How can Spencer Levin's thumb injury benefit me?
That's a question area golfers have been asking (or not) since Levin's resulting surgery late last year prompted a delay in his return to the PGA Tour until October.
Levin, along with six other high-profile members of the community, will each be paired with the four highest bidders this week at the First Tee of Greater Sacramento Celebrity Classic on May 11 at Catta Verdera.
Here are the celebrities joining Levin, with a suggested question for bid winners to be popped somewhere during 18 holes:
Bobby Jackson (former Kings player and current Kings assistant coach): What if a gay player came out during your playing days?
Grant Napear (Kings play-by-play announcer, sports radio show host): Will you be the play-by-play man under new Kings ownership?
Fred Biletnikoff (former Raiders wide receiver and a Pro Football Hall of Famer): That sticky stuff you used to catch footballs, was it spray-on or more of a goop?
Taro Arai (owner of Mikuni Sushi): Have any coupons on you?
Uriah Faber (mixed martial arts champion): What do a cage match and 18 holes have in common?
Joe Getty (co-host of radio's "Armstrong and Getty Show"): "The Don Geronimo Show" or the "Rob, Arnie & Dawn Show"?
Bidding for the event, which will raise money for the local First Tee chapter and be played in a scramble format, began Monday and continues through Friday at 7 p.m.
Call Catta Verdera at (916) 645-6730 to bid. Find out more about the festivities and monitor the auction at www.thefirstteesacramento.org.
They all can putt
Mark Milligan won his third consecutive Sacramento City Putting Championship, acing the final hole to beat Kevin Kilkenny 1 up in the match-play final at Haggin Oaks. Some people claim to be the best putter they know; Milligan proves it. Angie Dixon outlasted Linda Blackburn over 22 holes to win the women's division. John Burke defeated Michael Mahlberg 3 and 2 in the junior division.
Corey Pereira (Cameron Park) finished sixth in the Sage Valley Junior Invitational in Graniteville, S.C. Cameron Champ (Sacramento) tied for 13th and Andrej Bevins (Elk Grove) tied for 38th in the elite 54-player international field.
Jackson State's James Reede (Monterey Trail High School) and Alabama A&M's Will Smartt (Kennedy) finished sixth and ninth, respectively, in the Southwestern Athletic Conference men's golf championship in Alexandria, La. Both are freshmen.
Snow a thing of the past
Lake Tahoe Golf Course opened April 5, its earliest opening in 15 years. There were a few snow days in the almost four weeks since, but the course is in great shape for May 1.
Early-season discounts ended Tuesday. Peak seven-day rates of $85 to ride and $65 to walk start today.
While other Tahoe-Truckee courses will open earlier than usual after a mild winter and warm spring, none is as ambitious as Lake Tahoe. The scheduled opening dates:
May 9: Edgewood Tahoe
May 10: Old Greenwood
May 17: Coyote Moon, Gray's Crossing, Martis Camp and Northstar
May 24: Tahoe Donner
May 25: Squaw Creek
May 30: Schaffer's Mill
Martis Camp will host the U.S. Junior Amateur in July.
Schaffer's Mill (formerly Timilick Tahoe) is private by charter but allows limited nonmember play.
Call The Bee's Steve Pajak, (916) 326-5526.