UMES/Art Shell Celebrity Golf Classic, Football Greats Return to Eastern Shore

  • Monday, September 3, 2007

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - The legendary Art Shell returns to the Shore to host other NFL greats and area golf enthusiasts on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 18 and 19, during the University of Maryland Eastern Shore/Art Shell Celebrity Golf Classic at GlenRiddle Golf Club, located just minutes from Ocean City.

    Art Shell HeadshotNational Football League Hall of Fame inductees Elvin Bethea (Houston Oilers 1968-83, NFL HOF Class of 2003), Carl Eller (Minnesota Vikings 1964-78, Seattle Seahawks 1979, NFL HOF Class of 2004), Lenny Moore (Baltimore Colts 1956-67, NFL HOF Class of 1975),  Bobby Mitchell (Cleveland Browns 1958-61, Washington Redskins 1962-68; coach, Washington Redskins 1969-2002; NFL HOF Class of 1983) and Charley Taylor (Washington Redskins 1964-75, 1977, NFL HOF Class of 1984) are among the football pros planning to participate in the two-day event that consists of a Tuesday evening pairing party at 5 p.m. in the university's Richard A. Henson Center and a day at a world-class golf course on Wednesday, September 19.  The main event begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. on the GlenRiddle Man O'War Course.

    Other football pros planning to participate include Roy Jefferson (Pittsburgh Steelers 1965-69, Baltimore Colts 1970, Washington Redskins 1971-76), Mack Alston (Washington Redskins 1970-72, Houston Oilers 1973-76, Baltimore Colts 1976-80, UMES Class of 1971), Billy Thompson (Denver Broncos 1969-81, UMES Class of 1969), Brian Mitchell (Washington Redskins 1990-99, Philadelphia Eagles 2000-02, New York Giants 2003), Ted Vactor (Washington Redskins 1969-73, Chicago Bears 1975), Reggie Branch (Washington Redskins 1985-89), Carl Hairston (Philadelphia Eagles 1976-83, Cleveland Browns 1984-89, Phoenix Cardinals 1990, Green Bay Packers assistant coach, UMES Class of 1985), Doug Goodwin (Buffalo Bills 1966, Atlanta Falcons1968, UMES Class of 1971) and Otis Sistrunk (Oakland Raiders 1972-78).

    "Returning to the Shore to host the pros while playing golf is one of my favorite things to do," said Shell (AFL Oakland Raiders 1968-69, NFL Oakland Raiders 1970-81, Los Angeles Raiders 1982; offensive line coach, Los Angeles Raiders 1983-89; head coach, Los Angeles Raiders 1990-94; offensive line coach, Kansas City Chiefs 1995-96; offensive line coach, Atlanta Falcons, 1997-2000; head coach, Oakland Raiders 2006; UMES Class of 1968).  "It's not all about the fun, however, because with the help of my colleagues, I look forward to presenting the University with much needed funds to support student scholarships, the UMES Golf Academy and the upcoming Professional Golf Management program."

    The registration fee is $200 per individual or $750 per foursome and includes 18 holes of golf with a celebrity, a post-tournament meal, food and beverages on the course, and commemorative gifts.  The pre-tournament pairing party is free to registered golfers and $10 for guests.

    "The tournament is open to anyone interested in a fun-filled day, using a scrambled format and golfing with the pros," said Marshall Cropper (Pittsburgh Steelers 1967-69, Washington Redskins), tournament director and UMES Golf Academy director. 

    For more information, or to register for the tournament and/or the pairing party, please call Chenita Kollock in the UMES Division of Institutional Advancemenx