The Fresh Coat - Sunday March 8
Action on the Copperhead started this afternoon with the 3M $1 Million Hole-In-One Challenge. A starting field of 27 was whittled down to the final 15, none of whom made the winning hole-in-one on the 17th hole. Gerry Beland, 4th from the right, did get it 15’3″ from the hole to take home the closest-to-the-pin prize. Gerry, 70, played golf for 55 years without an ace, now he’s had 3 since 2011 including the one on February 9th at Belleair that qualified him for today’s event. Another of the finalists, was auto racing Nigel Mansell who will also participate as a celebrity in tomorrow’s Trinity Pharma Group Pro-Celebrity-Am presente by BB&T.
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A meeting of greats from the sporting world, both Tampa Bay-based and beyond, will occur Monday on the Copperhead when 26 top celebrities – 25 world-class athletes, active and retired (plus comedian Ron White) will team with 26 pros to give their amateur partners a thrill of a lifetime. Opening ceremonies are at 11:45 before a 12:30 shotgun start. Media are welcome to attend, no credentials are needed.
Here is the latest list of celebrities:
Buccaneers – Celebrity Hosts Ronde Barber and Derrick Brooks, Vincent Jackson, Mike Glennon, Shelton Quarles, Warrick Dunn, Mike Alstott (and Buccaneer brother Tiki Barber).
Active MLB – Matt Moore and Rene Rivera of the Rays, R.A. Dickey and Josh Donaldson of the Blue Jays and Cole Hamels of the Phillies.
MLB Legends – Tino Martinez, Gary Sheffield, Mike Schmidt, Lou Piniella, Fred McGriff, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, Goose Gossage, Troy Glaus.
Other Celebrities – Dave Andreychuk of the Tampa Bay Lightning, NBAers Bob Dandridge and Vinny “Microwave” Johnson, auto racing’s Nigel Mansell and comedian Ron White.
Among the pros expected to participate are John Daly, 2008 Valspar Championship winner Sean O’Hair, Billy Hurley III and Jonathan Byrd as well as the world’s number one amateur Ollie Schniederjans of Georgia Tech and Big Break Myrtle Beach winner Jimmy Brandt.
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The exciting finish to the Puerto Rico Open produced some changes in the field, even more than usual as sponsor exemptions John Daly and Sam Saunders became qualified by their top 10 finishes. They were among nine players who entered the field due to their performance in Puerto Rico. The tournament extended their exemptions to former Masters champion Trevor Immelman and two-time PGA TOUR winner J.J. Henry. The tournament’s final unrestricted exemption went to Max Homa, who like Henry, had been displaced from the field by the influx from Puerto Rico. A full field list can be seen at here.