STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - In a field filled with quarterbacks, the hockey players topped the leaderboard at Lake Tahoe today as NHL all-star Jeremy Roenick eagled the 18th hole to take the first-round lead at the 19th annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship.
Ex-hockey greats Brett Hull and Pierre LaRouche were close behind along with former-NFL quarterback Mark Rypien and ex-pitcher Rick Rhoden, who has won the tourney a record six times.
Roenick, a nine-time all-star, had three birdies and three bogeys to go with his 3-foot eagle putt on the par-5 last hole to shoot a 2-under par 70. That was good for 26 points in the modified Stableford scoring system that awards six points for eagle, three for birdie, one for par, none for bogey and minus 2 for double bogey or worse.
Hull also eagled the 18th with a sweeping 18-foot putt but double bogeyed the first enroute to a 1-under-par 71 worth 25 points at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course that was shrouded in smoke much of the day from wildfires in California.
Rypien won the first tourney in 1990 and is one of 18 past or present quarterbacks playing this week. He tied for the best round of the day with a 70, but collected only 23 points. He was tied for third with LaRouche, Rhoden and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Next are former 49ers great Jerry Rice and former Cardinals outfielder Vince Coleman with 22 points. Former Royals pitcher Bret Saberhagen - who faced Coleman in the 1985 World Series - was tied with Buffalo Bills coach Dick Jauron and former NHL star Grant Fuhr at 21.
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