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April 15, 2011 > TPC Stonebrae hosts charity Pro-Am

TPC Stonebrae hosts charity Pro-Am

By Kevin Yin

As part of the run-up to the 2011 Fresh Express Classic, TPC Stonebrae in Hayward teamed up with NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice to host the Jerry Rice Charity Pro-Am on Wednesday, April 13.

The event afforded participants the opportunity to play alongside pros of the Nationwide Tour as well as celebrities such as former NFL stars Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott, and to make a meaningful contribution to a charitable cause while enjoying one of the Bay Area's finest golf courses.

"It's a challenging course, very challenging. I'm thrilled to be out here though," said NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz. "It's a great course, but the bottom line is it's an opportunity to be involved in charity."

The first group of players teed off at 8:15 a.m. Despite the morning chill, conditions were tolerable until about 9:30 when it started to rain. Many players elected to take a break in an attempt to wait out the rain, which lasted for about an hour.

"It's a little bit wet, a little bit cold, but it's a really nice course," said Jeff Davidson from Clayton. "I played here last week and it was absolutely gorgeous. It's really a beautiful course."

Although inconvenienced by the morning shower, participants were in general agreement on the quality of the course and its picturesque setting.

"It's absolutely wonderful, except for the rain," said Scott Sandberg. "It's a beautiful course, great shape. I love the surroundings; you're out here in nature. It's pretty cool."

Proceeds from the Pro-Am went to First Tee, an organization devoted to helping children of all backgrounds discover and explore the game of golf.

The actual tournament, the Nationwide Tour's 2011 Fresh Express Classic, began on Thursday morning, April 14, and is scheduled run through Sunday, April 17. All four days of action will be covered live on the Golf Channel. Last year's champion, Kevin Chappell, took home a first place prize of $108,000.

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