August 04, 2010

The Pacific Legends Golf Classic hosted by Tommy Thayer generates
over $425,000 in an exciting two days of entertainment, music and golf

FOREST GROVE (Aug. 4, 2010) - Perfect weather, a star-studded field of celebrities and two days of entertainment, music and golf, has translated into another huge success for the Pacific University Legends Golf Classic.

Hosted by KISS guitarist and Beaverton native Tommy Thayer, the fourth annual tournament grossed over $425,000 to benefit Pacific University's 21-sport NCAA Division III athletics program. For the first time, the event was a sell out with over 400 people attending the Sunday dinner, auction and concert, and 185 people participating in the Monday golf tournament. The event was held at The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club in Aloha.

"I sincerely thank everyone involved for making the 2010 Legends Golf Classic a huge win for Pacific University," Thayer said. "Legends continues to become bigger ever year and 2010 tops them all. We will continue to make a difference in the lives of Pacific University's student-athletes."

KISS co-founder Gene Simmons joined Thayer as the featured celebrity at this year's tournament. Simmons filmed an episode of his reality television show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, at the event, focusing on his first-ever attempt at playing golf. The episode is schedule to air early this fall on the A&E Network.

Simmons himself was a moneymaker for the University as the opportunity to play golf with him and KISS manager Doc McGhee raised $30,000 at the Sunday live auction. The opportunity to play golf with tournament host Thayer fetched $10,000.

Other highlights of the 2010 Pacific University Legends Golf Classic:

* PGA Professional Tommy Armour III hit a hole-in-one on the par-3, 194-yard 11th hole on The Reserve's South Course.

* A field of 23 celebrities from the worlds of music, sports and golf participated in the tournament. Among those joining Thayer and Simmons were PGA professionals Tommy Masters and Jason Allred, LPGA pros Perry Swenson and Amber Prange, musicians Jack Blades, Ray Kennedy, Danny Seraphine and Johnny Lee, NFL standouts Neil Lomax and Leroy Irvin, MLB stars Scott Erickson, Chuck Finley and Chili Davis; actors Lisa Guerrero and Clint Howard and NASCAR legend Geoff Bodine.

* Lisa Guerrero hosted Sunday night's dinner and live auction, which grossed over $425,000 for the Pacific University athletics program. The auction was followed by a special concert featuring Thayer and Night Ranger front man Jack Blades.

* The tournament concluded with a golf ball drop from a helicopter, which flew overhead at the conclusion of the event. Participants had the chance to purchase golf balls, which were then dropped from a helicopter over The Reserve's driving range. The person whose ball landed closest to the pin won $2,500, which was promptly donated back to Pacific University.

* Tremendous media attention brought the tournament's excitement to the larger Portland area. The Legends Golf Classic was covered on-site by media sponsor KGW Newschannel 8, KPTV Fox 12 Oregon, the Forest Grove News-Times and The Oregonian. Extensive pre-tournament interviews were aired on the "Wheels At Work" show on media sponsor 95.5 The Game (KXTG-FM). The tournament also netted national media attention, which included appearances by Thayer on the Golf Channel's Grey Goose 19th Hole and on Sporting News Radio's Tim Brando Show.

Team winners in the tournament's three competitive flights:

* Celebrity Flight: BP America (Michael Abenhoff, Kurt Eickmeyer, Mark Fontana, Brian Rehm, Scott Erickson)
* PGA Flight: Norton Group (Chad Norton, Charlie Norton, Jimmy Stephensen, Chris Yach, Perry Swenson)
* Boxer Flight: Golf Today (Eddy Goldenberg, Brett Johnson, Alan Skuba, Mike McColgan)

The planning has already begun for the fifth annual Legends Golf Classic, which will take place in August 2011. For more information, to view celebrity biographies or check out the media coverage of the event, please visit

Pacific University Trustee Bill Stoller, left, poses with KISS guitarist and Pacific Trustee Tommy Thayer, Cathy Stoller and KISS co-founder Gene Simmons. The Epiphone Les Paul standard guitar, signed by all four members of KISS, sold for $15,000 as part of the live auction at the 2010 Pacific University Legends Golf Classic on Sunday, Aug. 1. Photo by John Wiley Howington.