoring penalizes bad play with negative scores: -2 points for a Double Bogey; 0 points for Bogey; +1 for Par; +3 for Birdie; +6 for Eagle; +8 for a Hole-in-One and +10 for a Double Eagle.

The tournament was without its premier fan favorite and perennial last place finisher, Charles Barkley. Barkley tore a bicep and could not continue after an attempt at a practice round. Sir Charles maintained a presence at the event helping NBC's broadcast, signing autographs and appearing at Harrah's at night on-stage with entertainer, Arthur Hervey and several celebrity friends including Michael Phelps, Alfonso Ribeiro, Jerry Rice and Guy Fieri, a few pictured below.

Fun on stage at Harrah's Tahoe
July 21, 2013 - (left to right) Harrah's Arty, Michael Phelps, Charles Barkley
and Guy Fieri gather at Arty's keyboard to keep the music going.

SKIER NEWS photo - Dave Leonardi

Stephen Curry tees off

July 21, 2013 - Stephen Curry, the leader,tees off to begin
Day 3. Curry, NBA 3-pt wizard, finished tied for fourth.

SKIER NEWS photo - Dave Leonardi
John Elway
July 21, 2013 - NFL QB legend, John Elway,
prepares to tee off.

Elway started near the top and finished with
+42 pts to tie for 6th with Jeremy Roenick.

SKIER NEWS photo - Dave Leonardi


Taking Barkley's honored last place finish was Larry the Cable Guy who ended with -66 points in 85th place. Last year Barkley finished with -89. This year, Larry was one point worse than Olympic swimmer, 18-gold medal winning, Michael Phelps by -1. Phelps, a Haney project student, finished with -65 in 84th place. U.S. Olympic gold-medal skiing legend, Bode Miller finished in the middle of the field at 47th with +17. Miller did win the Korbel Hole-in-One competition on Friday, July 19 by coming closest to the pin on Edgewood Tahoe's beautiful, par three 17th hole, photo below.

Hole-in-One presentation
Photo courtesy of Jeff Bayer
Hole-in-One Competitors
SKIER NEWS photo, Dave Leonardi
Standing with a check for $5,000 for charity for the Tahoe Tallac Association, Gary Heck, President of Korbel Champagnes makes his presentation to skier Bode Miller. No one shot a hole-in-one, but Miller was closest to the pin to win the event. The Big Break NFL Glass Break Charity Challenge has athletes breaking a glass pane with a golf shot. Brian Baumgartner (The Office) decided to throw his club, which accomplished the goal. See paragraph below and watch for more on golfchannel.com

The Golf Channel also sponsored the "The Big Break NFL Glass Break Charity Challenge" and had the celebrities breaking a glass pane with a golf shot. The event had two first place finishers when Stephen Curry and Joe Theismann tied, each breaking the glass pane in two seconds on their first shot. They will each receive $4,000 for a charity of their choice. The Charity Challenge will premiere as a web series on GolfChannel.com in September.

In other fun events with the celebrities, Korbel sponsored a cork-off where corks on shaken bottles of champagne are gently eased out of the bottle in a distance challenge. Leaving his competition in the dust Miami Heat forward and twice NBA champ Shane Battier took top honors when his cork flew 100 feet when he popped the champagne bottle.

Last year's winner, Dan Quinn - NHL retired, finished in 13th place with a +51. The 2011 winner, actor Jack Wagner, finished tied for 31st with actor Alfonso Ribeiro with +36 points. Rick Rhoden, MLB retired, who with eight American Century Championships, and who has won more than any player in the 24-year history of the event, finished on tenth place with +56.

Tolliver will take home the winner's check for $125,000; Rypien will receive $60,000 for finishing second. Third place finisher Mark Mulder played as an amateur as well as fourth place finisher Stephen Curry. Their winnings will be donated to local Lake Tahoe area charities, as well as all who played with amateur status. The total purse was $600,000.

Perhaps because Barkley, Tony Romo and Micheal Jordan out of the competition, the attendance fell by 1,793 from 2012's record crowd of 40,445. Yet, it still was the third best crowd with 38,652 reported at the end of the event.

For information on Lake Tahoe, visit: www.TahoeSouth.com For more information on the American Century Championship, go to www.americancenturychampionship.com
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Report from the 2012 American Century Championship...

DAN QUINN (NHL retired) WINS the 2012 AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP

THE INAUGURAL KORBEL HOLE-IN-ONE COMPETITION PROVIDED NO WINNER,
but DENVER BRONCO GREAT JOHN ELWAY WAS CLOSEST to the PIN to WIN for CHARITY



Thomas-Quinn
July 22, 2012 - American Century President and CEO Jonathan Thomas (left) presents Dan Quinn with the victor's $125,000 check. This was Quinn's 5th American Century win.
SKIER NEWS photo - Lorie Leonardi

Elway on 17
July 22, 2012 - On the final day of play, NFL great John Elway blasts out of a sand trap on 17 and onto the green as he makes his way to a 3rd place finish at the scenic Edgewood Tahoe golf course.
SKIER NEWS photo - Dave Leonardi

2012-07-18_Jamie Moyer
July 18, 2012 - Jamie Moyer, MLB pitching legend, discusses baseball, his unending career - including pitching a winning game earlier this 2012 season - and his Moyer Foundation
"Camp Erin." Link for more on this
worthwhile project for kids.

SKIER NEWS photo - Dave Leonardi

2012-07-18_Chas Barkley + Arty Hervey
July 18, 2012 - The stage at Harrah's Lake Tahoe once again is alive with the celebrities in town for the American Century Championship. Charles Barkley greets Harrah's mainstay Arthur Hervey to begin the party.
SKIER NEWS photo - Dave Leonardi


By Dave Leonardi, SKIER NEWS Publisher

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE/STATELINE, NV -- July 22, 2012 - On the day that Ernie Els won the British Open, one of Els' caddies, Dan Quinn, 14-year NHL veteran, won NBC's American Century Championship with a Stableford winning score of +66. Quinn's total was far below the top score posted in 2011 by actor Jack Wagner, who won with a Stableford +80. Many of this year's participants had problems on the greens as the three day event unfolded. Mark Rypien (NFL retired) finished second and John Elway ended in third.

