Rocker Alice Cooper among stars at Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament

bheffernan@islandpacket.comAugust 11, 2013 

Rocker Alice Cooper will not be among those playing in the tournament over the Labor Day weekend.

  • Celebrity players:

    Organizers of the 33rd annual Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament (Aug. 30 - Sept. 1) have released this list of celebrities who have committed to playing.

    Movies and television:

    • Brian Baumgartner - Actor, "The Office"
    • Henry Cho - Comedian
    • Debbe Dunning - Actress, "Home Improvement"
    • Kevin Farley - Actor
    • Dennis Haysbert - Actor, "24," "Major League," and Allstate commercials
    • Sam Hennings - Actor
    • Scott Henry - Comedian
    • C. Thomas Howell - Actor, "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" "The Outsiders," "Criminal Minds"
    • Robert Irvine - Food Network star
    • Gregory Itzin - Actor, "24"
    • Tom Bury - Food Network
    • Richard Karn - Actor, "Home Improvement"
    • Alan Kalter - The voice of "The Late Show with David Letterman"
    • Beau MacMillan - Food Network celebrity chef
    • Taniya Nayak - HGTV star
    • Richard Schiff - Actor
    • Bill Smitrovich - Actor
    • Kevin Sorbo - Actor, "Hercules"
    • Paula Trickey - Actress
    • Gary Valentine - Actor


    • Alice Cooper
    • Jay DeMarcus
    • Joe Don Rooney
    • Ski Johnson
    • Phil Varone
    • D. Vincent Williams


    • Ken Anderson - Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback
    • Bobby Cremins - Former basketball coach, Georgia Tech, College of Charleston
    • Doug Flynn - Two-time World Series champion, Cincinnati Reds
    • Willie Gault - Former wide receiver, Chicago Bears
    • Dwight Hicks - Two-time Super Bowl champion, San Francisco 49ers
    • Mark Malone - Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, ESPN/NBC
    • Reggie Smith - former MLB outfielder, appearing in four World Series, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants
    • Gus Williams - Two-time NBA All-Star Game selection for the Seattle Supersonics

    News Media

    • Kyra Phillips - CNN, HLN
    • John Roberts - Fox News

    Special Guests

    • FDNY Firefighters
    • Gideon Gaudet - 9/11 documentary film producer

Editor's note: Alice Cooper will not be at the Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament and never planned to according to officials with his charity. For more, click here.

A warning to all chickens on Hilton Head: Alice Cooper will be among the celebrities chasing after birdies during the three-day Hilton Head Island Celebrity Golf Tournament over Labor Day weekend.

The king of shock rock, who once allegedly bit the head off a live chicken during a concert and, allegedly, has a golf handicap of less than two, will join members of country-act Rascal Flatts, and actors Dennis Haybert and Kevin Sorbo, among those playing in the 33rd annual charity tournament.

The event raises money for 20 children's charity organizations, including Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, Providence Children's Center and the Boys & Girls Club of the Lowcountry.

To date, the event has raised nearly $4 million since its inaugural year, said tournament director Paul Smith.

Playing alongside the stars offers a unique perspective into the lives of entertainers, said Smith, who has been involved with the tournament for nearly 15 years.

"I think at some point in our lives, we can all get a little awestruck" by people seen on TV and in movies, Smith said. "But when you get a chance to meet that person and play a little golf with them, you realized that they're really just normal people and down to earth."

That's especially true with the celebrities that volunteer to help with the tournament, he said.

"We're all here for the same reason," he said.

The tournament is played over three days and three courses: Aug. 30 at the Robert Trent Jones Oceanfront Course in Palmetto Dunes; Aug. 31 at the Arnold Palmer Signature Course in Wexford Plantation; and Sept. 1 at the Harbour Town Golf Links in Sea Pines.

The stars rotate to different foursomes each day. All of the 36 group spots have been filled, Smith said.

Admittance is free on the tourney grounds for those who want to wtach the play or seek autographs, Smith said.

Tickets for the Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 dinners at The Weston Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa can still be purchased from the tournament office by calling 843-842-7711. The cost is $100 for individuals or $150 a couple, Smith said.

On Sept. 1, the McNair Law Firm Kids Day will host a putting contest and other youth games from 1-3 p.m. at Harbour Town, Smith said.

While ticket sales accountt for a portion of the event's revenue, the largest source of money is from the live and silent auction held Augg. 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Westin.

Items up for bid this year include trips to Europe, Martha's Vineyard and to New York to visit the set of the Late Show with David Letterman and to a firehouse to meet a group of 9/11 first responders.

Smith said the only fundraising goal is to raise more than last year. That means collecting more than $125,000 in donations this year.

He said the Great Recession made fundraising difficult for many charity events, including the tournament.

"A lot of these things (events) went away," he said.

However, last year was a better one for the event, Smith said, and this year looks stronger still.

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