2017 Celebrity Golfers
Jeremy Affeldt, San Francisco Giants Alumni
A three-time World Series champion, Jeremy Affeldt made a habit of excelling on the biggest of stages over the course of his 14-year Major League Baseball career. Tall, wiry and lefthanded, Affeldt was a relief pitcher for the majority of his career, with 732 of his 774 regular season appearances coming out of the bullpen.
After he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the third round of the 1997 Amateur Draft, Affeldt made his major league debut in 2002 with Royals. He appeared in 184 games with the Royals over five seasons before he was traded to the Colorado Rockies midway through the 2006 season. He remained with the Rockies through the 2007 season before he signed with the Cincinnati Reds for the 2008 season. Affeldt then signed with the Giants prior to the 2009 season and went on to appear in 414 regular season games over the next seven seasons, currently eighth-most in the franchise’s history. In 2010 when the Giants won their first World Series since 1954 Affeldt appeared in five postseason games out of the bullpen. When the Giants returned to the playoffs two seasons later in 2012 Affeldt’s role increased dramatically, as did his effectiveness. He appeared in 10 games that postseason, allowing just eight baserunners and no runs while striking out 10 as the Giants won for the second time in three seasons.
Doug Christie, Sacramento Kings Alumni
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.
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.
Vida Blue, Oakland A's Alumni
One of the most electrifying pitchers of his generation, Vida Blue was a leader and a star on the highly entertaining “Swingin’ A’s” Oakland Athletics teams of the 1970’s that won three straight World Series from 1972 to 1974. Blue, who was drafted out of high school in 1967, debuted with the Athletics as a 19-year-old in 1969 and by 1971 he had already become a bona fide star and taken the country by storm.
The lefty hurler led the American League with 24 wins, eight shutouts and a 1.82 earned run average, he started the All-Star Game, led the Athletics to the postseason for the first time in 40 years, was named the A.L. Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner, and also appeared on the covers of Sports Illustrated and Time magazine, all before turning 22. Blue continued his stellar ways in Oakland through the 1977 season, winning more than 20 games in a season twice more, earning two more All-Star appearances and most importantly being a key member of the back-to-back-to-back World Series winners. After nine seasons with the Athletics Blue was traded across Bay to the San Francisco Giants before the 1978 season.
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.
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.
Vince "Pasta Man" Ciurluini, Professional Long Driver
Vince "Pasta Man" Ciurluini has been to 20 World Long Drive Championships. His Longest Drive in Competition has been 469 yards.