Celebs golf for charity

MARQUETTE -Steve Mariucci is gearing up to host the fourth annual Beacon House U.P. Celebrity Golf Classic, which will be held today and Thursday at the Marquette Golf Club, and this year stands to be one of the best yet.

Over 35 celebrities have confirmed their attendance to play with golf teams from across the U.P., including Tom Izzo, Jay Feely (NFL), Charlie Sanders (NFL Hall of Fame), Robert Brooks (NFL), Eddie Murray (NFL), Keith and Monte Colburn of “Deadliest Catch,” Mickey Redmond (NHL) and many more.

PGA Pro Richard Strongert of Madrid, Spain is scheduled to headline a new addition to the event, which was set to kick off this morning – the Jay Feely Celebrity Golf Clinic, along with PGA teaching pros Donald Crawley, Fred Muller, David Albreicht and more.

“It’s a new thing we’re introducing, and it looks like it’s going to be a very enormous hit, so we’re very excited about that,” said Organizer Mary Tavernini Dowling. “It’s just getting our celebrities and golfers together on just a smaller, more intimate level than you usually get during the tournament.”

On Thursday morning, there will be a small celebrity competition that will be held mainly for fun and entertainment. The competition will involve some different golf shots, among other things.

“The celebs are really pumped up about that,” Dowling said.

She said earlier this week, things were a bit chaotic down at the Beacon House, but in a good way.

“We’ve got flights coming in from all over the country,” Dowling said. “They’re all just gathering to help make this Beacon House event the best ever, and I believe it’s going to be.”

The UPCGC now generates about one-third of the Beacon House’s annual operating expenses through the sponsored teams and individual players.

“An event like this is going to really help our cause, and that’s what the whole point of this is -to put the spotlight on the Beacon House, and make it known that it’s available to people,” Dowling said.

She said since Beacon House is a private, non-profit organization, events like the UPCGC are how they raise the money to keep their doors open to people who need their help.

MJ Electric and Bacco Construction, both of Iron Mountain, are the major sponsors for the event.

For more information about Beacon House or the UPCGC, go to www.upbeaconhouse.org.

Justin Marietti can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 245.