The Celebrity Challenge will take place on April 15th during the second round of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic and will feature three celebrities inserted into the Classic to play a “competitive” round of golf for charity. These three celebrities will compete for far more than pride and bragging rights. A donation will be made to a local charity.
In addition to playing for a donation to charity, the teams also compete for the Cooper Cup, created in memory of Cooper O’Brien. Cooper, who passed away on July 5, 2014 at age 14, and was on the 2014 winning team with Kevin Butler.
Celebrities this year will be:
John Smoltz was a workhorse power pitcher whose 21-year big league baseball career included 213 wins, 3,084 strikeouts and the 1996 National League Cy Young Award. Smoltz pitched for the Atlanta Braves from 1988 to 2008 and was the only Braves pitcher to be part of the franchise’s historic run of 14 consecutive division titles from 1991 to 2005. The eight-time All-Star was known for pitching his best in big games. In five World Series, including the 1995 triumph over the Indians, Smoltz started eight games, finishing with a 2-2 record and a 2.47 ERA. Overall he appeared in 41 post season games, compiling a 15-4 record, a 2.67 ERA and a record 199 strikeouts. The right-handed hurler was the first player in big league history with 200 career wins and 150 career saves. Smoltz was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015.
Tom Glavine is one of only four left-handed major league pitchers with at least 305 victories. During his 20-year big league baseball career he recorded 2,607 strikeouts, overwhelming opponents with control and determination rather than speed. Glavine was an Atlanta Brave from 1987 to 2002, and then again in 2008 after a brief stretch with the New York Mets. He was named an All-Star on 10 occasions and won the National League Cy Young Award in 1991 and 1996. In 1995 Glavine was the World Series MVP after a 2-0 record with a 1.29 ERA in the Braves victory over the Indians. The lefty was the winningest active pitcher in the major leagues in 2009 when injury forced his retirement. Glavine was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.
Kevin Butler was a two-time All-American placekicker at the University of Georgia and member of the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears. Butler was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016. Butler’s 11 field goals of 50 or more yards in his college career is a school record at Georgia and he has the two longest field goals by a Bulldog of 60 yards and 59 yards. His 77 field goals made from 1981-84 are second most in program history at UGA and he is fourth on the career points list with 353. He played in the NFL from 1985-97 and ended his pro career with 1,208 points, sixth most at the time among kickers.