STATE GOVERNMENT – Most people never thought it was possible for Charles Barkley to beat Aaron Rodgers in the Celebrity Golf Championship.
No, it didn’t happen.
Rodgers, who had been competing in the American Century Championships at Edgewood Tahoe for 18 years, made a bet with Barkley that if Barkley finished before him, Rodgers would let Barkley cut his man bun.
Rodgers hit the Eagles in Sunday’s 18th game — his first all day — and finished ninth with 50 points, while Barkley was 74th with minus-26 points.
It was Barkley’s best finish in the championship at South Lake Tahoe.
Rodgers’ 3 on the par-5 added six points to his score, and he finished the day with 24.
With Rodgers ranked higher than Barkley, the NBA legend agreed to donate $25,000 to the charity of Rodgers’ choice, the North Valley Community Foundation in Chico, California.
Another bet involving Barkley is on how well he has performed throughout the tournament.
Caesars Sportsbook offered Barkley odds on a top 70 finish among 87 golfers.
Barkley opened with odds at 5-1 to break into the top 70, but for the week those odds were in his favor.
Ambassador of South Tahoe
Buckley, a big supporter of South Lake Tahoe and firefighting there, joined the Tahoe Douglas Fire District in announcing a statement encouraging support for the fire safety movement, the Operation Save the Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Rescue Helicopter Program.
Officials say deploying firefighting helicopters in the Lake District will have a major impact on fighting last year’s Caldor fire, which burned 221,835 acres, destroyed 1,003 structures and evacuated 22,000 people.
Back in 2007, Buckley was instrumental in supporting the fires in Angola and again expressed his encouragement to help protect Lake Tahoe from future fires.
Jim Krajewski covers high school and youth sports for the Reno Gazette Journal.follow him on twitter @RGJPreps. Support his work by subscribing to RGJ.com.