Round One of the American Century Championship in Lake Tahoe, Nevada is complete and the participating Denver Broncos have some work to do the next two days in order to improve their standing. No offense to any of the participants, but the Broncos scores, as well as the other players, prove how difficult golf can be and success in one sport doesn’t necessarily mean that it equates to success on the golf course. For a recap of the Broncos first round in the celebrity golf tournament, please continue reading.
Of the four Denver Broncos in the 25th American Century Championship, Britton Colquitt is leading the foursome with a score of twelve points (see below for modified Stableford scoring system). While the score is respectable, Colquitt finds himself tied for 27th place. While total strokes aren’t counted when using a modified Stableford scoring system, Colquitt shot a stellar 76 in round one, which included three birdies and seven pars. Saturday Colquitt will tee off at 8:40am PT and is paired with Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengal tight end.
Because this tournament is a charity event, it is a bit too extreme to say that John Elway has to perform a fourth-quarter comeback to win the game like he did so many times in his 16-year career, but it is close. Elway, who has proven he is a decent golfer, is tied for 34th place after scoring ten points on Friday. Vince Coleman and Ozzie Smith, former St. Louis Cardinal baseball players, are paired with Elway in round two and the threesome tees off at 8:10am PT.
While Terrell Davis was a huge success on the professional grid iron rushing for over 2,000 yards in a season and helping the Denver Broncos win two Super Bowls, one of which he was named the MVP, it is safe to say that golf is a recreational sport for Davis and he will NEVER be a threat to Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson (then again, 99.99% of recreational golfers ever will be). After seven pars, seven bogies, and four double bogies, Davis is tied for 53rd place. Despite being out of contention in the tournament, Davis carded an 86 (if counting strokes), which most weekend hackers would have to say is a decent score because it is less than 90 strokes if they were being totally honest. Davis will be paired with former Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith in round two and they will tee off at 8:45am PT.
Bringing up the rear in the Bronco foursome is current Bronco head coach, John Fox. Tied for 70th place along with former Miami Dolphin Jason Taylor, Fox carded a 94, which equated to a -9 on the Stableford system. Even though Fox is closer to the bottom of leader board than the top, Friday’s effort managed to put him above fifteen other players in the field. While there is obviously room for improvement in Coach Fox’s golf game, let’s not forget that this is obviously a hobby for him and he has proven he is much better at his day job, which is the most important factor as far as Bronco fans are concerned! Taylor and Fox will play together on Saturday and tee off at 9:25am PT.
Second round coverage of the American Century Championship will be televised live on NBC from noon-3pm PT (1-4pm MT). Unfortunately, due to their first round scores, the “Broncos” will be finished or almost finished with their second round when the NBC broadcast starts today.
Please click here for the American Century Championship leader board.
Check Predominantly Orange Sunday, July 20th for a recap of round two.
Modified Stableford Scoring System:
Eagle: 6 points
Birdie: 3 points
Par: 1 point
Bogie: 0 points
Double Bogie or greater: -1 point