Slate of celebrity players in for Art Shell
PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (May 27, 2014) –
The Art Shell UMES Celebrity Golf Tournament is getting into full swing as sports
celebrities are filling the line-up for the June 11 event. Players tee off at 8 a.m. at Great Hope Golf
Course in Westover, Md.
Local golfers can join pro football Hall of
Famer and University of Maryland Eastern Shore alumnus Art Shell in raising
scholarship funds for the university’s Athletic and PGA-accredited Golf
Professional international long drive
competitor Maurice Allen appears in the event’s 2014 edition for an exhibition
prior to the day’s shotgun start. Allen
holds the World Guinness Record (2012) for the fastest golf drive at 211 mph
using a fairway wood. His best hit is
453 yards achieved at the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship in Mesquite last
Among the 35 sports celebrities hitting the
greens with Shell (offensive tackle and two-time Oakland
Raiders head coach) are fellow Super Bowl winners and UMES (formerly Maryland
State College) alumni Emerson Boozer and Earl Christy, both New York Jets
greats. Two-time Super Bowl winners Raleigh
McKenzie and Clarence Vaughn, who both played with the Washington Redskins,
will also join the line-up.
Shell, who was inducted in this year’s
College Football Hall of Fame, is joined by other members Boozer, Roger Brown
(Det. Lions), Lydell Mitchell (Balt. Colts) and Bruce Taylor (S.F. 49ers).
A golf great always on hand for the cause
is James Black, the first black golfer to shoot a 67 in a pro tournament—his
PGA Tour debut in 1964. Black’s
appearance is fitting in concert with his interest in youth and golf.
UMES’ event features junior golf clinics
June 9 and a Junior Golf Tournament June 10 as a way “to introduce them to the
course of study at the university,” tournament director Marshall Cropper, said. UMES is one of 19 colleges in the nation with
the PGA-sanctioned major, and the only one at a historically black institution.
Registration, which includes 18 holes of
golf with a celebrity, a pre-game mixer, food and beverages on the course, an
awards dinner and commemorative gifts, is $200 per person and $750 for a
foursome. Don’t play golf, but want to
join in the fun? Tickets for the
pre-game mixer are $50 per person or $500 for a table of ten.
call 410-651-8045 or email ArtShellGolfClassic@umes.edu
to register or for more information.
Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580.