Photos/ Video Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Day One News & Notes; Friday Pairings

The celebrity-pro-am portion of the 13th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas ended its first day earlier this evening with a spectacular 25-foot eagle putt on No. 18 by NFL All-Pro Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald.  The Arizona Cardinals’ fan favorite led his team to a Day One win with a score of -17 under par, 55, one stroke better than two other teams who were tied for second with a -16 under par, 56.

Today’s  morning kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with the second day of the celeb-amateur tournament. Today’s pairings and yesterdays’s scores are below.

 NBA Legend Michael Jordan hits a tee shot during ARIA Resort & Casino's 13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek on April 3, 2014 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
NBA Legend Michael Jordan hits a tee shot during ARIA Resort & Casino’s 13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek on April 3, 2014 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Michael Jordan's teammate emerging from the lake after a dare
Michael Jordan’s teammate emerging from the lake after a dare
NBA Legend Michael Jordan laughs after a friend jumped into the water hazard on the 18th green during ARIA Resort & Casino's 13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek on April 3, 2014 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
NBA Legend Michael Jordan laughs after a friend jumped into the water hazard on the 18th green during ARIA Resort & Casino’s 13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek on April 3, 2014 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Larry Fitzgerald signing young fan's shirt
Larry Fitzgerald signing young fan’s shirt
Gretchen Rossi In Front of Leaderboard
Gretchen Rossi In Front of Leaderboard

 

 

Notable Moments from the Course:

  • To start his day, Michael Jordan rolled up in his North Carolina blue signature golf cart. He had fun with his group during the first day of the tournament, including daring one of his teammates to jump into the water at the 18th hole. His teammate willingly dove in which left the legend, along with the crowd, laughing hysterically. Throughout the day, Jordan bantered with fans on the course. One fan asked who he was taking in the Final Four to which he replied, “Wisconsin!”
  • Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald chest-bumped his teammates after making a 35-foot putt midway through his Thursday round and finished the day with an eagle on 18 to win Day One.
  • As Stuart Scott teed off on the first hole, a fan yelled from the crowd, “Cool as the other side of the pillow!,” referencing one of Scott’s famous SportsCenter catchphrases.
  • On Brandi Chastain’s 9th hole of the day, her second shot on the par 5 flew the green and hit a rake on the side of a sand trap. The ball bounced backwards onto the green and rolled into the hole for an amazing two. The crowd went nuts and Brandi pretended to take her shirt off, reminding fans of her infamous celebration after her game-winning penalty shootout kick against China in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • Real Housewives of Orange County Star Gretchen Rossi took pointers from fiancé Slade Smiley before teeing off at the first hole. As Smiley approached the tee box, he was introduced as the “sixth housewife,” to which he replied, “It’s okay, I’m proud of it!” His first shot only went a few feet so he took a mulligan and made the crowd laugh by saying, “Now that’s how you start off the day!” Rossi later posed beside her results on the scoreboard, proud of her performance for the day.
  • After finishing his 18 holes of golf, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw his golf ball into the MJCI bleachers at Shadow Creek’s 18th hole. Earlier in the day, he was spotted throwing a football around with his teammates on the 15th hole.
  • In true rock star fashion, Adrian Young’s group rolled up to each hole blasting music from their golf carts, playing everything from LMFAO’s “Party Rock” to “Paint it Black” by the Rolling Stones. But as he entered his backswing during his second shot, two large geese flew right over him, squawking and altering the shot. “I felt you!” he yelled jokingly at the birds

                          Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational

    Celebrity-Amateur

    Friday, April 4, 2014 Shadow Creek

    FRIDAY PAIRINGS

    TIME CELEBRITY TEAM

    1st   Tee – Morning

    7:30 Jake   Owen

    1

    Bill   Jarvis, Nicholas Granruth, Bobby Shah, Bob Johnson
    7:40 Julius   Erving

    2

    Fletch   Brunelle, Greg Herning, Al Geismar, David Hansen
    7:50 Alan   Thicke

    3

    Bill   Rodrigues, Robbie Bennetts, John Bardis, Bryan Gay
    8:00 Stuart   Scott

    4

    Gary   Sims, Bil Baumner, Tim Smith, Greg Schwaderer
    8:10 Mike   Piazza

    5

    Tony   Yousfi, Bryan Faliero, Scott Durkin, Mark Janian
    8:20 Christina   Milian

    6

    Eric   Tom, Justin Beltran, Daniel Jiang, Gerald Thibeau
    8:30 Ken   Griffey, Jr

    7

    Victor   Szucs, Todd Roberts, George Glover, Ryker Young
    8:40 Marcus   Allen

    8

    Brian   Booth, Scott Booth, Scott Kostylo, Tom Evans
    8:50 John   Smoltz

    9

    Trea   Reedy, Mark Uhlrich, Anthony Basile, Sil Basile
    9:00 Brandi   Chastain 10 Gil Flores, Max Heineman, David Borelli, Wendy Montanaro
    9:10 Brian   Baumgartner 11 Curtis   Polk, Bob Parr, Chris Nasrallah, Jae Schmutz
    9:20 Aaron   Rodgers 12 Joe Kaplan, Scott Runyan, Bobby Waid, Robert Hobart
    9:30 Michael   Jordan 13 Mark Wilson, Charlie Lee, Nathan Bays, Cindy Davis
    TIME CELEBRITY TEAM