The American Century Championship, held at the beautiful Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in South Lake Tahoe, is played using the Stableford scoring method. The Stableford system awards positive points for better play. A Double-eagle awards the player +10 points; a Hole-in-one is worth +8; an Eagle +6 points; Birdie = +3; Par = +1; Bogey = 0; down to a Double-bogey -2 points. Therefore, unlike PGA play, the highest score wins. Also, unlike PGA play, you can lose points if you double bogey, so virtually no score is safe on a bad day.

In the past two years Wagner, in 2011, had the lead wire-to-wire and Billie Joe Tolliver in 2010 recorded a +84 after running away with the event after the second day. The 2012 lead changed hands all three days with Saturday's leader Mark Rypien adding only +17 pts to his two-day total of +43 for the second place total of +60. Quinn's +26 on Sunday propelled him to his +66 victory.
The $600,000 prize purse was divided among the 81 golfers who participated with Quinn taking the $125,000 first place winnings. Mark Rypien, in 2nd, received $60,000. Elway played with amateur status and his winnings, along with all amateur prize money, will be donated to local Tahoe charities. Billy Joe Tolliver, 2010 winner, finished in fourth for $25,000.

Tony Romo the favorite, as handicapped by the host hotel/casino Harrah's, finished in 5th place. His winnings will also be donated to Lake Tahoe area charities. Rick Rhoden, the winningest American Century Tournament golfer had his third off year in a row. Wagner ended in 8th place winning $15,900; Rhoden finished in 9th place tied with John Smoltz, each took home only $13,800.

Michael Jordan, amateur status, finished 28th; Olympic skiing great Bode Miller ended in 39th with $3,412; former VP, Dan Quayle, amateur status, finished 54th. In 55th was John O'Hurley with $1,815 tied with 1980 US Olympic Hockey Gold medal captain Mike Eruzione. Ray Romano, amateur status, was 64th tied with AJ Hawk and his new haircut. Hawk received $1,395 for his three days on the course.

Jamie Moyer, MLB active, on assignment, played with amateur status and finished in 75th. This was the second time an active athlete in the middle of his season played in the event. His "on assignment" MLB status allows him to return during this 2012 season. Earlier this year Moyer became the oldest MLB player, at 49, to win in the major leagues. His victory came in April for the Colorado Rockies. John Smoltz participated while on rehab, in 2000.


As a change of pace from the annual Korbel Long-Drive Competition, the makers of Korbel Champagnes changed formats and have begun a Hole-in-One challenge. The first player to get a 164-yard hole-in-one, shot on Edgewood Tahoe's beautiful 17th tee, would win $250,000, of which $125,000 would go to the Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation. In 2011, retired NHLer Joe Sakic hit a Hole-in-One on the 17th during competition, when the hole has a $1 million prize. John Elway was the closest to the pin hitting his shot just over six feet from the cup. As a consolation, Korbel donated $5,000 to the Foundation.

Hole-in-One Competitors
SKIER NEWS photo, Dave Leonardi
Hole-in-One presentation
Photo courtesy of Jeff Bayer
With such an outstanding group of athletes and celebrities participating, everyone was hoping for a Hole-in-One, but no one succeeded. Korbel had pledged at least $5,000 to the Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation, more if one of the golfers shot within two feet, and $125,000 if a Hole-in-One was made. Standing with a check for $5,000, Gary Heck, President of Korbel Champagnes makes the presentation to members of the Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation as John Elway looks on. No one shot a hole-in-one, but Elway was closest to the pin, just over six feet.

NBC's American Century Championship provides the spectators - as always - with the most recognizable field of players of any golf competition. The event features a number of very good golfers and a large number of fun celebrities and great athletes. Finishing last in 2012 was Javier Colon. Colon, who was the 2011 winner of NBC's "The Voice," did not finish and was technically listed as last, in 81st place.

Actress/model Angie Everhart, in her first year of play, was +6 pts better than last place finisher and Tahoe's favorite adopted son, Charles Barkley. Everhart finished in 79th place with -75 and winning $1,020. Barkley was 80th with -89; Sir Charles plays with amateur status also.

The 2012 attendance broke another five-day event record with reported figures of 40,455 and exceeded the 2011 totals of 40,156 by 299. The 2010 attendance number was 37,550.

For information on Lake Tahoe, visit: www.TahoeSouth.com For more information on the American Century Championship, go to www.americancenturychampionship.com
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Report from the 2011 American Century Championship...

WIRE-to-WIRE - JACK WAGNER WINS the 2011 EVENT

Highlights included Joe Sakic's $1 million Hole-in-One and Jimmer Fredette was worst than Barkley

For a full photo-journal of the 2011 event, with links to Day One and Day Two (July 15 & 16) pages, with daily happenings, more photos and stories link here .


By Dave Leonardi, SKIER NEWS Publisher

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE/STATELINE, NV --July 17, 2011 - In a dramatic finish, Jack Wagner took a four-point lead to the 18th Hole only to have his second shot (Par 5 hole) land in the water. Tony Romo, trying desperately to catch Wagner, also landed his second shot in the water. Wagner bogeyed the hole to gain no Stableford points, Romo fell short with a par, collecting one Stableford point. The result was the actor beat the athlete by three Stableford points, 80 to 77. Wagner collected a check from American Century for $125,000; Romo, playing with amateur status will see his second place earnings of $50,000 donated to local Tahoe charities.

Drama also ensued earlier in the day when retired NHLer Joe Sakic hit a Hole-in-One on the course's beautiful 17th hole. The hole had a $1 million prize for a perfect tee shot on the last day of play. Sakic was the first ever to do it on prize day with a 169 yard stroke, hit with an 8-iron. Half of the $1 million was contributed to Livestrong Foundation and Sakic received the other $500,000. When asked about the money split, Sakic remarked, "...I'm just happy I got a Hole-in-One for the first time in my life." And later added, "I could never imagine getting a Hole-in-One, but I always said if you're going to do this, you gotta do it big. So no bigger than this."


Joe Sakic applauded
SKIER NEWS photo, Dave Leonardi
Wagner advances
SKIER NEWS photo, Lorie Leonardi
Joe Sakic gets applause from Trent Dilfer, left (NFL retired) after finishing his round on 18 as caddies and Greg Maddux (MLB retired) get ready to offer congratulations at the end of their round. Following the leader, the spectators on Edgewood Tahoe's 18th follow behind Jack Wagner (yellow shirt behind caddie in shorts); the blue jacketed official explains Wagner's penalty and play after landing his second shot in the water.

