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April 8, 2009 > Charity golf tournament in Sonoma attracts celebrities

Charity golf tournament in Sonoma attracts celebrities

By Gary van den Heuvel

Mayacama, the premier private golf, lodging and wine club in Northern California's wine country, will host a charity golf tournament featuring several celebrities from the sports and entertainment fields on Tuesday, May 19, in partnership with the Schultz Celebrity Golf Classic.

The celebrity hosts are John and Lisa O'Hurley. John is best known as J. Peterman, Elaine's boss on Seinfeld, as well as a memorable stint on Dancing with the Stars. Other celebrity attendees include musician Michael Bolton, longtime Hollywood couple Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, Cheryl Ladd (Charlie's Angels), former Hercules star Kevin Sorbo, and Seinfeld's"David Puddy" himself, Patrick Warburton, who can now be heard regularly as a voice on the animated hit Family Guy.

Athletes in attendance include former San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Steve Bono, Olympic gold medal skier Jonny Mosely, big-wave surfer Jeff Clark, and hockey's Great One, Wayne Gretzky.

This annual tournament is one of the few times that Mayacama, in the heart of the Sonoma County foothills, is open to the public. For $2,500, golfers can play in the 96-player tournament, which will also include dinner and a live auction for the player and a guest.

The tournament format is two best balls out of five "Shamble" Stoke Play. The dinner and auction are also open to nongolfers for $200 per person. Auction items include a week's stay in the penthouse at Estancia including golf and dinners, a walk-on role in a Hollywood production, and a Bandon Dunes Golf Trip, among others.

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. at the clubhouse; at 9, the driving range opens; the tournament starts at 10:30; 4:30 p.m. is cocktail hour and a celebrity meet-and-greet; and the dinner and auction begins at 5:30 p.m.

The Mayacama course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, opened in 2001 and is ranked number 66 in Golf Digest's top 100 courses in America. Tournament proceeds will go to Sonoma County Children's Charities, which is a coalition of five local charities including the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, the Valley of the Moon Children's Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Sonoma County, the WCC Charitable Foundation, and the Sonoma County Scholarship Foundation.

Entry forms can be obtained by calling Amber Behrens at 707-837-7902, or via e-mail at amberbehrens@comcast.net. It's a first-come first-served basis and sells out quickly.

Mayacam is located at 1240 Mayacama Golf Club Drive, Santa Rosa, 94543.

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