Jordan, Manning head celeb golf event

Updated: June 2, 2005, 4:49 PM ET
Associated Press

STATELINE, Nev. -- Comedian Ray Romano and actors Kurt Russell and Mark Wahlberg are among those who will make their debut this summer at the annual celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe, sponsors said Thursday.

The 16th annual American Century Championship is scheduled July 15-17 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Donald Trump, Peyton Manning, Pete Sampras and John Elway are among those who plan return appearances in the three-day event with a $500,000 purse.

Other first-timers include NFL first-round draft pick and former California quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 2004 NFL rookie of the year Ben Roethlisberger, running back Jerome Bettis, quarterback Rich Gannon, boxer Arturo Gatti and Danielle Aimee, winner of The Golf Channel's "Big Break III: Ladies Only."

Former NHL star Dan Quinn, who has won the tourney four times, will be back to defend his title along with six-time champion Rick Rhoden. Other past champions in the field are Mario Lemieux, Billy Joe Tolliver, Al Del Greco and Mark Rypien.

Other past and present NFL players include Troy Aikman, Marcus Allen, Kyle Boller, Derrick Brooks, Tommy Maddox, Keenan McCardell, Ahmad Rashad, Michael Strahan, Sterling Sharp, Emmitt Smith, Jim McMahon, Steve Spurrier, Joe Theismann, Brian Urlacher, Hines Ward and Jesse Palmer.

Ray Allen, Jason Kidd and Chris Webber are among the NBA stars making return appearances.

Entertainers in the field include Carson Daly, Kevin Nealon, Don Cheadle, Maury Povich and John O'Hurley.

Former Vice President Dan Quayle, tennis star Ivan Lendl, hockeys Jeremy Roenick, world champion Skier Bode Miller, Olympic gold medalist Dan Jansen also intend to play along with 1980 U.S. hockey team captain Mike Eruzione and pro freestyle BMX rider Dave Mirra.


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