LIONS INSIDER

Tate to showcase his skills on the course

Posted Jul 21, 2016

Golden Tate will be participating in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Calif., July 22-24.

Golden Tate has proven over the years to be calm under pressure on the football field.

But those nerves will admittedly be tested on the golf course this week at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament.

"First of all, trying not to hit anyone with a golf ball, left or right," Tate said on a conference call when asked what his goals are for the tournament.

Tate is making his debut at the tournament, which takes palace in Lake Tahoe, Calif., July 22-24 at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

The 54-hole event, televised nationally by NBC (Saturday and Sunday) and NBC Sports Network (Friday), features a celebrity field of 90-plus sports and entertainment stars competing for $600,000 in prize money. 

Other prominent names competing in the invent include: Justin Timberlake, Charles Barkley, Aaron Rodgers, Jim Harbaugh, Ray Romano, Steve Spurrier, Roger Clemens, Bode Miller, Jerry Rice, Emmett Smith, Larry the Cable Guy and defending champion Mark Mulder.

"This is the biggest tournament I've ever played in," Tate said. "I'm usually just playing muni (municipal) courses around the L.A. area and playing in Detroit, so this is going to be pretty interesting.

“Looks like a super fun event, and looks like a lot of fans and spectators are there which is probably going to be the most nerve‑racking for me. But it looks like a great weekend full of golf and full of activities and a great area. And it's something I've been wanting to play in for a number of years.”

Tate picked up the sport later in life and said he finally has enough confidence in his game where he could enter a tournament such as this.

Lions veterans report to Allen Park for training camp on July 28, so the event offers Tate one final opportunity to keep his mind off football.  

“We're really not sure what to expect this year, but I know I'm excited about it, and hopefully I play well enough to get invited back once I get a better feel,” Tate said.

“But I'm a rookie going to this event. We'll see how that works out.”