Country music singer-songwriter Lee Brice and Major League Baseball pitching great Roger Clemens will play in the second annual Cologuard Classic “Celebrity Challenge” on Saturday, February 29th . Two additional celebrities will be announced a later date. Played during the second round of the PGA TOUR Champions event, the celebrity group will play 9 holes, teeing off on the back nine at approximately 2:30 p.m. The celebrities will compete for far more than pride and bragging rights, as a $50,000 donation will be made to colorectal cancer related charities on behalf of the celebrity group.
The inaugural Cologuard Classic Celebrity Challenge was played during the second round of the 2019 tournament with Oscar De La Hoya and Chuck Cecil (The Athletes) defeating Alfonso Ribeiro and Greg Kinnear (The Actors). Following the round, Exact Sciences, makers of Cologuard, made a donation in the name of De La Hoya and Cecil to the Colon Cancer Alliance. De La Hoya announced Golden Boy Promotions, his boxing and mixed martial arts promotions firm, would match the donation to the Colon Cancer Alliance.
Brice, a GRAMMY nominee, a CMA nominee and a double ACM award winner, will headline the Cologuard Classic’s Military Appreciation Concert the evening of Saturday, Feb. 29th on the practice range at Omni Tucson National Resort. Brice has taken five radio singles to No. 1: “A Woman Like You," “Hard To Love," “I Drive Your Truck," “I Don’t Dance," and “Drinking Class.” With more than 12 million in RIAA certified sales, Brice has achieved Gold and Platinum on every album and single released, with “A Woman Like You” reaching Double Platinum status. Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and others have recorded his songs, and he's performed on TV shows including NBC's Today, ABC's The Bachelor, NBC's The Voice and FOX's Miss USA 2018. With well over 2 billion spins on Pandora, Lee Brice was inducted into the streaming service’s ‘Billionaires Club’ on June 8, 2018.
Clemens is considered one of the most dominant pitchers in Major League Baseball history. His start at Spring Woods High took him to San Jacinto Jr. College and onto a successful career as a University of Texas Longhorn. Clemens was the winning pitcher in the final game of the 1983 College World Series. In 1983, Roger was drafted by the Boston Red Sox and one year later named Rookie of the Year. Clemens is a seven-time Cy Young Award winner and a twelve-time MLB All Star. He earned 354 wins, 4,672 strike outs and 2 World Championship rings during his MLB career with the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Houston Astros. Roger and his wife, Debbie, make their home in Houston, Texas. He remains very active in the community. Roger and Debbie Clemens established the Roger Clemens Foundation in 1992 which helps and supports children’s charities from all walks of life.
In addition to the celebrities competing in the Celebrity Challenge, many of the top names on the PGA TOUR Champions have committed to play in the 2020 Cologuard Classic, including defending champion Mark O’Meara, Scott McCarron, Jerry Kelly, Bernhard Langer, Retief Goosen and Miguel Angel Jiménez.
The 2020 tournament marks the third year of the Cologuard Classic, named after Wisconsin-based Exact Sciences’ noninvasive at-home colon cancer screening test for average-risk individuals 45 years or older, and the sixth year the Conquistadores have partnered with the PGA TOUR Champions. Tournament activities will take place February 23 – March 1 at Omni Tucson National Resort and will feature a 78- player field competing for a $1.7 million purse with $255,000 and 255 Charles Schwab Cup points for the winner. The no-cut format includes three days of competition (Friday-Sunday) with players participating in pro-am events on Wednesday and Thursday. Tournament proceeds benefit youth athletic programs in Southern Arizona and colorectal cancer research and advocacy.