By Jerry Del Priore
Thursday in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Korbel California Champagne once again gathered to celebrate the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, by holding its 13th annual unusual competition — the “Celebrity Spray-Off,” in which 38 celebrities tested their cork-popping distance skills in spray-off fashion.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen came out on top with a distance of 82 feet while breaking the all-time Korbel Spray-Off record. Allen will donate $5,000 from the Korbel Toast Life® Foundation to the charity of his choice.
Popular comedian and actor Rob Riggle came in second place with a distance of 74 feet, followed by former All-Pro quarterback Trent Dilfer, with a 70-foot uncorking, earning him third place in the competition.
Defending Spray-Off Champion and NBA MVP Stephen Curry wasn’t so lucky this time, finishing in eighth place.
“We’re thrilled to bring Korbel’s signature events to the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship each year, and it’s truly been exciting to see so many first-time participants as well as returning faces,” said Gary Heck, owner, and president of Korbel Champagne Cellars. “Besides the spirited competition, the annual Spray-Off brings together friendly rivals for a good cause.”
About the American Century Golf Championship
The 30th annual American Century Championship, a made-for-TV event owned and broadcasted by NBC Sports, NBCSN and Golf Channel, is the premier celebrity golf tournament, which also raises funds for local and national charities. The competition features a purse of $600,000. The tournament is a 54-hole modified Stableford format that features some of sports’ and entertainment’s greatest celebrities.
This tournament is often referred to as the Super Bowl of celebrity golf with more than 90 sports and entertainment luminaries. Celebrity participants included Charles Barkley, Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers, Alfonso Ribeiro, Jerry Rice, and Larry the Cable Guy, among several others.
Established in 1882 in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, Korbel Champagne Cellars produces the United States’ most popular méthode champenoise champagne. But, the true measure of Korbel’s success during its 137-year history can be seen in the impact it’s had on American consumers and its presence at various celebrations throughout the years.
Owned and managed by the Heck family since 1954, Korbel currently makes eleven California champagnes and a limited amount of still wine. In a separate facility, Korbel also produces one of the country’s most respected brandies.
Watch actor and comedian Rob Riggle launch a long distance uncorking in the video below.