Wednesday, July 16, 2014

10 Tips to Hosting Your Own Watch Party

The 25th anniversary of the American Century Championship is upon us and we’ve created a list of things that you might need to consider doing or having for your own watch party.

1.     For starters, since this is a golf tournament, it is imperative that you schedule out four-to-five  hours for the festivities. Unlike most sports, golf does not operate under strict time constraints and neither should your party.
2.     The American Century Championship is celebrating its 25th anniversary. In that spirit, everything must be to the theme of American Century’s color of green, which isn’t difficult seeing as golf is literally played on the Green. Also the number 25 should be incorporated as many times as possible; 25 green napkins, 25 green plates, 25 green cups, 25 green chairs, 25 green hot dogs, 25 of everything. No more. No Less.  (This is a joke. Please have more than 25 of all the things. No one wants to go to a party and feel like they are in the Hunger Games. Also disregard the green hotdogs. If your hotdogs are green, please just throw them away.)
3.     Fashion, as is golf tradition, is highly regarded and considered to be of strict importance, especially when it comes to bold colors and the patterns of argyle and plaid. There can be no deviation if you wish to be taken seriously.  The Golf Fashion Guidelines, which was co-authored over the course of half a century by Payne Stewart and Rickie Fowler, states that one must either dress like an English Gentleman or like Willy Wonka (photos below to help guide you). Really, any mixture of the two will suffice.





4.     Now that you have accurate examples of the appropriate attire for your Watch Party, let’s discuss what you will do during the party. You have four-to-five hours of golf watching to look forward to, but we all know it’s a sport that takes up double the time with half the action. To make up for the lack of action, create your own. It would be great if you have a putting green on hand to help entertain your guests.
5.     After your guests’ attention spans start to lose interest  from watching golf, or playing the tiny version you’ve provided, you will certainly need another way to make them stick around. How do you do this? Deviate. Rebel. Yes. What I’m telling you is taboo, but you must do it. At your American Century Championship Watch Party, you must incorporate other sports. Here me out. This tournament features a spectrum of athletes from basketball players to NASCAR racers. Why shouldn’t your party be as diverse as this golf tournament? You can set up a Trash Shooting Contest to imitate Golden State’s Steph Curry while also forcing your guests to clean up for you.  Another option is to organize a Field Goal Kicking contest. And by field goal, I mean who can flick a paper football through a goal post made of fake golf clubs. Or you could channel NASCAR’s Ricky Stenhouse by drag racing down the street and back. The opportunities are endless!
6.     To appreciate all of this great athleticism you’re witnessing from your party guests and from the athletes at the American Century Championship you need a way to recognize their successes.  Golf may just well be the only activity, besides poetry slams, to have its very own form of showing appreciation; the Golf Clap. Make sure to have yours down. Extra points are rewarded for style.
7.     After enjoying some Golf Party activities your guests are going to need sustenance. When you think of golf you may not immediately think of food, but when you put them together there is only one conclusion to come to in terms of food: you must have ball shaped foods only. Balls of cheese, balls of meat (also known as meatballs), balls of fruit (which is easy to do seeing as many fruits already come in ball form i.e. oranges), balls of vegetables (good luck with that one, you’re on your own), balls of cake (also known as cake pops), balls of ice cream (also known as a scoop), balls of chocolate, etc. Golf is known for balls. Lots of balls everywhere. Your party should adhere to such a strong tradition. 
8.     Your Golf Party will need libations. The perfect thirst quencher for any golf related activity, even if you’re simply playing put-put, is an Arnold Palmer. It is the perfect mix of lemonade and iced-tea, just like good old Arnie liked it. And if you’re really trying to party, just dash a little bit (or a lot depending on necessity) of your favorite liquor into the Arnold Palmer and voila! You’ve made yourself a John Daily. Enjoy!
9.     Another drink option apart from Arnold Palmers and John Dailys, is something a little more closely related to the American Century Championship; Korbel Champagne. Not only is Korbel Champagne delicious, but a little bubbly always gives any party a dash of class. And if you’ve gotten this far through the list, you realize your party will be the epitome of luxury and sophistication.
10.  In the spirit of giving, it might be nice to pass around a golf hat to collect money for a charity. Why? The championship has a history of giving – more than $4.2 million has been raised for a range of national and local non-profits. As you may know, this year’s tournament beneficiary is the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. Thanks to the generosity of American Century Investment’s late Founder James Stowers Jr., and his wife, Virginia, the company distributes more than 40 percent of its profits to the Institute. Both cancer survivors, Jim and Virginia dedicated their personal fortune to improving human health through basic research to fight gene-based diseases like cancer. He called it “Hope for Life!” #GiveLikeJim http://www.americancentury.com/purpose



