2014 Celebrity Golfers
Check out the pictures and profiles of the Celebrities that will be joining us for this year's tournament.
JT Snow, San Francisco Giants Alumni
JT Snow, best known for his exceptional defense throughout a 13-year career, won six Gold Gloves for the San Francisco Giants and is recognized as one of the most popular players in the franchise’s history. Drafted by the New York Yankees in 1989, Snow made his Major League debut in 1992 in New York before being traded to the California Angels before the 1993 season. The first baseman won two Gold Gloves with the Angels, and then was traded to San Francisco prior to the 1997 season, where he immediately flourished. He hit a career-high 28 homes runs in 1997 and won his third consecutive Gold Glove award. Snow continued his impressive career with the Giants, leading the team to the 2000 National League Division Series and the 2002 World Series. Snow spent the 2006 season with the Boston Red Sox before announcing his retirement and signing a one-day contract with San Francisco to officially retire as a Giant. Snow currently serves as an advisor to Giants General Manager Brian Sabean and is also a college baseball analyst on the Pac-12 Network.
AC Green, LA Lakers Alumni
Earning the nickname "Iron Man” by playing in 1,192 consecutive games from 1985 and 1996, the longest streak of its kind in NBA or ABA history, A.C. Green is considered one of the best power forwards of his generation. Selected in the first round of the 1985 draft, Green began his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Playing alongside Magic Johnson, Green was featured on a Lakers team that won back to back NBA Titles in 1987 and 1988. After eight seasons and an All-Star selection in 1990, he signed with the Phoenix Suns in 1993 and continued to put up impressive scoring and rebounding numbers. Green later went on to play for the Dallas Mavericks and then reunited with the Lakers in 1999, where he won his third NBA Title, this time alongside Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. Green played his final season with the Miami Heat before retiring in 2001. Following his NBA career, Green became involved in many successful business ventures, while also running youth camps through his A.C. Green Youth Foundation, where he preaches his success, advice and faith while also teaching the fundamentals of basketball.
Brad Denton, Golf Entertainer
Brad Denton, (A.K.A., Forrest Gump, Gomer Pyle, Jack Nicholson, Jimmy Stewart, Arnold Schwarzenegger: and a host of other characters), performs an incredible one of a kind golf clinic trickshot show that is guaranteed to knock your socks off.
Brad has over 14 years experience as a playing and teaching professional. He has also managed and instructed for a top 5 nationally ranked golf school as well as teaching independently in Nuremberg, Germany. Brad has also competed professionally throughout the US, Canada, & Germany.
Within a structured, informative format, Brad uses his fun-loving sense of humor, impersonations, quick wit and unique shot-making talent to entertain and teach groups of all ages and backgrounds the fundamentals of golf "with a twist."
Come watch Brad perform his incredible shot-making demonstration that shows the fundamentals of the golf swing using a variety of not so ordinary clubs such as a 6ft & 10ft driver while on stilts and more.
Brad has performed before audiences and National Television Shows such as "Real TV" and will also be performing for the "Guiness Book of World Records" to establish a new world record for the "Longest Golf Club in the World."
Come out and join in with Brad for a fun-filled time of laughter, entertainment and instruction. You'll definitely leave with a smile on your face and something to talk about!
Mr. Damien Payne, Professional Long Drive Fundraiser/ Entertainer
Damien was born in Santa Rosa and raised on Oahu Hawaii on the military base, but he calls San Diego, Ca., home because he went to high school there and then on to accept an intercollegiate scholarship at San Diego State for their basketball team. He is currently settled in Sacramento Ca., and is the proud owner of his Rottweiler named Diego. Memories of his great grandfather’s golf stories have helped to inspire Damien’s accomplishments and future goals. He has only been in the sport of Long Drive for three years. In 2011 Damien finished in the top 24 in the Aldila International World Match Play Championships. In 2012, he again advanced finishing top 20 in that same event. Damien’s longest ball of 2012 was 457 yards. With an immeasurable amount of strength and the fastest hips in Long Drive, Damien is the next up and coming star in Long Drive so watch for him as his career launches and talent explodes in 2013.
