'87 Open winner Simpson joins Constellation field

Golf

September 06, 2006|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun reporter

Scott Simpson, fresh off his first victory on the Champions Tour, has been added to the 2006 Constellation Energy Classic, which will be played Sept. 15-17 at Hayfields Country Club in Hunt Valley.

Simpson, the 1987 U.S. Open champion, turned 50 during last year's CEC and is playing his first full season on the Champions Tour. Last Sunday, he birdied No. 18 at Pebble Beach to post a one-stroke victory in the Wal-Mart First Tee Open.

Three-time winner Jay Haas headlines a CEC field that will include at least 12 of the top 15 players on this year's earnings list. The most notable absentee will be Loren Roberts. This year's earnings leader and only four-time winner will be preparing for the Ryder Cup, where he'll be an assistant to U.S. captain Tom Lehman.

Besides Haas, Simpson, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite and Tom Watson, the $1.7 million CEC also has added 2003 winner Larry Nelson and Don Pooley, who won the 2002 U.S. Senior Open at nearby Caves Valley.

CEC ticket information can be found at waggleproshop.com.

Former All-Star pitcher Rick Rhoden will play the CEC on a sponsor's exemption. He used to dominate the Celebrity Players Tour, which will stop in the area this week, with the Baltimore Celebrity Golf Classic at Mountain Branch in Joppa.

The event begins with a pro-am tomorrow and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, the celebrities will play in teams of two for a purse that will range from $150,000 to $200,000. Some of the top players entered include former major league baseball players Vince Coleman and Shane Rawley, football players Donny Anderson, John Congemi and John Ebersole, and Jack Marin of the old Baltimore Bullets.

Others with ties to Baltimore include former Orioles Bobby Bonilla, Chris Hoiles, Davey Johnson, Gregg Olson and Ken Singleton, and ex-Colts Tom Matte and Joe Washington. More information can be found at bfpf.org.

paul.mcmullen@baltsun.com

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