The Coast News Group
From left to right: Mark Rogers, Russell Imamura, Marshall Faulk, Steve DeSantis and Brad Heise get ready to tee off during the 2012 Drew Brees Classic at La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad. Photo by Bill Reilly

Players tee off for Classic

CARLSBAD — Rick Rhoden posted scores of 71 and 74 for the two-day tournament for a final score of 145 to win the 14th annual Drew Brees Celebrity Championship by two strokes over actor Jack Wagner.“It was a great experience to play here at La Costa,” Rhoden said following the winner’s trophy presentation. “It is an honor not only to play in the tournament, but also to help give back to the Brees Dream foundation and the San Diego community.”

Rhoden, who is a five-time tournament champion, received a projected purse of $100,000 and the Drew Brees Celebrity Championship coveted trophy. The tournament raised $195,000 for the Brees Dream Foundation, who will disperse the proceeds to four San Diego charities – Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego Armed Services YMCA, Friends of Scott Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society — Pacific South Coast Chapter.

“We had a great weekend out at La Costa, playing golf, catching up with old friends and making new ones,” said Brees. “More importantly, we raised a record amount of money for the Brees Dream foundation through this tournament.”

A tie for third and forth place goes to NFL kicker, Josh Scobee and NHL star Jeremy Roenick, finishing at +5 for the tournament.

Another noteable highlight was from the winner of the “Putt for a Prius” promotion. Moises Basa from Cerritos was selected out of over 50 contestants and made the putt to win a two-year lease on a new Toyota Prius.