LAKE TAHOE, Nev., July 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- During the ultimate celebrity face-off - the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship - players dropped their clubs to show off their celebratory skills in the seventh-annual "Korbel Celebrity Spray-Off," held July 18th. This year's winner, Shane Battier, hit it out of the park with the greatest cork distance, receiving $5,000 from the Korbel Toast Life® Foundation for the charity of his choice.
Leaving his competition in the dust Miami Heat forward Shane Battier took top honors when his cork flew 100 feet after he popped the champagne bottle. Former NHL All-Star Center Joe Sakic was runner-up with a blast of 92 feet while NFL Hall of Fame Running Back Emmitt Smith finished in third with an 85 foot launch to move past fourth place finisher former MLB All-Star Pitcher David Wells. All in all, 35 celebrities participated in the Spray-Off which is judged on cork distance (although style and champagne spray added to the excitement for the fans).
The crowd was most entertained by former All-Pro NFL Quarterback Mark Rypien who drenched the crowd with champagne, NFL Hall of Fame Wide Receiver Jerry Rice who did his signature touchdown dance and legendary athlete former MLB All-Star Outfielder Joe Carter who still knows how to celebrate in style.
Actor Lucas Black, Olympic Gold Medalist Bode Miller, and NFL Quarterback Alex Smith won over the crowd with their exciting champagne sprays and long distance corks.
NBA great Ray Allen popped a slam dunk while baseball's tops, Chipper Jones and Fred McGriff hit home runs as far as champagne-spraying goes.
Hockey players Mike Modano, Martin Brodeur and Joe Sakic seemed to have an advantage as they showed they had some serious champagne-spraying know-how as their sprays had the most flair and style (likely learned from years of practice winning championships).
"Korbel and celebrations go hand-in-hand and we think there's no better event to toast than the American Century Golf Championship," said Gary Heck, owner and president of Korbel Champagne Cellars. "The seventh-annual 'Spray-Off' brought together sports and entertainment icons all while raising money for a great cause."
Football Players: Trent Dilfer, AJ Hawk, Sebastian Janikowski, Jerry Rice, Aaron Rodgers, Mark Rypien, Sterling Sharpe, Alex Smith, Brian Urlacher, Emmitt Smith
Basketball Players: Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Stephen Curry, Ray Allen, Steve Kerr
TV Personalities: Lucas Black, Jack Wagner
Hockey Players: Martin Brodeur, Mike Modano, Joe Sakic
Baseball Players: Joe Carter, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Derek Lowe, Greg Maddux, Fred McGriff, John Smoltz, Tim Wakefield, David Wells
Other participants: Bode Miller, Steve Spurrier, Hank Haney, Michael Waltrip, John Fox
Complete list of participants:
- Ray Allen: NBA Guard - Miami Heat
- Shane Battier: NBA Forward - Miami Heat
- Lucas Black: Actor - 42
- Martin Brodeur: NHL All-Star G - New Jersey Devils
- Joe Carter: Former MLB All-Star OF
- Stephen Curry: NBA guard - Golden State Warriors
- Trent Dilfer: Former NFL Pro-Bowl QB
- Herm Edwards: Former NFL Head Coach
- John Fox: NFL head coach - Denver Broncos
- Hank Haney: World Renowned Golf Instructor
- AJ Hawk: NFL Pro Bowl LB - Green Bay Packers
- Trevor Hoffman: Former MLB All-Star Pitcher
- Sebastian Janikowski: NFL Pro Bowl K - Oakland Raiders
- Chipper Jones: Former MLB Hall of Famer Third Baseman
- Steve Kerr: Former NBA Guard & NBA Broadcast Analyst
- Derek Lowe: MLB Pitcher - New York Yankees
- Greg Maddux: Former MLB All-Star P
- Fred McGriff: Former MLB All-Star
- Bode Miller: Olympic Gold Medalist - Vancouver Super Combined
- Mike Modano: Former NHL All-Star
- Jerry Rice: NFL Hall of Fame WR
- Aaron Rodgers: NFL Pro-Bowl QB - Green Bay Packers
- Mark Rypien: Former NFL Pro Bowl QB
- Joe Sakic: NHL Hall of Famer
- Sterling Sharpe: Former NFL All-Pro WR
- Alex Smith: NFL QB - San Francisco 49ers
- Emmitt Smith: NFL Hall of Fame Running Back
- Mike Smith: NFL Head Coach - Atlanta Falcons
- John Smoltz: Former MLB All-Star P
- Steve Spurrier: Head Football Coach - Univ. of South Carolina
- Brian Urlacher: Former NFL All-Pro & Pro-Bowl LB
- Jack Wagner: Actor - Melrose Place
- Michael Waltrip: NASCAR driver
- Tim Wakefield: Former MLB All-Star Pitcher
- David Wells: Former MLB All-Star Pitcher