The hole-in-one gave Sakic +8 Stableford points to help him finish tied for 11th with Vinny Del Negro with a total +50. This was the fourth hole-in-one in the Tahoe celebrity golf event, and second on 17. Marshall Faulk nailed his tee shot also off of Hole 17 for a perfect shot in 2009. The hole is also known for beautiful views, since it rests along Lake Tahoe from tee to green. It is a tricky par 3 with wind off the lake being the key. The first hole-in-one was recorded at the event by Rudy Gatlin (of Gatlin Brothers music fame) in 1995 on the 155 yard 5th hole. Dan Jansen had the second Hole-in-One in 1999, also on the same 5th hole. None of the previous holes-in-one were scored on the million-dollar prize day.

Wagner, who won the American Century event at the Edgewood Tahoe golf course in 2006 with a Stableford +70, led from the day one and his confidence increased with every end-of-round press conference. The actor, who joked with his pro-athlete competitors that he "does the elliptical" enjoyed the company of David Berganio. Berganio is a PGA tour competitor who served as Wagner's caddie while nursing an elbow and low back medical issue. Wagner admitted that "David helped me alot on the putting green to be able to accelerate through the putts as opposed to kind of guiding them. ...This is our U.S. Open for celebrity golf. We have one weekend a year, so you gotta bring it. And fortunately I putted well today." The TV daytime star scored six birdies on the first 11 holes.

Jeremy Roenick and Chris Chandler, who were tied for second on the first day of play, tied for third with a +66 score and each received $32,500. Last year's runaway winner, Billie Joe Tolliver, (NFL-QB) finished tied for 13th with Ken Whisenhunt (NFL Coach, Arizona Cardinals) to take home $6,674. The winning-est player at the event, eight-time champion Rick Rhoden, finished 6th to receive $17,579.

Skier Bode Miller, outstanding Olympic Gold and Silver medalist, finished 51st with a Stableford score of +12 to collect $3,299. Last year Miller also placed 51st but with a better Stableford score, +16.

In addition to the $500,000 donated to Livestrong, several players, like Tony Romo, retain amateur status and their earnings are combined and donated to local Lake Tahoe charities. This year's amateur winnings combined for a total of $156,086 donated to Tahoe based groups. Other amateur participants included (MLB) Jamie Moyer; and Andy Pettite; (NFLers) Tim Tebow, John Elway, and Wes Welker; (NBAers) Michael Jordan, Jason Kidd and Charles Barkley; (entertainers) Ray Romano, Javier Colon, Joe Don Rooney and Oliver Hudson as well as (former U.S. VP) Dan Quayle.

NBC's American Century Championship provides the spectators with the most recognizable field of players of any golf competition. The event features a number of very good golfers and a large number of fun celebrities and great athletes. Finishing last is a "badge of honor" and this year the biggest badge went to college basketball great Jimmer Fredette, who remained worse than Charles Barkley. Fredette was last, in 83rd place, with a Stableford -88, while Barkley scored -68. Barkley improved over 2010's -92 and 2009's -97. Sir Charles' coach Hank Haney, in 2010, predicted Barkley would improve and he did, by +24 Stableford points.

Another attendance record was set with an announced total of 40,156, a 6.5% increase over last year's 37,550 for the five-day event.

For information on Lake Tahoe, visit: www.TahoeSouth.com For more information on the American Century Championship, go to www.americancenturychampionship.com
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Report from the 2010 American Century Championship...

BILLY JOE TOLLIVER TAKES FIRST PLACE

in THE 2010 AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP

Report from the 2010 American Century Championship, link from a photo or caption for daily reports, the full article is below.
For more photos and the 2010 lively daily updates, click here.
Marcus-Alfonso-Arty
Marcus Allen, Alfonso Ribeiro,
and Arthur Hervey once again
get the crowd going at
Harrah's in Lake Tahoe.
The American Century Championship
has "officially" begun.
Boller-Prejean
NFL QB Kyle Boller poses
with his wife, 2009 Miss
California, Carrie Prejean at the
2010 American Century Championship
Guy Fieri
Guy Fieri, TV Chef favorite, visits
the Media Room for photos and

interviews and to talk skiing
in Tahoe to SKIER NEWS staff.
Barkley-Haney-Romano
Hank Haney's nightmares...
flanked by Charles Barkley and
Ray Romano, Haney poses with his "prized"
students, link for more.
Tolliver Celebrates
Billy Joe Tolliver (NFL - QB)
celebrates his record breaking finish.
He set two event records in victory.
Link for more photos and story.
Locklear and Wagner
Jack Wagner reaches for
a handshake as Heather Locklear
leaves the course with him.
Link for more photos and story.
For more photos and the 2010 lively daily updates, click here.

By Dave Leonardi, SKIER NEWS Publisher

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE/STATELINE, NV -- July 18, 2010 - In a year where recent perennial favorites were virtual no-shows, a two-time former champion (1996 and 2005), Billy Joe Tolliver won the 2010 American Century Championship with a Stableford score of +84. Tolliver takes home $125,000 for his victory. After Billy Joe's play on Saturday, with a course record round of +33, everyone else was playing for second place. And everyone else almost finished second as four competitors tied for the number two spot with 65 points, John Elway, Tony Romo, John Smoltz and Jack Wagner. After the four-way tie the next finisher was Mark Rypien in sixth place with 60 points.

Elway held a secure second spot until the 18th green played havoc with him and his double-bogey -2 score dropped his point total down to 65 as Romo and Smoltz picked up in points to tie with the former Bronco. Wagner gained a point on 18 and thus the four-way tie was in place.

The American Century Championship at the beautiful Edgewood-Tahoe Golf Course is played using the Stableford scoring method. The Stableford system awards positive points for better play. A Double-eagle awards the player +10 points; a Hole-in-one is worth +8; an Eagle +6 points; Birdie = +3; Par = +1; Bogey = 0; down to a Double-bogey -2 points. Therefore, unlike PGA play, the highest score wins. Also, unlike PGA play, you can lose points if you double bogey, so virtually no score is safe on a bad day.

Far below the pack, in a tie for eighth place was the event's most lucrative winner, Rick Rhoden with a +58, Rhoden has won a total of $1,125,289 since 1991. This was his worst finish in the event having never finished lower than fourth place. Grant Fuhr, who was in the top three in recent years finished 15th with 50 points.

Tolliver's 19-point victory was the greatest point spread in the history of the event and ten points higher than Rhoden's 2009 win of +74 and Rhoden '08 victory with +70 points.