    10th   Tee – Morning

    7:30 Kenny   Lofton 14 Ryan   Boyce, Paul Peterson, Terry Terhark, James Logeman
    7:40 Ron   Harper 15 Fred   Kearns, Tisher Lett, George Koehler, Jerry Smith
    7:50 Mauricio   Umansky 16 Fred Whitfield, Paul Campion, Pete Guelli, Robert Stevanovski
    8:00 Paul   O’Neill 17 Takao   Saiki, Yoshio Imura, Maika Osawa, Tomohito Kurita
    8:10 Vince   Coleman 18 Dennis Hansen, Larry Fitzgerald, Leslie Hansen, Anthony Fortunato
    8:20 Richard   Dent 19 Erich Ekstedt, Dan Chueh, Joe Kaplan, John White
    8:30 Patrick   Peterson 20 Jon Halvorsen, Andy Bush, Randy Hedland, Rand Arbuckle
    8:40 Eric   Dickerson 21 Ric   Wilson, CJ Paul, Charles Paul, Shakim Compere
    8:50 Andre   Johnson 22 Scott   Howard, Mike Dyer, Orin Mayers, Andre Melton
    9:00 Roger   Clemens 23 Chick   Lee, Jim West, Steve Green, Curt Allen
    9:10 Ozzie   Smith 24 Jay Valerio, Adam Frischer, Carl Bishop, Todd Braverman
    9:20 Ahmad   Rashad 25 Jahid Mirza, Luke Tarby, Dan Lanzano, Reid Steinberg
    9:30 Dan   Jansen 26 Ken Itani, Ryosuke Itani, Tara Shirai, Taiga Tabuchi
    TIME CELEBRITY TEAM

    1st   Tee – Afternoon

    12:00 Dwight   Freeney 27 Bill Boasberg, Scott Sibella, Chris Nordling, George Chiu
    12:10 Adrian   Young 28 Dave Nichols, Eric McHone, Mike Smith, Bryan Brown
    12:20 Winky   Wright 29 Eli Pachino, Robert Gamch, Joe Orr, Josh Lang
    12:30 Jerome   Bettis 30 Bill   McClain, Bobby Franz, Geno Baratta, Jay Wadkins
    12:40 Toni   Kukoc 31 David Belfiore, Victor Califa, Steven Wang, Robert Courson
    12:50 Chris   Chelios 32 Michael Hirtenstein, Mike Murphy, Kenny Dichter, Owen Mitchell
    1:00 Wanya   Morris 33 Harry Goff, Rich Brothers, Michael Muldoon, Asim Zamir
    1:10 Gretchen   Rossi 34 Scott Fairchild, Tony Amoroso, Slade Smiley, Chris Higgs
    TIME CELEBRITY TEAM

    10th   Tee Afternoon

    12:00 Brian   Urlacher

    35

    Richard Bukovinsky, David Bender, David Greenwald, Edward Sorkin
    12:10 Penny   Hardaway

    36

    Terry   Ferrero, Jay Johnson, Asher Raphael, Corey Schiller
    12:20 Jonathan   Ogden

    37

    Mike Sibulkin, Forrest Baker, Johnny Florentino, Tony Krum
    12:30 Josh   Freeman

    38

    Glenn Lyon, Mike McCausland, Keith Petty, Dale Allen
    12:40 Flex   Alexander

    39

    Daric Ashford, Keith Houlemard, Mark Raveling, Gavin Lindberg
    12:50 Nathan   Morris

    40

    Michael Flaherty, Stanley Roy, John Salerno, Robert Sanchez
    1:00 Shawn   Stockman

    41

    Kent Jiminez, James Arriola, Jacob Pak, William Nash
    1:10 Phil   Hellmuth

    42

    Kenny Lee, Paul Scaringe, Bill Mendoza, Jeff Blake

  • 2014 Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational

    Thursday Celebrity/Amateur Results

    Thursday Top 3 Finishers

    3rd Place:                 

    Celebrity:      Ken Griffey, Jr.

    Amateurs:   Bill Boasberg, Scott Sibella, Scott Runyan, Jay Johnson

    Score:     56

     

    2nd Place:     

    Celebrity:     Jerome Bettis

    Amateurs:    Stanley Roy, David Reiter, John Ingolilia, Randy Hedland

    Score:    56  (won with a 4 on 18)

     

    1st Place:

    Celebrity:     Larry Fitzgerald

    Amateurs:    Dennis Hansen, Jim West, Tom Cyr, Michael Sylvester

    Score:     55

     

    CLOSETS TO THE HOLE CONTESTS:

     

    Thursday Closet To The Pin on Hole 8 Winner:     Ryker Young – 2ft.

    Thursday Hole in One on Hole 17 Winner:   Robert Sanchez – 6’-4”

     

    HOLE IN ONE CONTESTS:

     

    Thursday hole in one on hole 5 winner:  None

    Thursday hole in one on hole 8 winner:  None

    Thursday hole in one on hole 13 winner:  None

    Thursday hole in one on hole 17 winner:  None