Alfonso Ribeiro Wins Long Drive Golf Event at Lake Tahoe’s American Century Celebrity Golf Championship
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Actor Alfonso Ribiero surprised spectators and fellow competitors by hitting the ball 333 yards and winning the Korbel Long Drive event at Edgewood Country Club. His girlfriend was there to watch along with cheering fans of the competitors.
While not a professional athlete, Ribeiro excelled in the Long Drive Competition against a slate of sports stars. While waiting his turn, Ribeiro served as comic relief throughout the competition sparring with his oponents until he stepped up to the plate and stunned his fellow competitors with the best drive of the day.
Quarterback Kyle Boller’s 323-yard blast placed him in second, and actor Oliver Hudson finished third with a 315-yard shot. Other celebrities participating in the Korbel Long Drive Competition included current and former NFL stars Joe Theismann, Jonathan Ogden, A.J. Hawk and Robbie Gould as well as NFL Head Coach Jack Del Rio, former MLB All-Stars John Smoltz, Kenny Lofton and Joe Carter, and NBA’s Shane Battier.
Players – Yardage
Alfonso Ribiero – 333
Kyle Boller – 323
Oliver Hudson – 315
AJ Hawk – 295
John Smoltz – 294
Marciano – 288
Shane Battier – 276
Joe Theisman – 270
Kenny Lofton – 269
Jonathan Ogden – 260
Jack Del Rio – 214
Alfonso Ribeiro captured the title of “Celebrity Long Drive Champ” by unleashing a booming 333-yard drive to win the Annual Long Drive Competition, sponsored by Korbel Champagne Cellars on July 16, 2010. The competition is a featured event at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship played at the Edgewood Golf Course in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Best known for his role as Carlton Banks on the TV sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Ribeiro is not only an actor but an avid dancer and director as well.
Although lacking the experience with locker room celebratory sprays of some of his competition, Ribeiro looked like a seasoned professional as he accepted his Long Drive Trophy, then popped the cork on a big bottle of Korbel and enthusiastically sprayed the crowd.
The Korbel Long Drive Contest has been a highlight of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship since 1992. NFL Pro Bowl Linebacker A.J. Hawk won the 2009 contest with an explosive 322-yard drive. Former NFL All-Pro Quarterback Chris Chandler’s 321-yard blast placed him in second. Other previous winners include Kenny Lofton (2008), Jim McMahon (2007, 1994 and 1992), Paul O’Neill (2006), Jeremy Roenick (2002 and 2000), Emmitt Smith (1999), Pete Sampras (1996) and John Elway (1995).
“Champagne and celebrations go hand-in-hand and for that reason, Korbel is proud to participate in this golf tournament and sponsor the Long Drive Competition,” said Gary Heck, owner and president.
The 21st Annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship took place July 13 through July 18 at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Club and was televised live by NBC Sports. The 54-hole stroke play tournament is the most prestigious and richest celebrity tournament in golf, with a $600,000 purse and $125,000 going to the first place finisher.
__Korbel Champagne Cellars
Alfonso Ribeiro Bio
Alfonso Ribeiro is an actor, singer and dancer best known for his role as spoiled rich-kid Carlton Banks in the former hit television sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”…From 1990 to 1996, his character Carlton was often mercilessly teased by Will Smith’s lead character and was often called upon to do a comic, usually improvised dance routine to Tom Jones’ hit song “It’s Not Unusual”…Currently Ribeiro hosts the game show “Catch 21” on the Game Show Network (GSN) …Ribeiro began his acting career in the drama “Oye Willie” at the age of eight…By 10 years old, he had released such songs as “Dance Baby,” “Not Too Young,” and “Sneak Away with Me”…He starred in the Broadway musical “The Tap Dance Kid,” receiving rave reviews for his performance…In 1984, he was cast as Rick Schroder’s best friend in the television series “Silver Spoons”…Ribeiro is also known for his role on LL Cool J’s show “In the House” and as host of “Your Big Break”…He has acted and been part of the crew of numerous movies and television shows including being a contestant on FOX’s reality show “Celebrity Duets” – which he won in September 2006…In 2008, Ribeiro hosted Nick At Nite’s crush week of classic television, all while offering romantic advice and commentary between episodes and was also a talent scout in NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” Houston episode…Ribeiro also is an avid racing professional, driving part-time in the 1990s and winning the Toyota Grand prix Pro/Celebrity Race in 1994 and 1995.
__Bio Information Courtesy NBC