Usually finishing last Charles Barkley did not disappoint but improved his game by four points over last year to finish in 82nd place with a -94, better than his 2009 finish of -97. U.S. Olympic Bobsled Gold Medalist, Steve Holcomb finished 81st with a -87. NFL QB Trent Green was 80th with a -48 taking home $2,775, Ray Romano was 79th scoring -33. Finishing 78th was Shane Battier (NBA) with -29 and receiving $2,865. NBC's "The Office" star finished 77th with -27 taking home $2,955. Barkley now claims to be changing his game and will tee-off left-handed to try to improve for 2011. He began the final day driving left-handed, but playing the shorter game in his right-hand style.

Barkley, Romano and Holcomb were playing as amateurs as well as John Elway and Tony Romo. The second place amateurs, Elway and Romo, take of the second place prize money of $47,500 each goes to local Lake Tahoe charities and Lance Armstrong's Livestrong Foundation. A total of $142,197 in amateur prize money was donated to the charities after the 2010 event.

 


WILL HANK HANEY'S KARMA BEAT TEAM TOLLIVER?
Below left: Shown between his two "Challenges" Golf Guru Hank Haney vows that Charles Barkley will be an improved golfer within the next year. The legendary instructor, Haney, tutored both Barkley and Ray Romano this past year. Barkley again finished last, with a -93, while Romano finished 79th (out of 82) with a -33.
Below right: Four friends and Texas fans surprised Billy Joe Tolliver outfitted with "Team Tolliver" shirts to show their support. They claimed they helped Billy Joe to break records and win this year and Tolliver in his Press Conference said, "I'm going to have to get a bus to take them home now. Now they're part of the family."
Barkley-Haney-Romano 2010 Team Tolliver
SKIER NEWS photo, Dave Leonardi, Lorie Leonardi

For more photos and the 2010 lively daily updates, click here.

Skier Bode Miller finished tied for 51st with a +16.

Former and current NHL players finished as follows: Jeremy Roenick, 7th; Jamie Langenbrunner tied for 8th; Brett Hull, 11th; Dan Quinn tied for 12th; Grant Fuhr, 15th; Mike Modano 17th and Joe Sakic, tied for 22nd. Among all pro sports, the NHL group had the highest number of top finishers.

The event saw record-setting attendance once a again with a crowd total of 37,550 of the five day event. The number is 345 higher than the 2009 record of 37,205.

For information on Lake Tahoe, visit: www.TahoeSouth.com

For more information on the American Century Championship, go to www.americancenturychampionship.com

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Report from the 2009 American Century Championship...

2009 - RICK RHODEN CLAIMS 8th CHAMPIONSHIP

Successfully Defends His 2008 Title


"GREAT ROUND SATURDAY" replaced by "AVERAGE PLAY SUNDAY"
Rhoden Congratulated J Thomas & Rhoden Ribiero & Ogden 2009 Hawk & Heck
WINNING HANDSHAKE
Rick Rhoden is congratulated after his final putt on 18. Shaking hands with the 2009 champion are Grant Fuhr, (back to camera) who fell to 6th place, and Dan Quinn (lt. green shirt) who ended in a tie for 3rd with Billy Joe Tolliver.
SKIER NEWS photo by Lorie Leonardi
RHODEN GETS the TROPHY
Jonathan Thomas, President and CEO
of American Century Investments presents
the 2009 Champion Rick Rhoden
with the prized trophy.
Rhoden also took home a check
for $125,000 for his 1st place finish.

SKIER NEWS photo by Lorie Leonardi
LET THE FUN BEGIN!
Alfonso Ribeiro (Fresh Prince) and former NFL players Jonathan Ogden & Marcus Allen (rear) entertain as Harrah's mainstay
Arthur Hervey greets the crowd.
The spontaneous night time festival at Harrah's accompanies the annual Lake Tahoe Celebrity-filled Event.

SKIER NEWS photo by Dave Leonardi
KORBEL LONG-DRIVE COMPETITION
The 2009's Opening Day of the American Century Championship was followed by the 4th Annual Korbel Long-Drive Competition.
The 2009 Long-Drive event was won by Green Bay Packer Linebacker, A. J. Hawk. Hawk, on the right, receives a magnum of Korbel Champagne from Korbel President Gary Heck.

SKIER NEWS photo by Dave Leonardi

By Dave Leonardi, SKIER NEWS Publisher

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE/STATELINE, NV -- July 19, 2009 - After a great day of play on Saturday, with a record round tournament score by NHL goalie great (Edmonton, Toronto, Buffalo, L.A., St. Louis and Calgary) Grant Fuhr at +32, Sunday's final-day play was less than spectacular. Other than (former Dodger, Pirate, Yankee and Astro) Rhoden, most players who were in front on Saturday had a mediocre round on Sunday. This enabled some leap-frogging in the standings. Fuhr fell to sixth place by posting a poor +11, for a combined three-day score of 67.

Tied for third was former NHLer (Calgary, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia) Dan Quinn and NFL QB (Chargers, Falcons, Oilers, Saints and Bears) Billy Joe Tolliver. Both finished with a +70. Quinn shot a +21 for the day and Tolliver +26. They will take home $30,000 each.

Other current and former NHL players faired well in the final standings. San Jose Shark, Jeremy Roenick finished 5th with a +22 to end with a +69. Dallas Stars' great Mike Modano (pictured below) finished 7th with a +64 shooting a +26 on Sunday. The +26 was the best score posted on the final day, Tolliver's +26 moved him into a tie for third with Quinn. The NHL had four of the top seven finishers and five of the top nine.

The American Century Championship at the beautiful Edgewood-Tahoe Golf Course is played using the Stableford scoring method. The Stableford system awards positive points for better play. A Double-eagle awards the player +10 points; a Hole-in-one is worth +8; an Eagle +6 points; Birdie = +3; Par = +1; Bogey = 0; down to a Double-bogey -2 points. Therefore, unlike PGA play, the highest score wins. Also, unlike PGA play, you can lose points if you double bogey, so virtually no score is safe on a bad day.

CLICK below for the 2009 Daily Tournament Day Updates with Photos

July 16, 2009, Day One - featuring:

Dick Vermeil - brings wine to Tahoe
The first Gene Upshaw Scholarship is awarded to a local student;
and American Century dedication

to The Lance Armstrong Foundation.

