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42 Celebrities Compete in the Eleventh Annual Korbel Celebrity Spray-Off

July 14, 2017, Lake Tahoe, NV –  On July 13, Korbel California Champagne once again honored the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament with its eleventh annual “Celebrity Spray-Off” where defending champion Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts took home first place for the second year in a row, as well as $5,000 from the Korbel Toast Life® Foundation for the charity of his choice.

Just as celebrity superstars made their way to the 18th tee, Korbel challenged players to show off their best champagne-popping skills during the highly-anticipated Celebrity Spray-Off as part of tournament festivities. DeMarcus reclaimed his winning title after popping the cork 75 feet for the furthest distance of the day.

This year’s competition brought together 42 players, all vying for the championship to benefit charity. Contending participants included Former MLB All-Star Pitcher Derek Lowe with a second-place distance of 71 feet, followed by Former MLB All-Star Outfielder Joe Carter with a 66-foot cork shot, earning him third place in the competition. As players attempted to beat out competitors with soaring corks, others chose to demonstrate their champagne-spraying talent with a locker room style performance.

Although he was not crowned the champion, Golden State Warriors NBA MVP Stephen Curry proved to be a fan favorite with a stylish champagne shake before popping a long distance cork. Professional Golfer and Media Personality Paige Spiranac’s cork distance earned her a place in the top 10, while Actor Rob Riggle and Comedian Larry the Cable Guy won the crowd over with their explosive champagne sprays and lively cork popping. In addition, NFL fan favorites Jerry Rice, Golden Tate, Joe Theismann, Jerome Bettis and Brian Urlacher drove their corks down the field traveling distances over 62 feet.

“Each year, we look forward to presenting fans and players with the renowned Celebrity Spray-Off as part of Korbel’s signature events at the tournament” said Gary Heck, owner and president of Korbel Champagne Cellars. “This event is not only an opportunity for players to have some fun and celebrate with Korbel, but more importantly, it’s an effort to raise money for a good cause through the Korbel Toast Life Foundation.”

Football: Jerome Bettis, Trent Dilfer, Herm Edwards, John Elway, Marshall Faulk, Jared Goff, Robbie Gould, Rodney Harrison, A.J. Hawk, Sebastian Janikowski, Jim McMahon, Carson Palmer, Doug Pederson, Jerry Rice, Mark Rypien, Sterling Sharpe, Alex Smith, Emmitt Smith, Golden Tate, Joe Theismann, Brian Urlacher

Basketball: Stephen Curry, Dell Curry, Jason Kidd

Baseball: Joe Carter, Roger Clemens, Tom Glavine, Derek Lowe, John Smoltz, Tim Wakefield, David Wells

Hockey: Mike Modano, Joe Pavelski

Golf: Paige Spiranac

Entertainment: Larry the Cable Guy, Jay DeMarcus, John O’Hurley, Rob Riggle, Joe Don Rooney, Blair O’Neal

Olympians and Other Sports: Mardy Fish, Bode Miller

Complete list of participants:

  1. Jerome Bettis, Former All-Pro Running Back
  2. Larry the Cable Guy, Actor/Comedian
  3. Joe Carter, Former MLB All-Star
  4. Roger Clemens, Former MLB All-Star Pitcher
  5. Stephen Curry, NBA MVP: Golden State Warriors
  6. Dell Curry, Former NBA Guard
  7. Jay DeMarcus, Singer/Musician: Rascal Flatts
  8. Trent Dilfer, Former All-Pro Quarterback
  9. Herm Edwards, Former NFL Head Coach
  10. John Elway, NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback
  11. Marshall Faulk, NFL Hall of Fame Running Back
  12. Mardy Fish, Olympic Silver Medalist: Tennis
  13. Tom Glavine, Hall of Fame Pitcher
  14. Jared Goff, NFL Quarterback: Los Angeles Rams
  15. Robbie Gould, NFL Pro Bowl Kicker: Chicago Bears
  16. Rodney Harrison, Former NFL Pro Bowl Safety
  17. AJ Hawk, NFL Linebacker: Cincinnati Bengals
  18. Sebastian Janikowski, NFL Pro Bowl Kicker: Oakland Raiders
  19. Jason Kidd, Former NBA All-Star and Head Coach: Milwaukee Bucks
  20. Derek Lowe, Former MLB All-Star Pitcher
  21. Jim McMahon, Former NFL: All-Pro Quarterback
  22. Bode Miller, Olympic Gold Medalist: Skier
  23. Mike Modano, NHL Hall of Fame
  24. John O’Hurley, Actor
  25. Blair O’Neal, Model and Golf Channel Host
  26. Carson Palmer, Quarterback: Arizona Cardinals
  27. Joe Pavelski, NHL All-Star: San Jose Sharks
  28. Doug Pederson, NFL Head Coach: Philadelphia Eagles
  29. Jerry Rice, NFL Hall of Fame WR
  30. Rob Riggle, Actor/Comedian
  31. Joe Don Rooney, Singer/Musician: Rascal Flatts
  32. Mark Rypien, Former NFL Pro Bowl QB
  33. Sterling Sharpe, Former NFL All-Pro Wide Receiver
  34. Alex Smith, NFL Pro Bowl QB: Kansas City Chiefs
  35. Emmitt Smith, NFL Hall of Fame Running Back
  36. John Smoltz, Hall of Fame Pitcher
  37. Paige Spiranac, Professional Golfer and Media Personality
  38. Golden Tate, NFL Pro Bowl WR: Detroit Lions
  39. Joe Theismann, Former Super Bowl Champion Quarterback
  40. Brian Urlacher, Former NFL Pro Bowl LB: Chicago Bears
  41. Tim Wakefield, Former MLB All-Star Pitcher
  42. David Wells, Former MLB All-Star Pitcher

About the American Century Golf Championship

The 28th annual American Century Championship.  Raising money for local and national charities, this NBC Sports’ made-for-TV event is the preeminent celebrity golf tournament.  This year’s competition features a purse of $600,000.  The tournament is a 54-hole modified Stableford format that attracts some of sports’ and entertainment’s greatest celebrities.  American Century Investments is the title sponsor of the tournament. This event is often referred to as the Super Bowl of celebrity events with more than 80 of the biggest sports and entertainment stars. Celebrities scheduled to appear include Charles Barkley, Justin Timberlake, Aaron Rodgers, Abby Wambach, John Elway, Jerry Rice and Andre Iguodala. 

About Korbel
Established in 1882 in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, Korbel Champagne Cellars produces the United States’ most popular méthode champenoise champagne. But, the true measure of Korbel’s success during its 135 years can be seen in the impact it’s had on American consumers and its presence at various celebrations throughout the years. Owned and managed by the Heck family since 1954, Korbel currently makes eleven California champagnes and a limited amount of still wine. In a separate facility, Korbel also produces one of the country’s most respected brandies.

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