The HP Byron Nelson Championship gets underway on Thursday at 7 a.m. when Charles Howell III tees it up on No. 1 at the TPC Four Seasons in Las Colinas. The action of Nelson week kicked into high gear with the Celebrity-Am at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the prestigious Dallas National Golf Club.
Celebrity participants on hand for the event included Dallas Cowboys greats Roger Staubach, Lee Roy Jordan Tony Casillas and Daryl "Moose" Johnston, TCU head football coach Gary Patterson, SMU head football coach June Jones, former Texas A&M head football coach R.C. Slocum, former Dallas Stars Brett Hull and Marty Turco, USA Hockey legend Mike Eruzione, former Texas Rangers catcher Jim Sundberg, country music singers Pat Green, Jack Ingram and Rudy Gatlin, former SMU 'Pony Express' running backs Eric Dickerson and Craig James, WFAA sports anchor Dale Hansen, FOX Sports lead play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket's George Dunham and Craig Miller and Dallas Stars color analyst Daryl Reaugh. In this instance, the course itself is a star as -- carrying a $200,000 initiation fee and monthly dues in the neighborhood of $1,000 -- the opportunity to play it is a conversation starter in its own right.
In the past, this event which features celebs rather than pros playing with the amateurs has taken place at the Vaquero Club in Westlake, but beginning this year, the two exclusive venues will alternate hosting the celebrities and those who are dropping $7500 apiece to play alongside them. Dallas National is considerably more difficult of the two Tom Fazio-designed courses. The 7,372 yard course located south of downtown Dallas is ranked No. 1 in the state of Texas and No. 59 in the U.S. by Golf Digest.
The $7500 price tag to play in the Celebrity-Am also includes two Gold credentials that provide VIP covered seating on the 18th green and complimentary water, soft drinks and beer, 56 any day tickets, one valet parking pass at the Four Seasons from Wednesday through Sunday and daily lunch for two at the Verandah from Wednesday through Sunday.
When the day came to a close, the winners were those on the team of 1980 'Miracle on Ice' legend Mike Eruzione, but the real winners are the troubled and at-risk kids helped by the Salesmanship Club. The Club's charitable efforts have raised more than $127 million to support its programs, placing it at the top of the list of all-time charity contributors on the PGA TOUR.
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