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Basketball greats return to 25th American Century Championship

NBA superstars, legends and some of the best college and pro basketball coaches in the game will take to the tee box instead of the free throw line at Edgewood Tahoe July 15-20, aiming for pins and cups instead of buckets and nets.

Don't miss the one handed swing of Sir Charles at the 25th Annual American Century Championship. 
In its 25th year, the American Century Championship has a proud tradition of hosting some of the finest basketball players ever to grace the game. Among them, Charles Barkley will again return this year to the event after being sidelined in the 2013 tournament for an injury. The NBA Hall of Famer and gallery favorite served as the non-official tournament ambassador. This year he returns to snag the dubious honors as worst player, which was awarded in 2013 to Larry the Cable Guy

Among active NBA players to return to the tournament is Golden State Warriors All Star sharp-shooter Stephen Curry who set the NBA record in the 2013 season for three-pointers made in a regular season with 272 made three pointers. This season, Curry made his first All-Star appearance after he was voted by the fans as a starter for the Western Conference.  He finished the season averaging 24.0 points and 8.5 assists; both career bests. Also a first for this season, Curry was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the first time.

Among the basketball lineup are NCAA and NBA coaches. New to the American Century Championship this year is Geno Auriemma, basketball coach for the University of Connecticut, who has led to the team to to nine NCAA Division I national championships, and has won six national Naismith College Coach of the Year awards. Auriemma was also the head coach of the United States women's national basketball team from 2009 to 2012, winning the 2010 World Championship, and the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Former NBA Head Coach Vinny Del Negro returns to the American Century Championship. He was the head coach of the NBA's Chicago Bulls from 2008 until 2010, and the Los Angeles Clippers from 2010 to 2013. Del Negro is currently an analyst with NBA TV.

Finally, Digger Phelps, the straight-shooting former college basketball coach for Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team and since 1993 the analyst for ESPN and American Century Championship regular will return again this year. In spring 2014, Phelps announced that after 20 years with ESPN he is retiring. 

The 25th annual American Century Championship, July 15-20, 2014, is the premier celebrity golf tournament that airs on NBC Sports. American Century Investments is the title sponsor of the tournament.


What basketball greats are you looking forward to seeing?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Football legends and greats lineup for 25th American Century Championship

NFL greats know where to meet once a year for tee-to-green turf action without the helmets and pads. The 25th year, the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe July 15-20, 2014 will be represented by promising young athletes, Super Bowl team stars, Pro Bowl champions and NFL Hall of Fame legends who line up to take a swing and a piece of the $600,000 purse.  

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers quarterback signs autographs for the fans.
Two returning NFL players are in the American Century Championship winners' circle and will again compete in what promises to be one of the great showdowns. The question among the minds of many is can last year's runner-up, Mark Rypien, who was the very first American Century Championship winner at Edgewood Tahoe in 1990 repeat what he did 25 years ago? You can bet four-time American Century Championship winner and defending champion Billy Joe Tolliver will be in the hunt. 

Always the crowd pleasers, returning NFL Hall of Famers are Marcus Allen, John Elway, Marshall Faulk, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith and Steve Young.

