Fab four set to tee off at Blackhawk

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:04 AM ET

Just Fred Couples, Craig Stadler, Stephen Ames, Peter Jacobsen and 2,000 of their closest friends.

That'll be the guest list later this summer when the biggest foursome to hit Edmonton tees it up in the Blackhawk Tour Challenge.

"We're kind of looking at this event as something we're really doing for the entire golf community," said Blackhawk general manager Al Prokop.

"With Edmonton being such a crazy golf market it's a great opportunity to see that calibre of players."

Tickets for the Aug. 29 charity exhibition go on sale today, at $99 apiece, with organizers capping sales at 2,000 so everyone can get a decent look.

"It could attract a lot more people, but we want to make it an event where people can see a lot of the action," said Prokop.

"I think the golf course is set up well for viewing, so with only 2,000 tickets being sold I think everyone is going to have an excellent opportunity to see a lot of shots.

"I'm anticipating they'll go quickly. The calibre of the players is a big draw. To be able to attract a guy like Fred Couples is huge.

"Everybody still loves him, he's always one of the major draws in the U.S. Skins game, he's a Masters champion. People are always very attracted to Freddie.

"Craig was the Champions Tour money leader last year, and won a regular tour event. Peter is a U.S. Senior Open champion and one of the greatest personalities in the game. Ames won last year and is ranked in the top 30 in the world."

The format is an 18-hole match play exhibition, Stadler and Ames versus Couples and Jacobsen.

"They're really playing an exhibition for the charity," said Prokop, adding proceeds from the event go to the Caritas Hospital foundation, which supports the Misericordia, Grey Nuns and Glenrose hospitals.

"We want the guys to post a score, have everybody playing their own ball.

"I think there could be a 64 or 65 in there for sure."

In addition to the match play exhibition, the day includes a clinic hosted by Jacobsen, the funniest man in golf. "He's legendary for his clinics," said Prokop.

"There's the instructional aspect, of course, but what sets his apart is that he's such a character; he does his impersonations of the other tour players and getting people out of the audience to hit shots and that sort of thing.

"It's really entertaining ... we're really putting a lot of emphasis on the clinic.

"He's the guy who really sets the mood for the event.

"The clinic is an area where people are going to get an idea of how good these guys really are, being able to watch them hit different types of shots."

Tickets are being sold through the Caritas Hospital Foundation at 482-8232.


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