By Matt Hombach
While Baltimore’s marquee professional golf event, the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, is still more than a month away, fans will have the opportunity next week to catch some “professional” action up close and personal.
The Geppi Entertainment Museum Celebrity Golf Classic will feature dozens of celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment teeing it up at Hillendale Country Club Sept. 5-7.
|Lee Moore, co-founder of the Celebrity Golf Tour; and Orioles legend Brooks Robinson at the 2006 Celebrity Golf Classic.
Now in its third year, the three-day event brings together greats from professional baseball, football, basketball as well as professional musicians and comedians to compete. It provides fans with a unique chance to watch some familiar faces feed their competitive drive on the course.
Tournament sponsors and invited guests get to mingle with the celebrity participants off the course in two special nightly events. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Belanger-Federico Foundation, Inc., a Maryland-based non-profit that raises funds to fight lung cancer and pediatric cancer.
The foundation was created in 2004 in memory of Mark Belanger and Susannah Federico. Belanger was the eight-time Gold Glove-winning shortstop for the Orioles who died of lung cancer at the age of 54. Federico, mother of foundation president Chris Federico, died of leukemia at 66.
The goal for this year’s event is to raise $100,000 for the Belanger-Federico Foundation’s Cool Kids Campaign, which was co-founded by Olympic figure skater Kimmie Meissner. It is dedicated to improving the quality of life for pediatric oncology patients and their families and funding lung cancer research.
Former Orioles greats will comprise a large portion of the field at the event. Dave Johnson, former pitcher for the O’s, and Davey Johnson, fresh off managing the USA Olympic team in China, will both be teeing it up.
Rick Dempsey, B.J. Surhoff, Gregg Olson and Jesse Orosco have also committed to take part and raise funds for a great cause.
“We are so lucky to have strong support from these celebrities on a local and national level,” Chris Federico said. “These guys look forward to this event every year and fly in from all over the country to have fun, interact with sponsors and help us make this a successful event.”
Other celebrities who will try their hand at Hillendale include Olympic speed skater Dan Jansen, hockey great Brett Hull, comedian Scott Henry, Baltimore Colts Tom Matte and Bruce Laird and former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich.
The celebrities teeing it up won’t be facing a cream puff course during the three-day event as Hillendale will provide a formidable test. The par-72 layout, designed by William and David Gordon, was built in 1954 and remains one of the premier private courses in the Baltimore area.
The Celebrity Golf Classic is partnering with MASN this year to produce a half-hour television show recapping the event. The show will feature highlights and interviews with participating celebrities.
Geppi's Entertainment Museum has produced the Celebrity Golf Classic for the past three years. The museum, located in the same building as the Sports Legends Museum near Camden Yards, offers visitors a captivating journey through more than 250 years of American pop culture. The museum exhibits nearly 6,000 artifacts including comics, toys, dolls, games and memorabilia.
Schedule of Events
Friday, Sept. 5: Celebrity-Am Competition, 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 6: Celebrity-Am Competition, 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Buddy Shelton Trick Show Show, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 7: Celebrity Partners Competition, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Admission: $10 donation per day for the Cool Kids Campaign.
Autograph Policy: There will be no sports memorabilia allowed on the course.
For more information, visit www.bfpf.com.
Issue 3.35: August 28, 2008