Players and coaches, past and present who will return to the American Century Championship include: former NFL Pro Bowl running back Jerome Bettis; former NFL wide receiver Tim Brown; Super Bowl winning quarterback Trent Dilfer; former NFL head coach Herm Edwards; Denver Broncos Head Coach John Fox; Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould; former NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Trent Green; former NFL Pro Bowl star and all-time sack leader Rodney Harrison; Green Bay Packers linebacker AJ Hawk; Oakland Raiders kicker Sebestian Janikowski; former NFL Pro Bowl star safety John Lynch; former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers; former NFL Pro Bowl great Sterling Sharpe; Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Alex Smith; former NFL Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Taylor; former NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Vinny Testaverde; former NFL MVP quarterback Joe Theismann; former NFL Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.

The list of new NFL contenders to play in their first American Century Championship includes Denver Bronco punter Britton Colquitt; former Pro Bowl and NFL running great Terrell Davis; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert; Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson and Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee.

The 25th annual American Century Championship, July 15-20, 2014, is the premier celebrity golf tournament that airs on NBC Sports. American Century Investments is the title sponsor of the tournament.

What NFL great are you looking forward to seeing?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

American Century Championship celebrates 25 years of Tahoe South’s wild side adventure

Celebrating its Silver Anniversary, the American Century Championship at Tahoe South continues to astound those who compete and return year after year. For many, it's the spectacular backdrop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada set against Edgewood Tahoe. For others, it's the promised wild side Tahoe South is known for, with its countless outdoor recreation options, incredible restaurants, star-studded nightlife, and world class gaming. 

Whether you prefer skiing on a mountain or behind a boat, riding mountain bikes or giving it a run at the blackjack table, Tahoe South does it in two states: California and Nevada. It teams with sun-up to sun-down adventure, A-list entertainment, theater and music festivals, winter skiing and a bounty of summer sports that makes the area the most action-packed destination in the U.S. It's no wonder the readers of USA Today ranked Tahoe as the Best Lake in America in 2012.

From sun up to sun down Tahoe South has enough activities to keep you busy 24/7.
Photo: Rod Hanna
Here's what you’ll find when you choose the wild side. 

Biking: With dozens of off-road trails to explore and miles of paved bike paths (and more continuously being built) Tahoe South is a well-known mecca for cyclists of all stripes. Designated as a bike friendly community, spins are plentiful and so are shops staffed by experts that rent and sell quality bikes. The famed loop around Lake Tahoe is 72 miles of scenery: deep blue water, Douglas Fir groves, and breathtaking views of Emerald Bay. The road also passes quaint waterfront lodging and plenty of eateries to fuel the journey.

Water Recreation: A romantic sunset dinner cruise aboard a luxury yacht or sailboat, a zip around the lake in a speed boat or Jet Ski, a quiet ride in a kayak, canoe or on a standup paddle board, Tahoe South offers plenty of opportunities to create your own wakes along the cobalt blue water. Or climb aboard a charter boat or head over to Cave Rock for some spectacular fishing opportunities. With visibility to 75 feet below its surface, Lake Tahoe is home to more fish than you can shake a pole at.

Gaming and casinos: Tahoe South is a full-deck of high-rolling, dice-kissing, slot pulling adventure. Home to world-class casinos that are refreshingly free of Vegas-style glitz, Tahoe South is a sure bet to get your game on. You may feel slightly virtuous after spending the day in the great outdoors: time to undo that feeling. If ever there was a place to rally, it is the casino core of Stateline.

Nightlife: When the sun goes down, Tahoe South is just warming up. From themed nightclub dance parties that celebrate the '70s and '80s to acoustic acts and jazz artist performances, sold-out amphitheater concerts, world-renowned DJs, top-notch comedians, and Grammy-winning musicians and groups, there's plenty of entertainment options to go around. Who knows, you may find yourself returning every weekend just for the shows.

Golf: Mark Twain once quipped that "golf is a good walk spoiled." Not so at South Shore. There's a reason why American Century Championship players walk the magnificent 18 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. No matter where you turn, there are dramatic views of either the Sierra, the lake or both. The South Shore area has six distinctive golf courses, each with their own vibe, views, dramatic landscape and all worthy of play.