July 17, 2009, Day Two - reporting:

Barkley gets a ticket;
Marshall Faulk gets a hole-in-one;
A. J. Hawk (Green Bay Packers)

is the Long-Drive competition winner;
Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo takes the day one lead.

July 18, 2009, Day Three - featuring:

Chef Guy Fieri, cooks "Pork en Fuego"
and a day of ties;
Grant Fuhr (NHL goalie great) sets a record
and former Dodger Rick Rhoden tie for first;
Romo falls to third, tied with Dan Quinn (NHL).

Rick Rhoden posted a +18 for a total of +74 to hang on to the lead and for the eighth time claim the trophy and a check for $125,000. Rhoden, former pitcher for the L.A. Dodgers, stated afterwards, "It's like yesterday, everybody said they'll probably break the (course) record. The last day's always different.

Rhoden referred to the overall poor play of the top of the field. Perhaps a psychological block occurred after many of the players learned of Tom Watson's horrible finish at The British open. Watson blew the lead and the playoff while the American Century contenders were completing the front nine. They learned of Watson's finish before they teed off on the 10th hole and most expressed shock that Watson collapsed on his final strokes.

Rhoden later added, "Just played bad all day. I got up-and-down a couple times. Saved pars. And few I should have I didn't get up-and-down."

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboy QB, came in second. Romo shot a +22 for a total of +71. Playing as an amateur, Romo's $60,000 winnings were given to local Tahoe charities as well as the prize money amassed by the amateurs in the event. A total of $160,464 was donated.

Another attendance record was set when this year's crowd was listed at 37,205 beating last year's 31,220.

This year's event was framed with outstanding weather, sunny skies and beautiful temperatures which brought out a record number of spectators. Two years ago the Tahoe region was in the aftermath of the Angora Fire which devastated a south shore neighborhood weeks before the event. At last year's tournament in 2008, the Lake was overcast with smoke and haze from massive fires in central California.


Heather Locklear followed Jack Wagner on the course.
Jack Wagner (visor) surveys the fairway, and Locklear and NHL player Mike Modano
speak before the guys began their play on the 17th hole.

Wagner-Locklear-Modano
SKIER NEWS photo, Dave Leonardi

Once again Charles Barkley finished dead last with a -97. Looks like Barkley's lessons did not pay off, as he had a better "worse" score of only -71 last year. (Link here for related Barkley and firefighter article and photo.) Chuck Liddell, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter, was next to last at -94 and actor/comedian Kevin Nealon was third from the bottom with a -76.

The 2010 American Century Championship, televised on NBC and ESPN, will take place at the Edgewood-Tahoe Golf Course from July 13 to July 18.


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Report from the 2008 American Century Championship...

2008 - RICK RHODEN WINS AGAIN

Captures his seventh American Century Championship


2008 Rhoden on One
SKIER NEWS' photo, Dave Leonardi

Rick Rhoden tees off to begin his title day.

By Dave Leonardi, SKIER NEWS Publisher

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE/STATELINE, NV -- July 13, 2008 - Rick Rhoden, former MLB pitcher, held on to his day two lead to capture the 2008 American Century Championship with a Stableford score of +70. Rhoden, who rebounded from a bad shot from the 18th tee, salvaged the victory with a near-perfect second shot from the rough and on to the green a few feet from the cup. He beat NHL star Dan Quinn by two points with Quinn scoring a +68.

The Stableford scoring method awards positive points for better play. A hole-in-one is worth +8; an Eagle +6 points down to a double-bogey -2 points. Therefore, unlike PGA play, the highest score wins.

NHL goalie great, Grant Fuhr tied for third with current Dallas Cowboy QB Tony Romo. Each had 64 points. Quinn, who needed a birdie to take the lead, missed to give Rhoden the chance to clinch the victory. Playing in the final threesome, Rhoden's strokes marked the third consecutive year that the title was won with a birdie on 18th.


WAYNE with his wife, actress JANET JONES GRETZKY, and GRANT FUHR.
Posing before starting their Day One round.
WAYNE GRETZKY and MARIO LEMIEUX
Two of the greatest hockey players ever, match up for Day Three.
2008-07-11 Gretzky & Fuhr 2008-07-11 Gretzky & Fuhr
SKIER NEWS' photo, Dave Leonardi SKIER NEWS' photo, Dave Leonardi

A thinner Charles Barkley once again finished dead last with a -81. Sir Charles, a local Tahoe favorite for his generosity to fire fighters and the 2007's fire victims (link for a related article and photo) was 20 points behind Denver Broncos QB, Jay Cutler (-61). Actor/comedian Kevin Nealon was third from the bottom with a -49.

Rhoden takes home $125,000 for winning, minus his $10,000 donation to the Armstrong Foundation. Dan Quinn picked up a check for $60,000 for second. Tony Romo, who finished third, played as an amateur so Grant Fuhr received the third place prize winnings of $30,000.

The five day event, held along the beautiful shore line of majestic Lake Tahoe, had another record attendance of 31,226 (up from last year's 28,004 paid attendees. Most importantly, more than $127,000 was donated to charity, including $10,000 from Rhoden's winnings going to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

 

The 2009 American Century Championship, televised on NBC and ESPN, will take place at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course from July 14 to July 19.


For information on Lake Tahoe, visit: www.TahoeSouth.com For more information on the American Century Championship, go to www.americancenturychampionship.com

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Report from the 2007 American Century Championship...

CHRIS CHANDLER SETS COURSE RECORD TO WIN

Former NFL QB wins the 2007 American Century Championship with a one-round high score of 31


By Dave Leonardi, SKIER NEWS Publisher

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE/STATELINE, NV -- July 15, 2007 - After coming close for the past few years, Chris Chandler finally made his way into the Winner's Circle at The American Century Championship. Starting the day with a Stableford score of 47, four points behind leader Rick Rhoden, Chandler shot a 31 to break the old one-round record of 30. The event is held at Lake Tahoe's Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course on Nevada-California border. The tournament uses the Stableford method. A Double-eagle awards the player +10 points; a Hole-in-one is worth +8; an Eagle +6 points; Birdie = +3; Par = +1; Bogey = 0; down to a Double-bogey -2 points.

In a week that marked a celebration in the midst of recovery from the recent Angora Fire at Lake Tahoe that destroyed over 250 homes, firefighters were bigger celebrities than the stars who golfed. The town, as vibrant and as beautiful as ever was packed with tourists. Homemade signs adorned almost every business, thanking the people who extinguished the blaze. Charles Barkley added to the fire relief fund by personally donating $100,000 and hosting a dinner reception for the crews at Cabo Wabo on Saturday night. When the tournament ended, the firefighters thanked Barkley for his support with a "honorary fireman" certificate and Lake Tahoe Fire Department T-shirt.

