Legends Classic returns with Rip City flavor

Jul 02, 2012 | Posted in News & Updates

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Tommy Thayer Legends Classic
FOREST GROVE (June 26, 2012) – Featuring legends from the fields of music and sports and calling it a “celebrity combine of Rock City and Rip City,” the sixth annual Pacific University Legends Classic hosted by Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist of the legendary rock group KISS, will take place July 29-30 at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha.

Hall of Fame broadcaster Bill Schonely, who tagged Portland with the nickname “Rip City” in 1971, will lead a host of Portland Trail Blazers and other celebrities in the tournament, which benefits Pacific’s 21-sport NCAA Division III athletics program.

Schonely, who will receive the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in September, leads a list of fan favorites who are lending their support to the Legends Classic. Joining “The Schonz” are Bobby Gross, a starter on the Blazers’ 1977 NBA championship team, Jerome Kersey and Brian Grant.

This year’s Legends Classic combines a number of new names with familiar favorites. The tournament field includes return visits by professional golfers Shaun Micheel, Brian Henninger, Notah Begay III, Tommy Masters, Paige Mackenzie and Perry Swenson. Legendary NASCAR driver Geoff Bodine returns as does former Oregon head football coach and current ESPN analyst Mike Bellotti as well as two-time MLB All-Star, Richie Sexson.

Among those from the world of music returning to support the Legends Classic include the original lead guitarist for the Eagles, Don Felder; the original drummer of Chicago, Danny Seraphine; Night Ranger frontman Jack Blades, Robby Krieger of The Doors and the legendary manager of KISS, Doc McGhee. Joining Legends for the first time is country musician and comedian Gary Mule Deer.

Tournament spots are filling up quickly as the Pacific University Legends Golf Classic has become one of the top celebrity golf events in the Pacific Northwest.

The Legends Classic opens on Sunday, July 29 with a dinner that includes both silent and live auctions and features memorabilia from the music and sports world, trips and special concert opportunities. The evening concludes with a concert by Tommy Thayer and friends, featuring Jack Blades and many of the musicians playing in the tournament.

The event continues the following day, Monday, July 30 with a putting contest, a professional golf clinic and an 18-hole tournament on one of the premier courses in the Northwest.

In its first five years, the Legends Classic has raised more than $500,000 for Pacific University’s 21-sport NCAA Division III athletics program. Funds from the tournament have helped fund facilities upgrades, enhanced operating budgets for sports programs and aided in the return of Pacific’s football program.

To reserve a place at the Pacific University Legends Classic and for more information, including celebrity biographies and sponsorship details, visit