Make your plans early for the 25th Annual American Century Championship July 15-20, and check out Tahoe South's wild side that keeps 'em coming back year after year. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

LPGA all-time Great Annika Sorenstam to tee it up at 25th American Century Championship

Move over guys. The competition at this year's 25th Anniversary American Century Championship will dramatically alter July 15-20 with the addition of LPGA great Annika Sorenstam.

LPGA great, Annika Sorenstam, will take on the men at the 25th Annual American Century Championship.
The legendary golf superstar, winner of 89 international tournaments and over $22 million, is one of the most successful players in history. A part-time resident of Lake Tahoe and mother of two, Sorenstam will play on even terms with pro athletes in the nationally televised, 54-hole, $600,000 competition at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

She is considered the greatest female golfer of her generation, and often regarded as the best of all time. During her 15-year Hall of Fame career, she rewrote the LPGA and Ladies European Tour record books, won countless awards, and changed the way women’s golf was played, viewed and covered. 

Her record-breaking achievements include eight Rolex Player of the Year awards, six Vare Trophies (recognizing the year’s lowest scoring average, including one for the lowest ever recorded, 68,69, 69 in 2004), and is the only female to break 60 in an official event. This feat earned her the nickname, “Ms. 59.”

Sorenstam, 43, is 11 years removed from her memorable international foray onto the men’s PGA Tour at the 2003 Colonial Open in Fort Worth, Texas. Under the media spotlight, she went toe to toe with the best players in the world, missing the cut by three strokes and earning global respect for taking the unprecedented challenge. Sorenstam retired in 2008 and her last tournament came in that season’s year-end ADT Championship.

Sorenstam is listed at 2-1 atop the odds posted this week from the Harrah’s/HarveysLake Tahoe Race & Sports Book.
  
In her only foray at Edgewood Tahoe in 2004, Sorenstam joined Michael Jordan, Donald Trump and Ahmad Rashad on the back nine during a practice round. She shot a 3-under 33 from the Blue (Men’s) tees on a course she had never played.

“I have played the course before. The location is amazing. It’s kind of a narrow golf course and I don’t think the distance is going to be (a big factor),” she said. “My biggest thing nowadays is probably my accuracy on the smaller greens.  I’m going to try to stay focused on golf and not the beautiful view.”

Since retiring from the LPGA tour, Sorenstam has spent time with family and new business ventures. She created the ANNIKA brand, which includes a line of high-end female golf apparel and established the ANNIKA Academy, a state-of-the-art teaching facility near Orlando, Fla. She also created the Annika Foundation, which teaches children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition and offers aspiring junior golfers the opportunities to pursue their dreams. 


NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network will televise all three rounds of the tournament live.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Enter now for a chance to play golf with a celebrity at 25th American Century Championship

With the 25th American Century Championship at Lake Tahoe South around the corner, you can now enter for a chance to play a round with a celebrity at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course as part of the July 15-20 silver anniversary festivities.

Winners will be picked July 1 by Edgwood Tahoe. The grand prize winner will receive two player spots in the Tuesday Celeb-Am on July 15, a player gift bag for both players and accommodations at a South Lake Tahoe casino property, Monday, July 14 and Tuesday, July 15.

2013 Winner Les Richardson with Actor Brian Baumgartner.
Five first place prizes will be awarded week long passes to the 2014 American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. Ten second place prizes will include a one-day pass to the celebrity golf tournament.

Fill out the form online for your chance to win, but remember one entry per person. Deadline to enter is midnight June 30, 2014. 

Where else but the American Century Championship could you have a chance to play with celebrities like Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall and Kevin Nealon or sports legends such as Steve Young, John Elway, Bode Miller, Jason Kidd, Aaron Rodgers, Ozzie Smith, Roger Clemens and Ray Allen? Nowhere but the American Century Championship.

