Wednesday May 28 2008
Annual Fred Biletnikoff golf tourney in Lincoln Monday
By: Staff report
The Fourth Annual Fred Biletnikoff Hall of Fame Golf Classic is set for Monday at Catta Verdera Country Club in Lincoln. Proceeds from this event, with Wells Fargo as the primary sponsor, will benefit the Biletnikoff Foundation with offices in Granite Bay and Dublin, Calif. Biletnikoff, a former receiver for the Oakland Raiders, and his wife Angela live in Roseville. The Golf Classic includes celebrity players from across the nation, a continental breakfast, a shotgun start, a putting contest, a hole-in-one contest, a 19th hole reception, a dinner, entertainment and a silent auction. Other major sponsors are the Oakland Raiders and the Tim Brown Touch Down Club. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Biletnikoff Foundation is a non profit organization dedicated to supporting youth, primarily from low-to moderate-income neighborhoods or backgrounds, who are “at risk” particularly to the realities of drug and alcohol addiction as well as domestic and gender violence. The foundation supports Tracey’s Place of Hope (a residential treatment center dedicated to helping teens recover from drugs, alcohol abuse and violence) in the San Francisco Bay Area. A second facility is in the planning stages in the Placer County area. New for this year’s event is the gallery, where for $50 per person, spectators can watch the tournament, and receive a commemorative T-shirt and transportation to and from the tournament. No celebrity autographs will be given but guests can take photos from a designated area. The Biletnikoff Foundation will host an autograph show Sunday and every confirmed celebrity is invited to sign for the public. This event will take place from 3-7 p.m. at Coaches Restaurant located in the Strikes Family Entertainment Center in Rocklin. Biletnikoff is a former Oakland Raiders receiver who was inducted in the NFL Hall of Fame in 1988 and was named the MVP of Super Bowl XI. In 14 seasons with the Oakland Raiders, he had 589 receptions, 8,974 receiving yards and 76 touchdowns and was selected to six pro bowls. The Biletnikoff Award is given to the best wide receiver in the nation in college football each year. Biletnikoff is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Bay Area Hall of Fame, Gator Bowl Hall of Fame and the Florida State Hall of Fame and was named to the “All-Century Team” for his play in the NFL. He also coached wide receivers for the Raiders for 18 years. Formers Raiders stars Ted Hendricks, Tim Brown, Pete Banaszak, Cliff Branch, Willie Gault, Chester McGlockton, Rod Martin, Clem Daniels, Steve Wisniewski, James Lofton, Mark Davis, Otis Sistrunk and Daryle Lamonica will play in the golf tournament. Other former NFL stars playing are Andre Reed (Buffalo Bills), Mel Renfro (Dallas Cowboys), Bobby Bell (Kansas City Chiefs), Paul Warfield (Cleveland Browns), Ron Yary (Minnesota Vikings), Jan Stenerud (Kansas City Chiefs), Tom Mack (Los Angeles Rams), Billy Kilmer (Washington Redskins), Gary Plummer (San Francisco 49ers) and Dave Wilcox (San Francisco 49ers). Also playing in the tourney will be legendary actor James Caan, Armando Delgado (sports artist), Mike Lamb (radio host), J.T. The Brick (radio host), Tony “The Tiger” Lopez (former professional boxer), Grant Napear (Sacramento Kings announcer) and Ken Shamrock (wrestler). Sponsorships from $350 to $25,000 are available. For tournament reservations and information, call the Dublin foundation office at (925) 556-2525. You can purchase a foursome at www.biletnikoff.net.