Star athletes to tee it up at the Walt Disney World Resort pro-am during the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic
The PGA Tour pros aren’t the only stars who will tee it up at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, Oct. 20-23, at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.
A new date a month earlier than last year and rock-star lineup of celebrities and former star athletes should help the event prosper. The pro-am, played during the first two rounds of the tournament on Disney’s Palm Course and Magnolia Course, will help raise money for charity.
Out of Jerome “The Bus” Bettis (Pittsburgh Steelers), ex-NBA player Alonzo Mourning (Miami Heat), Tampa Bay Rays star Johnny Damon, future NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks (Tampa Bay Bucs), actor Anthony Anderson (Law & Order), popular MLB player Brian Wilson (SF Giants), Steve Young (ex-49ers QB), James Shields (Tampa Bay Rays), David Price (Tampa Bay Rays) and Carlos Pena (Chicago Cubs), who would you pick for a golf partner? I’d think I’d like to ride the bus. Bettis is from Detroit (near where I live) and an all-around good guy.
The Disney tournament highlights the PGA Tour’s fall series. The million-dollar question is whether Tiger Woods will tee it up. Woods won the event in 1996 and 1999, but hasn’t played at Disney in a number of years. It would easy for him to tune up his game for The President’s Cup by playing near his old Orlando stomping grounds.
“We once again expect to have one of the strongest Fall Series fields with a mixture of marquee players and fierce competitors battling to finish the season among the Top 125 on the money list,” tournament chairman Kevin Weickel said. “With the increased number of celebrities joining the field, the fan experience will be better than it has ever been.”
Joe Ogilvie received the first of four sponsor exemptions into the season-ending PGA TOUR Fall Series event. Ogilvie has had a solid year, posting three Top 25 finishes, including a third-place performance at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in late May. He is currently 107th on the TOUR money list with $715,749. The defending champion of the 128-player event is TOUR veteran Robert Garrigus.
The Golf Channel will televise the tournament for the fifth consecutive year with live coverage each day. Tickets for individual rounds ($10), badges for Classic week ($20) and one-day Wine & Dine tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or www.ChildrensMiracleNetworkHospitalsClassic.com. The Wine and Dine ticket is good for five entrees and one beverage near the putting green. Net proceeds go to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, including the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in Orlando, and Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville.
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