Celebrating 25 years as the No. 1 celebrity golf event in the USA, more than 80 sports legends and entertainment celebrities will tee it up at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in pursuit of the $125,000 winner’s share of the $600,000 purse.

Daily tickets are currently available. The American Century Championship is offering exclusive free admission to this year's tournament for all active duty, reserve and veteran U.S. military personnel.

Tickets are $15 each day for the Lake Tahoe Celebrity-Amateur on Tuesday, July 16; practice round on Wednesday, July 17; and the American Century Celebrity-Am on Thursday, July 18; and $25 for each tournament round, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Kids 10 and under receive free admission – limit two, when accompanied by a paying adult.

Discounted Daily Tickets will be available beginning June 1 at 127 Raley's, Bel Air or Nob Hill Foods locations throughout Northern California and Nevada. Tickets are $12 (regularly $15) for access Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and $22 (regularly $25) for Friday, Saturday and Sunday tournament action or $18 with a grocery purchase of $50 or more for up to four tickets. 


For the latest details, photos, celebrity tweets and fan contests follow on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook

Monday, May 5, 2014

American Century Championship welcomes Iraqi War Veteran Chad Pfeifer as 'Signature Celebrity'

The American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe will add a bona fide hero to its array of celebrity golfers July 15-20 as part of the tournament’s 25th anniversary.

Retired United States Army Corporal Chad Pfeifer, an Iraqi War Veteran and amputee whose golf-centered rehabilitation has turned him into a top-tier tournament player, will join the field of competition for $600,000 in prize money this July. 

September 28, 2013- Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, TX- Round Two of the Warrior Open concluded with Corporal Chad Pfeifer winning the Champion’s Cup for the third year in a row. Captain Matt Anderson and Staff Sergeant Ben Dellinger tied for the low-net Warrior Cup. As part of the American Century Championship’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, Pfeifer will join 80 sports and entertainment stars July 15th-20th at Lake Tahoe for the Silver Anniversary celebrity golf tournament, competing for a share of the $600,000 in prize money.

Photo by Grant Miller 
On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the American Century Championship will honor America’s Armed Forces and recognize the service of Pfeifer at the tournament and on its live NBC Sports broadcasts. 

The American Century Championship is offering complimentary tickets to military for the celebrity golf tournament in appreciation of their service to the country. All active duty, reservists, National Guard and veterans receive one complimentary ticket and one complimentary guest ticket for each day of the tournament week beginning July 15. All service men and women who would like to attend the tournament must secure their tickets ahead of time online. At the events, participants must show photo ID along with the ticket voucher at tournament gates to receive the complimentary ticket(s).

Three-time winner of the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Warrior Open and the 2011 National Amputee Tournament champion, Pfeifer is a working PGA Club Professional at the Golf Club of Estrella in Goodyear, AZ.  

While serving in Iraq in 2007, Pfeifer’s life changed when a bomb exploded under the patrol vehicle he was driving and he lost his left leg above the knee. 

He began hitting golf balls while doing rehab at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio at the urging of a fellow staff sergeant.

“Once I picked up golf it gave me an escape from depression, got me out of my hospital room, and let me take out some aggression on the golf ball rather than people close to me,” Pfiefer told the Golf Channel

Now 32, he used golf to help overcome the adversity and found a talent that had roots in his three-sport high school athlete days.  

He attended the Golf Academy of America to learn the business end of the sport and now brings his competitive skills to the 80-player field at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, where John Elway, Steph Curry, Aaron Rodgers, Jerry Rice, Ray Romano and Andy Pettitte hold forth each year.

 “The American Century Championship invitation was a stunner,” offered Pfeifer, whose hole-in-one during the 2012 Warrior Open was witnessed by former President George W. Bush.  “Golf has taken me to great places and I’ve met President Bush and many others, but Lake Tahoe in July is a special one.  I’m looking forward to competing with some athletes who know the meaning of the word at its highest level.”