Chandler struggled through the 18th hole, see photo, but had a large enough lead to keep second place finisher Rick Rhoden at a distance. Rhoden finished with a +73 and would have needed a hole-in-one (8 points) on the 572 yard, par 5 final hole to get close. Grant Fuhr, NHL goalie great, finished third with a +70. Chandler gets $125,000 for his victory, Rhoden $60,000 and Fuhr takes home $35,000. Fourth-place finisher Mark Rypien received $25,000 for his efforts and Day One leader Billy Joe Tolliver earned $20,000.

The event is a fun-filled week of enjoyment as some once-competitive athletes and popular comedians combine on the golf course to entertain the fans. This year's crowd was another record breaker with 28,004 paid attendees. It broke last year's record by 692 patrons. Boaters also moored their craft adjacent to the lakeside tee-to-green 17th hole to add more spectators.

At the bottom, at 78, of the pack was Charles Barkley, with a score of -94. Cheech Marin, was 77th at -67, Lou Holtz was 76th, Brandi Chastain 75th and Kevin Nealon was 74th. Actor Don Cheadle, who probably set a tournament record for signing autographs, finished 73rd with a -44.

For information on Lake Tahoe, visit: www.TahoeSouth.com. For more information on the American Century Championship, go to www.americancenturychampionship.com.

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Bonus Report from the 2007 American Century Championship...

CHARLES BARKLEY THANKS

the LAKE TAHOE FIREFIGHTERS

Chas. Barkley & Tahoe Firefighters
SKIER NEWS' photo, Dave Leonardi
Charles Barkley poses for the SKIER NEWS' camera at his 2007 "Thank You" party for the Lake Tahoe fire crews.
With Barkley, from left to right, are Bryce Cranch, Jeff Peterson, Barkley, Dave Hekhuis and Ben Pratt.


By Dave Leonardi, SKIER NEWS Publisher

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE/STATELINE, NV -- July 14, 2007 - Barkley treated the hard-working men of Lake Tahoe's several Fire Departments and their wives to an exclusive reception at Harvey's Cabo Wabo in South Lake Tahoe.
The crews were responsible for containing the recent Angora Fire that consumed several hundred homes in early July of 2007.
Charles Barkley, the NBA great who had pledged to donate $25,000 of his personal funds to Tahoe's recent fire victims, told a crowd of party-goers and well-wishers at Harrah's in Lake Tahoe on Friday night (July 13) that after touring the devastation of the June 2007 Angora Fire near South Lake Tahoe, he has upped his personal donation from the $25,000 to a whopping $100,000!

Barkley, who is a favorite among the late-night party goers, often takes the stage at Harrah's during the American Century Golf Championship. He surprised the crowd, which included tourists and locals alike, with the announcement of his generous donation. His announcement was also made on a segment on NBC's Sunday (7-15-07) broadcast of the tournament.

UPDATE - July 11, 2008 - Charles Barkley has done it again. From Harrah's stage last night Sir Charles told the audience he was going to donate another $90,000 to the Angora Fire relief fund. Sir Charles total donation to the 2007 Tahoe Fire Relief fund has now reached the $190,000 mark.

UPDATE - July 17, 2009 - Barkley donated the aforementioned $90,000 before this year's event in Lake Tahoe and after the communities received the second check from the NBA Hall of Famer and TNT basketball analyst, rumors jokingly circulated that the area may have to be renamed “Barkleyville.” Link here for a report and photo.


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Pre-Event Report for the 2007 American Century Championship...

TAHOE'S AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP

The 2007 Event Promises Something for Everyone


By Dave Leonardi, SKIER NEWS Publisher

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE/STATELINE, NV -- June 30, 2007 - Pick your favorite athlete, pick your favorite celebrity and pick Tuesday, July 10, to Sunday, July 16, to see them all at the premier celebrity golf event in the world, the American Century Championship. It will be held again at the beautiful Tahoe Edgewood Golf Course on Lake Tahoe's south shore. The fan friendly events occur on July 10-12; on these days you can bring your camera and get "up close" with the celebrities.

The "money game" begins on Friday, July 13, and cameras and autographs are banned. The $100,000 first-place prize was won last year by actor and recording artist, Jack Wagner. Coming in second was 2005 winner and former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver, he took home $50,000. Both are returning for 2007.

This is the "Super Bowl of Celebrity Sports" and the events' home page claims it to be the "best destination vacation event in the USA." Come for the day or stay a few nights, either way it is bound to be an enjoyable time. About 80 pro athletes and entertainers get together for five days of fun and competitive golf. Most players are PGA rated and take home part of the $600,000 purse, including the first place $100,000 prize. Most of the non-rated players, about 10 each year, donate their winnings to charity.

Tickets for the event are $10 each day for July 10-12; these are great days for autographs and photos. On tournament days, July 13-15, tickets are $20. A Season Pass, good for all days Tuesday through Sunday, is $50 per person. In 2006, more than 27,000 spectators entered the gates for the event.

The "serious" golfers are there to play. Rick Rhoden ('03 winner and frequent senior event qualifier) will return this year, Dan Quinn (winner in '04) as well as other past champions of the event will also return. Rhoden is coming off a recent seven shot victory in the Toyota Celebrity Classic at Morgan Run this past April.

However, most of the participants are there to enjoy the fans, the beautiful scenery Lake Tahoe has to offer and each other's friendship. For them, this is a more of a fun time than a serious game.

Last season Anthony Anderson emerged as the "event comedian." Anderson sang at night on Harrah's Casino Center Stage and wore a kilt on the last day of competition, . Also joining Tahoe's ultimate entertainer Arthur Hervey on Harrah's Stage was Chris Webber, Mark Rypien and Digger Phelps. The stage usually is packed with celebs nightly, who take turns on the mike to the delight of the casino players and passersby. NFL great and "Dancing with the Stars" winner, Emmitt Smith as well as NFL great, and dancer, Jerry Rice can also be found there.

Last year's event also featured comedian Ray Romano who is scheduled to return. Also returning are hockey greats Mario Lemieux ('98 winner) and Brett Hull, Olympic skier Bode Miller, from the NFL Herman Edward and Ben Roethlisberger, from the current NHL Jeremy Roenick and Joe Sakic. Also attending will be retired running back Tiki Barber and his twin brother Rhonde, defensive back for Tampa Bay.