Standing 6 foot 4 inches tall, Damien works out regularly to keep in top competitive shape.
He’s a nice guy with his fans, but he’s not one you want to compete with!
Harold "Prez" Pressley, Sacramento Kings Alumni
Harold Pressley was selected 17th pick in the first round of the 1986 draft, playing for the Kings from 1986 - 1990. Pressley, drafted as a defensive specialist quickly showed his versatility been named NBA player of the week April 10, 1988 beating out Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler and Charles Barkley. Pressley continued his professional career in Europe where he won back to back Spanish league championships and three Euro finals appearances. Harold Pressley played all 40 minutes in what known as "the perfect Game" as his Villanova Wildcats upset GeorgeTown University by shooting a record setting 78.6% for the game including 90% in the second half. Following his professional career Pressley joined his former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino on the side lines at Cleveland State University where they turned the losing program around. Pressley returned to Sacramento to start his foundation called Treat'em Like a King, providing school supplies, Christmas presents, summer camps and after school programs for disadvantage youth at his 72,000 sq ft event center in the Sacramento area.
Vidal Carlin, St. Louis Rams Alumni and University of Cincinnati Hall of Fame
Vidal Carlin was North Texas’ starting quarterback in 1965 and 1966, leading the Mean Green to an 8-2 record and the Missouri Valley Conference championship as a senior. During his senior campaign he was at the controls in victories over teams such as UTEP, Louisville and Cincinnati. In just two seasons, he completed his career as North Texas’ all-time leader in single-game passing attempts (54), single-game completions (32), single-season passing attempts (341), career passing attempts (633), career completions (276), career touchdown passes (25) and career passing yards (3,233). He remains among the top six players in school history in each of those statistics as well. Carlin recorded eight career 200-yard passing games, which is still the fourth most in school history, and posted a career-high 307 passing yards against Arkansas in 1965. Carlin made an immediate impact with the Mean Green, leading North Texas in passing yards and total offense in both 1965 and 1966. Following his career at North Texas, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL in 1967 as the 16th pick in the third round. He went on to play quarterback in the league with Atlanta and Houston as well, ending his professional career in 1974 with the Oilers. Carlin also spent one year in the Canadian Football League, playing quarterback with the BC Lions in 1970.
Col. Pete McCaffrey, (Ret.) United States Airforce
Colonel McCaffrey, a native of Northern Colorado graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and was commissioned in 1983. He is the former Lead Solo of the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, “Thunderbirds”. Colonel McCaffrey is a Command Pilot who has logged more than 3,500 hours in the F-16, T-37B, T-38A/B and UV-18.
Colonel McCaffrey’s experience includes assignments in Air Training Command, Air Combat Command, United States Air Forces Europe, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), USAF Academy, Montana Air National Guard and AFRC. During Desert Storm, he deployed to the Middle East, where he logged over 200 combat hours and flew 44 combat missions in the F-16C. In his civilian career, Colonel McCaffrey is a pilot with a major U.S. airline and partner in a consulting firm.
Jeff Stover, San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl Champion Alumni
Jeff Stover was a defensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers American football team during the 1980s. In college, Stover finished in 3rd place in the NCAA shot-put competition in 1979. In 1980, while attending the University of Oregon, he was named Pac-10 champion shot-putter. With record-breaking statistics, Stover made it to the 1980 Olympic trials in shot-put. However, as a result of the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott by the United States (held that year in Moscow), he never had the opportunity to compete.
Stover had an extreme desire to play professional football, and earned a tryout with the San Francisco 49ers shortly after they won Super Bowl XVI. He was signed by the 49ers, and in 1984, he was named the team's starting left end. In 1985, he played a full season in a starting role, and registered 10 sacks.
Stover played in the 1984 Super Bowl, when the Niners beat the Dolphins in the game held in Stanford, and also played in the 1988 Super Bowl against the Cincinnati Bengals in Miami.
Marv Hubbard, Oakland Raiders Super Bowl Champion Alumni and All Pro Fullback
Marvin "Marv" Hubbard is a retired American college and professional American football player. He played for the American Football League's and later National Football League's Oakland Raiders from 1969 through 1975, then came back with the NFL's Detroit Lions in 1977.
