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MJ, McGwire, Limbaugh among celebs at Tahoe Tourney

Dan Savickas

Scott HessMichael Jordan takes a swipe on the 10th at Edgewood Golf Course Wednesday.

Celebrities and professional athletes have begun pilling in to the South Lake Tahoe area for the 14th annual American Century Championship.

The event is being held at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course starting today and running throughout the weekend. ESPN will air today’s rounds, while NBC plans on airing five hours of live coverage Saturday and Sunday.

The tournament looks to raise more than $100,000 for the families of soldiers who have lost their lives in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In addition, some of the $500,000 in prize money will also go to the cause. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who is matching every donation up to $1 million, spawned the idea.

The event is based on the Stableford scoring system. Under this system points are earned as follows: a double eagle is worth 10, an eagle is 6, a birdie will earn 2, par stays even, a bogey is negative 1, and a double-bogey is negative 2. At the end of the three-day tournament, the golfer with the most points wins.

Celebrities and athletes alike have been out on the course preparing, and they seen ready to go. Comedian Kevin Nealon assured the Sierra Sun he was in fact, “Feeling the flow.” Nealon added, “It’s a circular motion, the ball knows where it needs to go. It’s already bought its plane ticket.”

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday have served as practice rounds for the event; and gave fans a chance to get autographs and photos.

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Michael Jordan pared his first hole out, but had trouble on the 11th tee when he found water instead of the fairway. “I haven’t hit that yet,” Jordan said as he removed a cigar from his mouth.

When asked about the competition at the event, Nealon said, “There’s not much out here, it looks pretty weak.”

The crowd surrounding the course looked like anything but a group gathering to watch golf. Sports jerseys took the place of golf shirts as everyone struggled to get a picture of their favorite athletes. Every few feet fans in Michael Jordan, John Elway and Mark McGwire jerseys crowded the course.

The cost of the tournament is $20 each day, for information call (800) AT-TAHOE.