Monday, July 25, 2011

Tommy Thayer's 'Legends Golf Classic' Set To Tee Off

The 5th Pacific Legends Golf Classic Brings Together Another Star-Studded Field Of Celebrities

FOREST GROVE – There is just one week to go before Tommy Thayer and his celebrity friends get ready to tee off in support of Pacific University's 21-sport NCAA Division III athletics program.

The 2011 Pacific University Legends Golf Classic, hosted by the KISS lead guitarist and Pacific University trustee, takes place on Sun., July 31 and Mon., Aug. 1. Over the first four years of the event, the Legends Golf Classic has raised over $400,000 for Pacific's athletic program and the over 400 student-athletes who participate annually.

“Legends has been successful year after year thanks to the outpouring of support from celebrities from the worlds of sports, entertainment and music,” Thayer said. “I am so happy that so many of my friends are coming back out for another first-class golf event to support Pacific athletics.”

The Legends Golf Classic opens on Sunday with a dinner, auction and concert at the Tiger Woods Center at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton. Emceed by Golf Channel host Holly Sonders, the evening will feature silent and live auctions featuring memorabilia from the music and sports worlds, trips, special concert opportunities as well a limited edition KISS Mini-Cooper automobile.

The evening concludes with a jam session by Thayer and some of his friends, including Don Felder, Robby Krieger, Danny Seraphine, Eric Singer, Clint Black, Darius Rucker and Johnny Lee.

The tournament continues on Monday at The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club in Aloha, one of the premier courses in the Pacific Northwest. A professional golf clinic featuring PGA and LPGA professionals will precede the double-shotgun start.

Also among the featured celebrities expected to participate in this year's Legends Golf Classic include PGA professionals Notah Begay III, Tim Petrovic, Colt Knost, Brian Henninger, Jason Allred and Arron Olberholser; LPGA standouts Perry Swenson and Amber Prange, actors Clint Howard and David Anders, NFL stars Neil Lomax and Leroy Irvin, Major League Baseball stars Richie Sexson, Chuck Finley and Scott Erickson and former Oregon football coach and ESPN analyst Mike Bellotti.

The 2011 Pacific Legends Golf Classic is sold out. There is still a chance, however, to earn a playing spot. A total of six playing spots are being auctioned off this week by our media partners, News Radio 1190 KEX and 105.9 The Brew, with proceeds benefiting Pacific athletics. For more information on the auction, please visit or

In addition, supporters can also participate in the tournament by purchasing a chance in our golf ball drop. For just $20 per ball, you could have a chance to win at least half of the money raised from golf ball sales up to $2,500. The golf ball drop takes places on Mon., Aug. 1, and you need not present to win.

For more information on the golf ball drop as well as details on this year's Pacific University Legends Golf Classic, including celebrity biographies and sponsorship details, please visit