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Russell, Romano, Wahlberg to Hit the Links

June 4, 2005

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) _ Ray Romano, Kurt Russell and Mark Wahlberg are among those who will make their debut this summer at the annual celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe.

The 16th annual American Century Championship is scheduled July 15-17 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Donald Trump, Peyton Manning, Pete Sampras and John Elway are among those who plan return appearances in the three-day event with a $500,000 purse, sponsors said Thursday.

Other first-timers include NFL first-round draft pick and former California quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 2004 NFL rookie of the year Ben Roethlisberger, running back Jerome Bettis, quarterback Rich Gannon, boxer Arturo Gatti and Danielle Aimee, winner of The Golf Channel’s ``Big Break III: Ladies Only.″

Former NHL star Dan Quinn, who has won the tourney four times, will be back to defend his title along with six-time champion Rick Rhoden.

Entertainers who also plan to play include Carson Daly, Kevin Nealon, Don Cheadle, Maury Povich and John O’Hurley.


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