The American Century Championship has a history of promoting and fundraising for military and first responder causes. In 2002, following the terrorist attacks of September 11, three New York City firemen who had worked tirelessly at Ground Zero were added to the celebrity field and the tournament raised over $150,000 for the Uniformed Firefighters Scholarship Fund to aid the children of those lost in the tragedy.  

In 2003-2004 Mark Cuban’s Fallen Patriot Fund was the tournament’s charity beneficiary and $1.5 million was raised to aid military veterans with extraordinary needs upon returning home.

“Corporal Pfeifer’s participation will be a highlight of our 25th anniversary celebration,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming for NBC Sports Group, which owns and operates the tournament.  “He’s sure to be a gallery favorite in Lake Tahoe and fans around the country will be rooting for Chad to be a leaderboard contender all three days.”

Pfeifer will have to adapt to the tournament’s modified Stableford format and the welcoming par 5s at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, where some of the pro-athlete long-hitters at elevation putt for eagles during every round.  Among his other golf accomplishments is the Folds of Honor Foundation’s 2013 Patriot Cup Championship in partnership with PGA Tour standout Zach Johnson.  


NBC Sports, NBC Sports Network and Golf Channel will televise the tournament

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Discounted tickets on sale now for 25th American Century Championship

Celebrating 25 years as the No. 1 celebrity golf event in the USA, the American Century Championship is offering the Season Pass at a special price through May 31. 

The American Century Championship brings 80 entertainment and sports celebrities to Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course on the shore of Tahoe South July 15-20 for one fabulous week of sun, sand and sightseeing, comedic hijinks and dramatic golf competition. The limited time season pass offer is just $50 – or $8.33 per day; starting June 1 it’s $60. 

Be a part of the crowd at the 25th Annual American Century Championship.
The tournament’s Silver Anniversary will feature a star-studded lineup including Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, comedians Larry the Cable Guy and Kevin Nealon, Olympic skier and gold medalist Bode Miller, NFL Hall of Famers and Forty Niners Steve Young and Jerry Rice, Denver Broncos General Manager and NFL Hall of Famer John Elway, NBA head coach of the Brooklyn Nets Jason Kidd, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith and University of South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier

The sports legends and entertainment celebrities will tee it up at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in pursuit of the $125,000 winner’s share of the $600,000 purse. You can find out if your favorite celebrity has signed up by checking out the player list. More players are being added continually. 

Daily tickets are currently available online at TahoeSouth.com and TahoeCelebrityGolf.com through Activity Tickets. Tickets are $15 each day for the Lake Tahoe Celebrity-Amateur on Tuesday, July 15; practice round on Wednesday, July 16; and the American Century Celebrity-Am on Thursday, July 17; and $25 for each tournament round, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 18-20. Kids 10 and under receive free admission – limit two, when accompanied by a paying adult.

Discounted Daily Tickets will be available beginning June 1 at 127 Raley's, Bel Air or Nob Hill Foods locations throughout Northern California and Nevada. Tickets are $12 (regularly $15) for access Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and $22 (regularly $25) for Friday, Saturday and Sunday tournament action or $18 with a grocery purchase of $50 or more for up to four tickets. 

Tickets may also be purchased at Edgewood’s Front Gate: Tuesday through Thursday, July 15-17, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, July 18-20 from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tickets purchased at the gate must be paid by either cash or credit card. 

When will you get your tickets to the 25th Annual American Century Championship?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Miami Heat's Ray Allen returns to American Century Championship

Ten-time NBA All-Star and 3-point bucket master for the Miami Heat, Ray Allen, will return to play at the 25th annual American Century Championship, July 15-20 at Edgewood Tahoe.

NBA superstar, Ray Allen, will return to the 25th Annual American Century Championship.
One of the most accurate 3-point and free throw shooters in NBA history, Allen is a 10-time NBA All-Star, and has won two NBA championships, as well as an Olympic gold medal as a member of the 2000 United States men's basketball team. He's even acted in two films, including the 1998 Spike Lee film "He Got Game" with Denzel Washington and as Marcus Blake in the 2001 film "Harvard Man."

