Charley Pride among stars for annual golf tournament - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Charley Pride among stars for annual golf tournament

KPLC's Lee Peck and country music legend Charley Pride. (Source: KPLC) KPLC's Lee Peck and country music legend Charley Pride. (Source: KPLC)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The Tournament of the Stars golf tournament at Graywood in Lake Charles continues to attract big name celebrities.

This is the eighth year for the tournament, and more than a dozen former pro athletes and country music legend Charley Pride are participating.

When asked about his golf game Pride said, "(It's) not too good. I haven't been playing enough. I used to be a 9 at one time, and I'm not a 9 anymore. I'm now at a 23, and that isn't good."

Pride still tours and performs and even sang a bit of his hit "Kiss an Angel Good Morning" at the course on Monday.

Among the other celebrities were several pro athletes. Former MLB pitcher Ray Fontenot said it's a great cause to donate his time.

When asked about his game, Fontenot said, "Don't ask. (laughs) It's not the worst I've every played, but it's definitely not the best."

This was former NBA star Ollie Taylor's first year to play in the tournament. "We do a lot of these types of golf tournaments. Because this one is a scholarship fundraiser, it's just a joy," said Taylor.

The golf tournament is a sidebar to the organizations Basketball Tournament of the Stars. The 20th Anniversary kicks off this Friday with a parade. The games are on Saturday and Sunday at local gyms across the city. The Tournament of the Stars has raised more than $500,000 in scholarships for students over the last 20 years.

"Most of the celebrities do this all the time. This is what they do. They care about our youth and kids. We care about our kids too, and that is the reason we do what we do," said Don Piper, golf tournament organizer.

Also among the 25 teams was 7-year-old Kennedy Thibodeaux. The Lake Charles native has been playing golf for three years.

"I like golf because I started a long time ago and started getting better at it," said Thibodeaux.

Organizers said the biggest rewards are far from the golf course. "It's when you hand those scholarships to those kids and those parents are crying and thanking us. That is what we do it for, and that's what it's all about," said Harold McReynolds, Tournament of the Stars Founder & President.  

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