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Josh Allen Steals Title and Breaks Record as Rookie Korbel Celebrity Spray-Off Participant


38 Celebrities Compete in the Thirteenth Annual Korbel Celebrity Spray-Off

July 15, 2019, Lake Tahoe, NV –  Korbel California Champagne once again celebrated the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship with its thirteenth annual “Celebrity Spray-Off” held July 11, where NFL Quarterback Josh Allen took home top honors and $5,000 from the Korbel Toast Life® Foundation benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

As celebrities made their way to the 18th tee, Korbel challenged players to show off their best champagne-popping skills during the fan-favorite Celebrity Spray-Off as part of tournament festivities. Allen stole first place after shooting an 83-foot cork for the furthest distance of the day, breaking the all-time Korbel Spray-Off record.

This year’s competition brought together 38 players, all vying for the winning title to benefit charity. Contending participants included popular Comedian Rob Riggle with a second-place distance of 74 feet, followed by Former All-Pro Quarterback Trent Dilfer with a 70-foot cork, earning him third place in the competition. While participants are ultimately judged on cork distance, champagne-spray style added to the excitement and fun for players and spectators alike.

Although he was not crowned the winner, defending Spray-Off Champion and NBA MVP Stephen Curry returned for a chance to reclaim his title, although his cork shot fell short of the stiff competition. Other NBA stars Kyle Lowry and Charles Barkley made an appearance with locker room style champagne sprays while NFL pros Larry Fitzgerald, Brian Urlacher and Travis Kelce tossed long-distance corks for their chance to benefit charity.

“We’re thrilled to bring Korbel’s signature events to the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship each year, and it’s truly been exciting to see so many first-time participants as well as returning faces,” said Gary Heck, owner and president of Korbel Champagne Cellars. “Besides the spirited competition, the annual Spray-Off brings together friendly rivals for a good cause.”

Complete list of participants:

Name                                                 Description

  1. Josh Allen                                  NFL Quarterback: Buffalo Bills
  2. Marcus Allen                              NFL Hall of Fame Running Back  
  3. Bret Baier                                  FOX News Host and Chief Political Anchor
  4. Charles Barkley                          NBA Hall of Famer 
  5. Jay Bilas                                    ESPN College Basketball Analyst
  6. Roger Clemens                           Former MLB All Star Pitcher
  7. Dell Curry                                  Former NBA Shooting Guard
  8. Steph Curry                               Golden State Warriors Two-Time NBA MVP
  9. Andy Dalton                               NFL Quarterback: Cincinnati Bengals
  10. Trent Dilfer                               Former Super Bowl Champion QB
  11. Dylan Dreyer                            Meteorologist, NBC News, Today Show
  12. Herm Edwards                          Arizona State Football Head Coach
  13. Larry Fitzgerald                         Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl WR
  14. Doug Flutie                              Former NFL Pro Bowl QB
  15. Tom Glavine                             MLB Hall of Fame Pitcher
  16. Robbie Gould                            Placekicker: San Francisco 49ers
  17. AJ Hawk                                   Former NFL Pro Bowl LB
  18. Kyle Lowry                               NBA All-Star PG: Toronto Raptors
  19. Joe Mauer                                 Former All-Star MLB Catcher & AL MVP
  20. Jim McMahon                            Former NFL Pro Bowl QB
  21. Kevin Millar                               Former MLB Player, Current MLB Analyst
  22. Bode Miller                                Olympic Gold Medalist Alpine Skier
  23. Jordy Nelson                             Current NFL Wide Receiver
  24. Sean Payton                              NFL Head Coach: New Orleans Saints
  25. Doug Pederson                          NFL Head Coach: Philadelphia Eagles
  26. Alfonso Ribeiro                          Actor: Fresh Prince of Bel Air
  27. Rob Riggle                                Actor/Comedian
  28. Joe Don Rooney                        Singer/Musician: Rascal Flatts
  29. Tyler Seguin                             NHL All Star: Dallas Stars Forward
  30. John Smoltz                             MLB Hall of Fame Pitcher
  31. Golden Tate                             Current WR: New York Giants
  32. Joe Theismann                         Former Super Bowl Champion QB
  33. Brian Urlacher                          NFL Hall of Fame LB
  34. Tim Wakefield                          Former MLB All-Star Pitcher
  35. DeMarcus Ware                        Former NFL Pro Bowl Linebacker
  36. David Wells                             Former MLB All Star Pitcher
  37. Travis Kelce                             NFL All-Pro Tight End: Kansas City Chiefs
  38. Jerome Bettis                          Former All-Pro Running Back

 About the American Century Golf Championship

The 30th annual American Century Championship, a made-for-TV event owned and broadcast by NBC Sports, NBCSN and Golf Channel, is the premier celebrity golf tournament, which also raises funds for local and national charities. The competition features a purse of $600,000. The tournament is a 54-hole modified Stableford format that features some of sports’ and entertainment’s greatest celebrities.

This tournament is often referred to as the Super Bowl of celebrity golf with more than 90 sports and entertainment luminaires. Celebrity participants include Charles Barkley, Stephen Curry, Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers, Alfonso Ribeiro, Jerry Rice, Rob Riggle and Larry the Cable Guy among many others.

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 137 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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