As a 16-year veteran, Allen is the NBA's all-time leader both in three-point field goals made and attempted in the regular season as well as is among the NBA's all-time leader in three-point field goals made in the postseason. 

He joined the Miami Heat in 2012 after making a name for himself with the Boston Celtics and before that the Seattle SuperSonics and the Milwaukee Bucks. Among his accomplishments, in 2009 he broke the Celtics franchise record in consecutive free throws made previously set by Larry Bird; in Game 2 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, Allen set the record for most three-pointers made in an NBA Finals game on 8–11 shooting. 

He broke Michael Jordan's record of six three-pointers in one half by hitting seven in the first half and had tied Scottie Pippen and Kenny Smith's record for most three-pointers in one game in the NBA Finals by half time. Allen also became the first player in NBA history to have two separate games of scoring at least seven three-pointers in the NBA Finals.

During Allen's first season with the Miami Heat, he averaged 10.9 points per game and made 88.6 percent of his free throws while playing an average of 25.8 minutes per game. On April 25, 2013, while playing Milwaukee in Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs, Allen made his 322nd career three-pointer in the playoffs, which broke Reggie Miller's record for most three-pointers made in NBA playoff history.

Allen, who placed 37th overall in the 2013 American Century Championship, will be joined by basketball stars past and present, including NBA All-Star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors; Brooklyn Nets Head Coach Jason Kidd; University of Connecticut basketball coach Geno Auriemma; former head Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro and five-time NBA champion Steve Kerr.

Advance tickets are available now at www.TahoeSouth.com. Tickets are also being sold beginning June 1 at 127 Raley's, Nob Hill and Bel Air locations throughout Northern California and Nevada.


Daily tickets will also be sold at the gate. Tickets are $15 for the Lake Tahoe Celebrity-Amateur on Tuesday – Thursday, July 15-17; and $25 for each tournament round, Friday – Sunday, July 18-20. A Patron Badge Season Pass, good for admission all six days, will be on sale for $60. Children 10 and under are free when accompanied with a paid adult. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Larry the Cable Guy aims to 'Get-R-Done' again at 25th American Century Championship

Larry the Cable Guy plays golf? Who would have thunk? But he does, he did and was a huge smash, taking the dubious last place finish honors during his first American Century Championship appearance in 2013.

The burly, backwoods funnyman, known for his redneck catchphrase "Git-R-Done" will return to Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course July 15-20, 2014 for the 25th annual tournament, noted by Forbes recently as "the world’s premier celebrity golf tournament" aired annually on NBC Sports

Larry the Cable Guy returns to the American Century Championship to entertain fans and play some golf.
Larry the Cable Guy, whose real name is Daniel Lawrence Whitney, will join more than 80 of the biggest sports legends and entertainment celebrities to usher in the American Century Championship's silver anniversary, teeing it up in pursuit of the $125,000 winner’s share of the $600,000 purse. 

Not only is Larry the Cable Guy a popular standup comedian, he's also an actor, voice actor, a multiplatinum recording artist, Grammy nominee and Billboard award winner. He stars in the popular History Channel series “Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy," where he explores the country and immerses himself in different lifestyles, jobs, and hobbies. 

He was an original member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, a comedy troupe which included Bill Engvall, Ron White, and Jeff Foxworthy, with whom he has starred on Blue Collar TV.

At 2013 tournament, perennial favorite to finish last, Charles Barkley, had to sit the tournament out due to an injury but served as unofficial tournament ambassador. When he wasn't handing out $100 bills to spectators, Barkley was egging on American Century Championship veterans Ray Romano, Kevin Nealon and first timer-Larry to take the dubious last place title. 

Clad in a camouflage-style golf shirt cut off at the shoulders, Larry the Cable Guy didn't disappoint, playing off his bad golf shots to the gallery, who greeted him at nearly every hole with plenty of "Git-R-Done" cheers.