Fullback wearing jersey #44, Hubbard was famous for his punishing mano-a-mano duels with Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Willie Lanier. Powerfully built, he was famous for crashing headlong into defenders, with little regard for his own well-being.
George Buehler, Oakland Raiders Super Bowl Champion Alumni
George Buehler played for the Oakland Raiders from 1969 to 1978. He became a starter at right offensive guard for the Raiders from 1971 to 1977, and ending his career with the Cleveland Browns in 1978 and 1979. He was part of a particularly strong offensive line during the 1976 season, featuring interior linemates Dave Dalby at center and Gene Upshaw at left guard.
In the 1976 AFC championship game of the 1976–77 NFL playoffs, the Raiders beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, rushing for 157 yards and passing for 88 yards. The Raiders then beat the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI, rushing for a whopping 266 yards and passing for 180 yards.
Norm Thompson, St. Louis Cardinals Alumni
Norm Thompson was drafted in the 1971 NFL Draft as a round 1, pick 17 for the St. Louis Cardinals. He played cornerback in the NFL for eight seasons. He started his career with the St. Louis Cardinals and ended with the Baltimore Colts.
Raymond Chester, Oakland Raiders, 5 Time All Pro and Super Bowl Champion Alumni
Raymond Chester played college football at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and was the #1 Draft Pick for the Oakland Raiders in 1970. He is a Five Time All Pro Bowler and was a Super Bowl Champion in 1980 when the Raiders beat the Philadelphia Eagles.
Chester played 12 years in the league and was a NFL Hall of Fame nominee. He is a NFL Alumni Man of the Year and was inducted into the African American Sports Hall of Fame.
Charlie Weaver, Detroit Lions All Pro Linebacker and USC Hall of Fame
Charlie Weaver was a 1970 All-American defensive end at the University of Southern California. He was an All-Pac-8, USC's Most Inspirational Player in 1970. Weaver played for the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins between 1971 and 1981.
Art Thoms, Oakland Raiders Super Bowl Champion
Art Thoms was recruited by several colleges as a defensive lineman. He chose Syracuse and enjoyed a standout career for the Orangemen under Coach Ben Scwartzwalder. The Orangemen were a Top 20 team in Art’s sophomore season, and they played in the Gator Bowl. In 1969, the Oakland Raiders selected Art with the 22nd pick in the draft. He was just the sixth Syracuse player ever taken the first round at the time. Art cracked the starting lineup in 1970 as a defensive tackle. From 1971 to 1975, he was a mainstay on the vaunted Raider defense, primarily at left tackle. He was named First-Team All-AFC in 1974.
Bobby Jackson, Sacramento Kings Alumni
Bobby Jackson graduated from Salisbury High School in 1992. He attended Western Nebraska Community College and the University of Minnesota before being selected by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 23rd pick in the 1997 NBA Draft. As a Golden Gopher, Bobby Jackson led Minnesota to the Final Four, where they lost to the Kentucky Wildcats.
He was traded to the Denver Nuggets prior to his rookie season where he played 68 games before moving on to a more familiar place in Minnesota where he donned a Timberwolves jersey for two seasons. He had his best years in Sacramento where he played for the Kings from 2000 to 2005 where he was known as "Action Jackson" and a crowd favorite.
Bobby Jackson retired on October 24, 2009. He later became an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings. On September 9, 2013, Jackson was hired by the Minnesota Timberwolves as a player development coach.
Henry Turner, Sacramento Kings Alumni
Henry Turner played collegiately for California State University, Fullerton, graduating in 1988, and played two-season in the NBA for the Sacramento Kings (1989–90 and 1994–95).
In Europe, Turner played mainly in Italy. While playing in Greece for Panionios during the 1993-94 season, Turner thrilled the crowds with his performances and stunning slam dunks. Both came together in one memorable first-half performance against PAOK in the semi-final of the KORAC Cup. In front of a full-house of raucous Panionios fans, Turner scored 30 points in the half and capped it with a 360 degree dunk that had the supporters (and game commentator) in delirium.