Others in the field of 80-plus personalities include everyone from LaDainian Tomlinson and Donald Trump to former Vice-President, Dan Quayle. Additions to this year's line-up include; singer/actor Meat Loaf, NFL announcer Al Michaels, comedian Chris Tucker, NFL great Jerome Bettis, and current Dallas QB Tony Romo.

Lance Armstrong will also be on hand on Thursday to play and promote his "Livestrong Foundation."

Here are some tips to help you enjoy the event:

Expect to be screened: Participants in the event are the best in their field whether they are active or retired. Many have personal bodyguards and the good guys of the Douglas County Sheriffs Department are ever present. Parking is outside of the golf course and all entrants must pass through a screening gate.

Dress for comfort: Wearing flip-flops or high-heels can be painful. Wear sneakers, you will be walking more than you can imagine over varying terrain. Comfortable footwear will make it more enjoyable, especially later in the evening when it is dinner and gaming time at Tahoe's new MontBleu Resort, Casino & Spa or at Harrah's.

Remember the altitude: The Lake level is 6,200 feet so you should drink plenty of water to help acclimate. Use sunscreen and sunglasses, a hat will help protect against the stronger rays that are prevalent at higher altitudes.

Buy a program: It contains all the info you need for the event including celebrity bio's and a page for autographs.

Watch the ball: There are good players and there are many others who are not. It is easier to be conked than at a PGA event.

Pick a fun group to follow: Last year's best jokester was Anthony Anderson. Kevin Nealon always is fun to watch, also. And with the addition of Chris Tucker this year, you may need to bring some duct tape to hold your sides together.

Watch the Long-Drive Championship: This fun event is scheduled for Friday, July 13 at 4:15 on the First Tee. Some golfers will do anything to win the event, which includes distracting and joking during their opponents' back swing.

Make a point to visit the 17th Tee: This is a Par 3, 201-yard hole and if you find a good location you can see all the action from tee to green. Last year, 2006, NBC positioned cameras and interviewers to catch the stars as they were one hole away from finishing the event. With the Lake level high, many boaters were able to anchor along the course and several boaters were recipients of NFL footballs signed by the many QB's that played in the event. This year (2007) NBC plans more activities and fun events for the onlookers, please see photos below.

Rothlis Preparing to Throw Left:
2006 Super Bowl winning QB, Ben Roethlisberger spins an NFL football on the 17th tee as he prepares to toss an autographed ball to the boating crowd on Lake Tahoe, Sunday, July 16, 2006.


Right:
The toss to a lucky fan.
Rothlis throws to a fan

 


Go to a casino at night: The players play at the tables and they dance at Harrah's Casino Center Stage lounge, either on the floor or on the stage. Some, as mentioned above, sing with Arty. You can always count on Marcus Allen and Charles Barkley to continue their tradition of adding to the on-stage fun at night.

Plan a side trip: Tahoe has an array of accommodations and places to sightsee during your stay. Heavenly Ski Resort, which overlooks the course, has a gondola that is accessible one block from Harrah's. Take Heavenly's Gondola for fantastic views of the Lake and get out at the Observation Deck on the way up. From the deck, you will find breathtaking views of all of Lake Tahoe and among which are the Desolation Wilderness area, Cave Rock, Carson City and the Tallac Cross. All sites are easily found with markers pointing the way. Then continue to the top of the ride where you will find food, a climbing wall and moderate to serious hiking trails. There are also many other hiking trails, with varying degrees of difficulty that can be found all around the 72-mile lakefront.

The First Round will be covered (tape delay) on ESPN on Friday, July 13 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. PDT, 7-9 p.m. EDT.
NBC will provide live coverage of the Second Round on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. PDT, 4-6 p.m. EDT.
NBC will also have expanded live coverage of the Final Round on Sunday from Noon-3 p.m. PDT, 3-6 p.m. EDT.

As you have read, there are a vast array of famous participants and activities that provide something for everyone. You can find updated player lists and other tournament info at: www.americancenturychampionship.com

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Report from the 2006 American Century Championship...

JACK WAGNER WINS the 2006

AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP

CHRIS WEBBER BEATS BARKLEY AGAIN


By Dave Leonardi, SKIER NEWS Publisher

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE/STATELINE, NV -- July 16, 2006 - Although it is a long weekend of golf and fun alongside beautiful Lake Tahoe on the Nevada/California border, the $100,000 first-place prize for the serious side of the event was won by Actor, Jack Wagner who finished with 70 points. (Stableford scoring method, please see last paragraph.) Wagner was followed by last year's winner, (Former NFL QB) Billie Joe Tolliver, 69 points. Tolliver was in the lead after the first two rounds, and was on track to win the third round when his game began to struggle. Wagner began playing a relaxed game to take and keep the lead on the 18th hole.

The event broke attendance records for the second straight year with 27,402 spectators over the event, plus non-paying boaters who lined the Tahoe shoreline for a free view of the event. NBC-TV provided NFL footballs for players to sign and toss to the crowds in the boats. The boaters were able to get close to the course due to a higher lake level, a result of record February and March snow fall that made for a great ending to Tahoe's ski season.

 

Once again, with a $50,000 challenge between the two "golfers", Chris Webber beat Charles Barkley to finish slightly higher in Lake Tahoe's American Century Championship. With the Stableford scoring system, players are awarded (plus) points. A Double-eagle awards the player +10 points; a Hole-in-one is worth +8; an Eagle +6 points; Birdie = +3; Par = +1; Bogey = 0; down to a Double-bogey -2 points.

Webber scored -71, high enough to beat Barkley who finished with a -78. The pair golfed together all three days of the event and finished the tournament with LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Charger All-Pro Running Back. Tomlinson finished with a -52. As the challenge goes, Barkley owes Chris Webber $50,000 which will be used to help support C Webb's Foundation, which helps several charities.


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Report from the 2005 American Century Championship...

CHRIS WEBBER WINS THE $50,000 CHALLENGE

with CHARLES BARKLEY

at the 2005 AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP




By Dave Leonardi, SKIER NEWS Publisher

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE/STATELINE, NV -- July 17, 2005- It was all good fun and it is all for charity and now it is official. Chris Webber is less bad at golf than Charles Barkley. Both players had the very worst scores at the American Century Championship over the years. Webber did it in the standard scoring format, with a single round "low" in the 134 range. Barkley did it in the new "modified Stableford" scoring the method that gives "plus" points for good play, three points for a birdie, one point for par, no points for a bogey, and -2 points for a double-bogey. Barkley's previous "low" was -79.