Larry says he picked up golf only recently, being introduced to the game by his friend, PGA Tour golfer Boo Weekley. During the first round, Larry not only showed off his golfing abilities, but had some fun with the crowd by hitting a football, yes a football, with a wedge.

Advance tickets are available online April 1 at www.TahoeSouth.com and at retail locations beginning June 1. Tickets are also being sold beginning June 1 at 127 Raley's, Nob Hill and Bel Air locations throughout Northern California and Nevada.


Daily tickets will also be sold at the gate. Tickets are $15 for the Lake Tahoe Celebrity-Amateur on Tuesday – Thursday, July 15-17; and $25 for each tournament round, Friday – Sunday, July 18-20. A Patron Badge Season Pass, good for admission all six days, will be on sale for $60. Children 10 and under are free when accompanied with a paid adult. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

2013 American Century Championship Recap

After six days of golf, parties and celebrities we’re still trying to catch up on sleep. In case you missed the American Century Championship (we hope you didn’t!), we’ve got you covered with a recap of the week.

Tuesday-Thursday: The first three days of the tournament are all Celeb Pro-Am rounds. What does that mean? Well some lucky folks got to golf with celebrities such as Alex Smith, Michael Phelps, Stephen Curry and John Elway – among others. 

For the last three years Korbel has hosted the "Korbel Spray-off" – a contest to see who can launch their cork the furthest. They graciously opened the event to the media on Wednesday afternoon. Tom Pelissero of USA Today, won with 81 ft. The celebrities competed throughout the day on Thursday and Shane Battier took first place with 100 ft. – which flew over the fence!

Shane Battier in the Korbel Spray Off Thursday, July 18.
Photo: Korbel
After the final Pro-Am round Thursday, Korbel held a Hole-in-One competition on Edgewood's infamous Hole 17 on Friday afternoon. No one made a Hole-in-One, but Bode Miller was closest to the pin at 10 ft. 11 in. and used an 8 iron. Korbel donated $5,000 to the Tahoe Tallac Association.

Bode Miller helps present the check to the Tahoe Tallac Association.
Photo: American Century Championship
Friday-Sunday: The tournament kicked off and there were a number of leaders over the three days – Chris Chandler, Stephen Curry, Mark Rypien, Jeremy RoenickLucas Black, Billy Joe Tolliver and John Elway. Sunday afternoon was a nail biter. It actually came down to a tie between Mark Rypien and Billy Joe Tolliver! How does one determine a win when there's a tie? Play Hole 18 over and over until someone is determined the winner. In this case, after playing 18 three additional times, Billy Joe Tolliver was named the 24th annual American Century Championship winner!

Tournament Highlights:
Jeremy Roenick catches pass on Hole 17 from John Elway, then takes out caddie, and tackles tree.

Roenick puts on a show for the spectators at 17.
Photo: Tahoe Daily Tribune
The play-off between Rypien and Tolliver. Rypien, Hole 18, Round 2.

Billy Joe Tolliver lines up his put during the first round of sudden death playoffs.
Photo: American Century Championship
And how about the nightlife? Harveys Outdoor Concert Series hosted Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts while MontBleu kept the party going throughout the week with Atmosphere, Slightly Stoopid and its first ever Bass Camp Festival. If you missed the concerts there were plenty of celeb sightings to be had at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe’s own Party with Arty and Peek.

Tim McGraw makes his way through the crowd.
Photo: Tiara Wasner
Who else is ready for the 25th Anniversary next year?

Tiara works for Weidinger Public Relations and assists with PR efforts for American Century Championship – Tahoe Celebrity Golf. As an outdoor enthusiast, Tahoe is the perfect playground for Tiara to combine work with play.

Erin Leigh works for Weidinger Public Relations and assists with PR efforts for the American Century Championship – Tahoe Celebrity Golf. As a sports player and fan, Erin Leigh enjoys all sports, especially ice hockey. In addition, Tahoe offers no-edits necessary scenic beauty which she likes to capture with one of her three cameras. 

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