Turner retired in 2002 at 36. He went on to work as a basketball analyst for Comcast with co-hosts Jim Kozimor and Kayte Christensen and Lafayette Lever, covering Sacramento Kings games.
Tyronne Gross, San Diego Chargers Alumni
Tyrone Gross is an American football signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2006. Gross attended Lincoln High School in Stockton, California and was a student and a letterman in football. Tyronne Gross graduated from Lincoln High School in 2001. He played college football at Eastern Oregon. Gross was drafted by the New York Sentinels of the United Football League in the UFL Premiere Season Draft. He signed with the team on August 5, 2009.
Now, Tyronne is the Owner and Director of The Table Community Foundation (TCF), which is a non-profit organization committed to creating change among our youth and bettering our world one community at a time. TCF is challenging our communities to better themselves by creating programs that provide the tools and resources needed to equip and empower the people.
Michael Merriweather, Pittsburgh Steelers Alumni and Hall of Fame
Michael Merriweather was drafted in the 3rd round (70th pick overall) of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. His first professional season was 1982 with the Steelers and he was elected to the Pro Bowl in three consecutive seasons: 1984, 1985, and 1986. In 1984 he was 5th in the NFL with 15 sacks, and was named first-team all-NFL that year. He was named Pittsburgh Steelers' Most Valuable Player in 1987.
He was traded to the Minnesota Vikings for a first-round pick in 1989, his first season at Minnesota, he became the first player in NFL history to score the winning points in an overtime game with a safety when he blocked a punt out of the end zone in a game against the Los Angeles Rams for a final score of 23-21, the same game in which the Vikings' Rich Karlis had scored a then-record 7 field goals to get the 21 points that sent the game into overtime. His last year at Minnesota was the 1992 season; he played his final season in 1993 for the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers.
In 1993, Merriweather was inducted into the Pacific Athletics Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Vallejo Sports Hall of Fame in 2004, and was inducted into the Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame in 2012.
Doug Christie, Sacramento Kings Alumni and NBA All-Defensive Team
Doug Christie was selected 17th overall in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics and was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers later that season. In 1994, the Lakers traded him to the New York Knicks. In 1996, he was again traded mid-season, this time to the Toronto Raptors. He stayed with the Raptors until the conclusion of the season in 2000.
At the end of the 2000 season, Christie was traded to the Sacramento Kings. In Sacramento, Christie became the Kings' popular starting shooting guard and developed into one of the league's best defenders, perennially named to the NBA All-Defensive Team; also he was recognized as one of the best 3pt-shooters during this time.
Skip Vanderbundt, San Francisco 49ers Alumni
Skip Vanderbundt attended Oregon State University from 1964-1968 and was pick First Team All Pac-10 linebacker in 1967. He was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft by San Francisco 49ers in 1968.
Vanderbundt started as an outside linebacker for 10 of 11 years with the 49ers and was selected Second Team All Pro in 1972. He was named Defensive team captain from 1974-1978 and has 22 career interception with six touchdowns as a result. Vanderbundt held the team record with a 73 yard fumble return for a touchdown vs. Dallas Cowboys in 1972. He was also NFL Defensive Player of the Week for intercepting two passes and recovering two fumbles resulting in two touchdown on Thanksgiving Day in 1972.
James J. Molinari, (Ret.) US Marshal
In his most recent position Jim served as State Director with United States Senator Dianne Feinstein. In his position, Jim oversaw Senate operations in the San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno and San Francisco offices in California. Prior to joining the Senator’s staff, he served as Executive Director for the San Francisco Bay Area High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). As Executive Director, he managed the coordination and implementation of all HIDTA programs and initiatives.
He was appointed United States Marshal by President William J. Clinton for the Northern District of California. As the United States Marshal, he was responsible for the administration of federal law enforcement and business operations for the judicial district.
Ferric Collons, New England Patriots Alumni
Ferric Collons was picked up by the New England Patriots in 1995. He played 5 out of his 6 professional seasons with the Patriots before being picked up by the Oakland Raiders.
In New England, Collons played as Defensive End in every game, four as a starter. By 1996, he started seven games, including Super Boal XXXI against Green Bay.