Thursday, July 2, 2009


(from Forest Grove News-Times)
The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club will be the place to be on Aug. 2-3 as the stars come out for the third Pacific University Legends Golf Classic, hosted by Tommy Thayer.The KISS lead guitarist will welcome another star-studded cast for an exciting two days of dinner, entertainment and golf in support of Pacific University’s 20-sport intercollegiate athletics program.

Over its first two years, the Legends Golf Classic has raised over $250,000 for Pacific, benefiting both student-athletes and the general student population.Thayer will headline an exciting group of celebrities from the worlds of golf, music, entertainment and sports. For the third straight year, PGA veteran Shaun Micheel leads a top-flight list of professional golfers lending their name to the tournament. Joining Micheel, the 2003 PGA Championship winner, are local tour favorite Brian Henninger, up-and-coming pros John Mallinger and Jason Allred, and veteran players Tommy Masters and Esteban Toledo. Sean Fister, the reigning three-time world long drive champion, rounds out the field.

Tapping into the world of music, the Legends Golf Classic welcomes back Warrant guitarists Joey Allen and Erik Turner, Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, Night Ranger frontman Jack Blades, Chicago founding drummer Danny Seraphine, legendary singer/songwriters Johnny Lee and Ray Kennedy, and Doc McGhee, the legendary manager of KISS and many other high profile rock groups.

From the entertainment world, acclaimed actor Clint Howard returns for a second year at the Legends Golf Classic, as does actress and former Monday Night Football sideline reporter Lisa Guerrero.

The world of professional sports will again be well represented at the Legends Golf Classic. NFL Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson and NASCAR legend Geoff Bodine return in 2009, as do former Major League Baseball standouts Chili Davis, Chuck Finley, Scott Erickson, Eric Karros and Jaret Wright. Bret Saberhagen, the former Kansas City Royals star pitcher, joins the Legends Golf Classic for the first time this year.

Tournament spots are filling up quickly as the Legends Golf Classic is developing a reputation as one of the top golf events in the Northwest. The tourney opens on Sunday, Aug. 2, with a dinner and silent and live auctions featuring memorabilia from the music and sports world, trips and special concert opportunities.

The evening concludes with a concert featuring Thayer and many of the other musicians playing in the tournament.The tournament continues on Monday, Aug. 3, with a putting contest, a professional clinic and 18 holes of golf on one of the premier courses in the Northwest.To reserve your place at the Pacific University Legends Golf Classic or for more information, including celebrity biographies and sponsorship details, please visit

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