A blockbuster gathering of 90 major sports and entertainment stars – including Charles Barkley and Justin Timberlake – have signed on for the 27th annual American Century Championship running July 19-24 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. The 54-hole tournament will be televised live on NBC Sports and NBCSN.
The golf tournament will feature a host of active players from football, basketball and hockey as well as prominent artists from film, television, music and comedy. In addition to Barkley and Timberlake, some of the bigger names include Aaron Rodgers, Jerry Rice, John Elway, Steve Young, Jim Harbaugh, Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Iguodala, T.J. Oshie, Emmitt Smith, Larry the Cable Guy, Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” and Kevin Nealon.
The field will also include a long list of famous first-timers with current NFL stars Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals joined by Brandon Marshall of the New York Jets, and Golden Tate of the Detroit Lions, Andre Iguodala of the 2015 World Champion Golden State Warriors, Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter, former MLB star Todd Helton, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, Dallas Stars All-Star center Tyler Seguin and NASCAR driver Brian Vickers.
Five women will make their inaugural appearances at Tahoe, including two-time Olympic Soccer Gold Medalist Abby Wambach, 2013 Women’s World Long Drive Champion Heather LeMaster, model and aspiring LPGA player Paige Spiranac, NHL on NBC host Kathryn Tappen, and Golf Channel host Blair O’Neal. Golf Channel host Lisa Cornwell returns for 2016, bringing the number of female competitors to six, the largest in tournament history.
The elite field of athletes includes 11 Hall of Famers and dozens who earned Most Valuable Player awards. Among the NFL Hall of Famers are Marcus Allen, Tim Brown, John Elway, Jerry Rice, Marshall Faulk, Jerome Bettis and Emmitt Smith, Steve Young and Cris Carter.
They will be joined by a contingent of active NFL quarterbacks including 2014 MVP Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, Blake Bortles of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Ryan Fitzpatrick of the New York Jets, Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs and Carson Palmer of the Arizona Cardinals. Other active NFLers include wide receiver Wes Welker, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker A.J. Hawk and placekickers Sebastian Janikowski of the Oakland Raiders and Robbie Gould of the Chicago Bears. Former stars include recently retired Jared Allen, Brian Urlacher, Rodney Harrison, Sterling Sharpe, Joe Theismann, Hines Ward and NBC Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth.
The coaching delegation features Steve Kerr of the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, Jim Harbaugh of Michigan, Brian Kelly of Notre Dame, Marvin Lewis of the Bengals, and former coach turned analyst Herm Edwards. Former Vice President Dan Quayle also returns to the field in 2016.
Major League Baseball pitchers are well represented by defending champion Mark Mulder, Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens, Trevor Hoffman, David Wells, Bret Saberhagen, Tim Wakefield, Josh Beckett and Derek Lowe. Former stars Chipper Jones, Joe Carter, David Justice, Kenny Lofton, Pudge Rodriguez, Kevin Millar will be going deep at Tahoe.
Celebrations include footballs, basketballs, baseballs and hockey pucks tossed by players to beachcombers and bikini-clad fans along No. 17, the lakefront par 3 party hole have become an annual attraction.
Advanced tickets are also available online at www.TahoeSouth.com. Tickets cost $20 each day for the Lake Tahoe Celebrity-Amateur on Tuesday, July 19; practice round on Wednesday, July 20; and the American Century Celebrity-Am on Thursday, July 21; and $30 for each tournament round, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 22-24. Children 10 and younger receive free admission – limit two – when accompanied by a paying adult.
Specially priced tickets are on sale at Raley’s, Bel Air and Nob Hill Foods June 13 through July 24. Tuesday through Thursday tickets cost $17 (save $3) in the stores and $20 at the gate. Friday through Sunday tickets cost $27 in the stores and $30 at the gate. Limit four per customer. Tickets are also available on-site the days of the tournament.