This year the final scores were Webber at -76 and Barkley at -84. The two finished 79 and 80 out of 81 golfers.

Coming in last was "Everyone Loves Raymond" actor-comedian Brad Garrett (-87), who also golfed with the Philly guys on Saturday, July 16, 2005. Garrett's TV brother, Ray Romano was a little more prolific, scoring +6, finishing in a tie for 60 with San Diego Chargers' wide-receiver, Keenan McCardell.

Finishing just above Webber was former Charlie's Angel, actress Cheryl Ladd (-60).

Other fan favorites, but low-finishers, were "Hotel Rwanda" actor Don Cheadle in 75th place, tied with Kevin Nealon, at -50.

Donald Trump, playing the second year in a row, finished almost half-way in the pack in 42nd place with +26.

Current American skiing sensation Bode Miller ended in a tie with dapper-dancer (and Seinfeld's J. Peterman) John O'Hurley in 56th place with +8.

As for the "Challenge," Sir Charles humbly and laughingly proclaimed "The better man won!"

Webber said the $50,000 he will receive from Barkley will be split up between several charities and added "a lot of kids will be helped and the best part about it is I get to go to the kids and say this is all because of Barkley. So everybody is going to love and laugh have a good time." Conceding that neither he nor Charles had a chance to win the tournament he added, "We came up with our own little championship and I won so I am happy about that." Also happy were the many Sacramento-based spectators who visited the event to cheer "C-Webb" (former Sacramento King) as will be the charities that receive the donations.

The event completed its 16th year at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in beautiful Lake Tahoe. Some of the other NBA stars attending were Ray Allen (+18), Jason Kidd (-12), Vinnie Del Negro (+42) and Michael Jordan (+30).

Most players are PGA rated and received prize dollars, a portion of the dollars the amateurs would have received goes to charity.

Third place was claimed by perennial favorite and 2003 winner Rick Rhoden. Rhoden took home $30,000 with a +71. Cleveland Browns' QB Trent Dilfer finished second with +72 and received a check from American Century for $50,000. NHL Alumnus Dan Quinn finished in a tie with former NFL place kicker Al Del Greco for sixth place. Quinn won the event in 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2004, Del Greco won it in 2000.

Former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver, who won in 1996, finished first in the serious side of the event, taking home the $100,000 prize by scoring +76, perhaps in "honor " of the former 76er Barkley, and current Sixer, Webb.

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Report from the 2004 American Century Championship...

N.H.L. ALUMNUS DAN QUINN WINS

the 2004 AMERICAN CENTURY CHAMPIONSHIP


By Dave Leonardi, SKIER NEWS Publisher

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE/STATELINE, NV -- July 18, 2004 -- NBC must have a flair for predicting the closeness of the final round of its nationally televised celebrity golf event, the American Century Championship. The three leaders after two rounds, Billy Joe Tolliver (QB Texas Tech and NFL), Rick Rhoden (MLB Pitcher) and former Senator, Penguin, Flame and Flyer Dan Quinn were grouped. It came down to the 18th hole for Quinn to capture a one-point lead over last year's winner Rhoden. The one "point" is due to the Stableford scoring system that gives "plus" points for good play, three points for a birdie, two points for par, etc.)

On eighteen Rick Rhoden would have had to eagle putt to capture the title, but it was former Flyer Dan Quinn who tapped in for birdie and the $100,000 first place check. Quinn has now won three out of the last four Championships held at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Both Rhoden and Quinn shot 4 under par rounds of 68, but it was Quinn's 7 birdies that gave him the victory in the Stableford format with +74 points. Rhoden received a check for $50,000 for his second place finish with +73 points.

Quinn won the title in 1992, after his first year with the Flyers and three times since his NHL 1997 retirement, in 2001, 2002, and 2004. Quinn was with the Flyers in 91-92 and again in 95-96.

Former Philadelphia Flyer, Jeremy Roenick started well on Friday and finished on the leader board with a +17. Quinn was +25 and Rhoden +23. J.R.'s Saturday result was not as encouraging and he was quick to joke after his Sunday round "There's nothing to talk about after the way I played today." Roenick finished 48th out of 79 participants with nine points.
Former Sixer Charles Barkley finished last among non-amateurs in 76th place. Barkley was sandwiched between "The Apprentice" standouts Bill Rancic (-89 points) and Carolyn Kepcher (-79 points), while their boss Donald Trump finished 56th with -6 points.

Among others with Philly connections: former Eagle QBs Jim McMahon (+41 points) ended 27th and Ron Jaworski finished in 63rd place. Quinn was not the only player with ice hockey connections. Grant Fuhr finished fifth (+63 points), Brett Hull 18th (+49 points), Pierre LaRouche 25th (+45 points), Mario Lemieux 32nd (+32points), Mike Eruzione 46th and Jeremy Roenick 49th.

"The course is great, I didn't play very well, but I haven't been playing much so it's always disappointing when you don't do well," said the former New York Ranger and Penguin favorite. But after his second round when he increased from a +10 to a +33, Pierre quipped that his improvement was due to "just one more round of golf."

In addition to LaRouche, Lemieux, Quinn and Rhoden, other Pittsburgh players were Steelers' QB's Tommy Maddox and Ben Roethlisberger. Maddox finished in 20th place with +47 and Roethlisberger ended 60th with -12.

Quinn most likely won the competition because he played a ball off of a tree on Saturday (7-17). Rather than take a stroke and drop his ball nearby, he set his shot, bounced it off a tree and into play. He bent his nine-iron in the process and had to compensate all Sunday.

Quinn described the American Century Championship as a premier celebrity golf event, "This is the Masters, British, U.S. Open, P.G.A. and Ryder Cup all in one, everything. This is celebrity golf at its best. Lake Tahoe is beautiful, the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course is spectacular and the people here have really embraced the event."

Spectators also had opportunities to get autographs from the likes of Michael Jordan (+49 points), Trump, NFL co-MVP Peyton Manning (+11 points), comedian Kevin Nealon, John O'Hurley ("Seinfeld" character J. Peterman) and "The Bachelor" Jesse Palmer.

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