Howard University recently hosted the Bison at the Beach Inaugural Golf Classic, a first-of-its-kind golf classic and fundraising event for the Howard University golf program. NBA champion Stephen Curry joined members of the golf team, Howard alumni, members of the Board of Trustees, corporate sponsors and friends of the University for the two-day event that raised over $3 million in support of the golf program’s endowment.
Playing at a celebrity golf tournament over the weekend, Charles Barkley put his money where his mouth was — and ended up having to eat 100 grand. Listed with 8-to-1 odds to finish in the top 70 at the American Century Championship tournament, Charles Barkley placed a $100,000 bet on himself to make the cut.
“I’m gonna be aggressive because I have an aggressive personality,” Barkley said when asked about his mindset heading into the final day of the tourney. “I just want to play well for the last — we got like 11 more holes to go and see where I’m at at the end of the day. Hey, listen, if I’m right there and at 75 and I’m right there, I’m going for it.” Go for it he did, but Barkley ended up finishing tied for 76th, losing his bet.
Barkley was minus-7 after his first round on Friday, which is not good in this context. The American Century Championship uses a modified Stableford scoring system where you get positive points for a par or better, 0 points for a bogey and -2 points for a double-bogey or worse. After that round, Barkley revealed in an interview with ESPN that he bet $100,000 on himself to finish in the top 70. “I put $100,000 on myself, so I feel very confident,” Barkley said Friday. “I feel really good. I screwed up myself today. I could have played a lot better, but I’m very happy with where I’m at.”
Not all custom putters are created equal. That became abundantly clear this week at the American Century Championship when former NBA star Vince Carter pulled out a true one-of-one from his golf bag — a Tad Moore blade made specifically to commemorate several of his greatest dunks.
The four dunks he executed during the contest — a reverse 360, between the legs, from the free-throw line and arm in the rim — are some of the most iconic throwdowns we’ve ever witnessed. Some moments from the dunk contest have even been turned into viral GIFs. “The dunk contest was special to me because a lot of those dunks, like the free-throw line, I did for the first time that night. I changed my dunk routine and it worked out,” Carter told GOLF.com. “The rest is history.”
The Curry brothers, Philadelphia 76ers guard Seth Curry and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, are known for their elite shooting, but they are also known for their love of the game of golf. The Curry brothers combined both of their skills on Wednesday when they were at the Travis Mathew celebrity golf takeover in Lake Tahoe. Both of the brothers were competing in the tournament along with their father, Dell Curry.