Pacifics Legends Golf Classic gears up for its fifth year
- Forest Grove News-Times - Sports
Pacific University will host its annual celebrity golf tournament this summer at The Reserve Golf Club
The stars will be out again in force this summer to support Pacific University athletics as the Legends Golf Classic returns for a fifth year of music, dinner and exciting golf with some of the biggest names in the business.
The 2011 Pacific University Legends Golf Classic, hosted by Tommy Thayer, will take place on Sunday, July 31 and Monday, Aug. 1. Sunday's dinner, auction and celebrity concert will take place at the Tiger Woods Center on the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, with Monday's golf tournament teeing off at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha.
Thayer, a member of the Pacific University Board of Trustees and the lead guitarist for the legendary rock group KISS, headlines the star-studded field of celebrities from the worlds of golf, sports, music and entertainment.
Over the first four years of the tournament, Thayer and his friends have raised nearly $500,000 to support Pacific University's 21-sport intercollegiate athletics program.
Among those celebrities scheduled to join Thayer for the 2011 Pacific University Legends Golf Classic include:
• Robby Krieger, guitarist and songwriter from the legendary rock group The Doors. Krieger penned some of the band's best known songs, including 'Light My Fire,' 'Touch Me' and 'Love Her Madly.'
• Don Felder, lead guitarist of the rock group The Eagles. He wrote the group's best known hit, 'Hotel California,' toured during the band's heyday and recorded on the group's biggest albums.
• Nick Simmons, the son of 2010 Legends Golf Classic participants Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed. Known for his work on the reality show 'Gene Simmons: Family Jewels,' he has also done voiceover work for the Cartoon Network's Robot Chicken and provided vocals for Bruce Kulick's single, 'Hand Of The King.' Simmons is currently a student at another Division III institution, Pitzer College, in Claremont, Calif.
• Notah Begay III is the only full-blooded Native American on the PGA Tour and is one of just three players in the history of professional golf to shoot a round of 59. A four-time winner of PGA Tour tournaments, Begay was named one of Golf Magazine's Innovators of the Year in 2009 and was named one of the Top 100 Sports Educators in the world by the Institute for International Sport.
• Shaun Micheel returns for his fourth Legends Golf Classic. The winner of the 2003 PGA Championship, Micheel placed second at the 2006 PGA Championship and second at the 2006 HSBC World Match Play Tournament, where he beat Tiger Woods in the first round to end Tiger's five-match win streak.
• Arron Olberholser is a major presence on the PGA Tour. Olberholser finished second on the 2002 Nationwide Tour money list and won the 2007 AT and T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, and also finished second at the 2005 Wachovia Championship.
• Mike Bellotti is the winningest coach in the history of the University of Oregon football program. He led the Ducks to 13 winning seasons in his 14 years at the helm. In 2001, he led Oregon to an 11-1 record and a No. 2 final national ranking. Belotti was director of athletics at Oregon from 2009-10 and now serves as a college football television analyst for ESPN.
The event opens July 31 at Nike's Tiger Wood Center with a dinner and silent and live auctions featuring memorabilia from the music and sports world, trips and special concert opportunities. The evening concludes with a concert by Tommy Thayer and friends, featuring many of the musicians playing in the tournament.
The double-shotgun tournament takes place on Aug. 1 at The Reserve, one of the premier courses in the Northwest, preceded by a professional golf clinic featuring PGA and LPGA tour professionals.
To reserve your place at the Pacific University Legends Golf Classic and for more information, including celebrity biographies and sponsorship details, please visit www.pacificlegendsgolf.com.