Thursday, May 16, 2013

Jack Wagner returns to American Century Championship

Just like his iconic and reprising role as Frisco Jones on "General Hospital," you can never count actor/singer Jack Wagner out of the American Century Championship winner's circle.

The two-time ACC winner returns to Edgewood Tahoe July 16-21 looking for his third victory. Always considered contender to the finish, Wagner won the 2011 and 2006 tournaments, and is considered an American Century Championship original, being one of only four players to have played in all 23 tournaments dating back to 1990 (the others are John Elway, Mike Eruzione and Jim McMahon).

Jack takes a break from the 2012 tournament to sign an autograph for a fan.
On that note, Wagner returned again this year to "General Hospital" for several episodes as his most notable daytime character Frisco Jones, a role he has played on and off dating back to 1983. 

With his youthful looks and boyish grin, Wagner is arguably most recognized for his role as the caring, conniving Dr. Peter Burns on the 1990's Fox series “Melrose Place.”

From theater, to daytime television and appearances on such notable programs as "Monk," "Hot in Cleveland," and "Castle," Wagner was a favorite contestant on the ABC prime-time show “Dancing With the Stars” in 2012. In 2013 he also appeared on "Celebrity Apprentice" and on an episode of Nick at Nite's "See Dad Run." He doesn't stop there and has scored big on music singles chart with 1984's hit "All I Need."

An avid golfer, Wagner had once considered going pro before becoming an actor. He is considered one of the leading celebrity golfers with multiple victories including the 2002 Mellon Mario Lemieux Celebrity Invitational.

Hoping to make it a third, Wagner placed 8th at last year's American Century Championship after a promising start. But it was his 2011 victory that was perhaps most notable when he bested Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Wagner does have a tournament in his name, the Jack Wagner Celebrity Golf Classic that raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Wagner created the event to support the Society's mission to cure such cancers as leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. 

A powerhouse lineup of sports legends and entertainment celebrities including Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and Ray Romano will join Wagner for the 24th annual tournament. 
With an impressive field that highlights notable returning players and newcomers, the American Century Championship remains the longest-running and most prominent of celebrity golf tournaments. 

Early commitments have been received for the championship include Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin, Olympic gold medalist skier Bode Miller, NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin, NHL Hall of Famer Brett Hull, NHL All-Star goalie Martin Brodeur, New York Knicks basketball point guard Jason Kidd and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry.

Final weekend coverage is aired live nationally on NBC Sports and NBC

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