Celebrity Golfer List
For WAVE’s 11th Annual Putt for Penguins golf outing, we are lucky enough to be joined by over 30 celebrity golfers! Each foursome of golfers will be joined by a celebrity for a five man scramble.
* Celebrity list is subject to change without notice. Teams will be paired up with celebrities by a random drawing.
David Fulcher, a big supporter of WAVE, holds the title of having the third highest interception record in Bengals history! This three-time pro bowler was not only a dominant presence in the NFL but after retirement also became a dominant presence in the local community. Some notable accomplishments off the field include: running an annual youth football camp, founding the non-profit organization MANA, head football coach at local Cincinnati Christian High School, and head football coach at Cincinnati Christian University!
Big George Wilson
Big George began his incredible basketball career in high school where he was named All-American after three seasons averaging 25, 27, and 26 points per game. He went on to play for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. In his senior year he set the record with 8 blocked shots in a game against Dayton. In 1964 George was a member of the USA Olympic Basketball team that went undefeated to win the gold in Tokyo, Japan. After this he played seven seasons in the NBA.
Furniture Fair Director of Marketing, Ed Hartman is best known for his on screen appearances in the Furniture Fair commercials with Anthony Munoz. Ed is also a strong supporter of the Anthony Munoz Foundation helping area children succeed in all aspects of life. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Eric Thomas is a former professional American football player who played cornerback for nine seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and Denver Broncos. He went to the Pro Bowl after the 1988 season. Thomas attended Tulane University.
George Vogel, WLWT News 5 Sports Executive Producer, grew up just east of Cincinnati in Georgetown, OH and has spent his entire career at WLWT. He attended Southern State Community College and the University of Cincinnati.
Who doesn’t like a great wide receiver? I know I do, and here at the WAVE foundation Ira Hilary is one of our favorites. Ira spent four seasons between the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings catching passes, scoring TD’s, and making plays. Lets hope that Ira’s golf skills are just as great as his football skills come Putt for Penguins time in June!
Drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1978, Breech played for the Oakland Raiders for a year and then the Cincinnati Bengals for the majority of his career. He spent 14 seasons there, obtaining a franchise record 1,151 points by placekicking. He was a member of the Super Bowl XXIII team, giving the Bengals a 16-13 lead with little time remaining. Currently Jim Breech is on the board of directors for Kicks for Kids and is the President of the Cincinnati chapter of the NFL Alumni.
John played as defensive back for Southern Methodist University and was recognized as an All-American during his time in college. He then went on to play 6 seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals and 1 season each with the Packers and the Colts.
Kevin Walker was a 3rd round draft choice for the Bengals out of the University of Maryland in the 1988 NFL Draft. He was a regular throughout the 1989 and 1990 seasons and was a part of the Cincinnati Bengals team that reached Super Bowl XXIII. Walker’s career came to an end in 1992 with an injury of his own torn knee ligament during a game against the New York Giants.
Mo debuted in major league baseball as a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds in 1991. He was then signed by the Colorado Rockies for their inaugural season in 1993.
Pete Johnson: Johnson spent 8 years in the NFL, mostly with the Cincinnati Bengals as a running back. During his career, he was a member of the Pro Bowl and was named an All-Pro. Pete Johnson was a member of the XVI Super Bowl team and helped the Bengals win their first ever playoff game. He took place in the legendary Freezer Bowl where he rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown. Johnson led the Bengals in rushing for all of the 7 seasons he was with them, making him their all-time leader in rushing yards, touchdowns, and second all-time leading scorer at the time.
Central Michigan star Robert Jackson was drafted in 1981 to our very own Cincinnati Bengals. One of the best defensive backs in the league during the 80’s, Jackson will be joining our collection of players attending this year’s Putt for Penguins outing in June.
Ron Oester was born in Cincinnati and attended Withrow High School. Oester was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds during the 9th round of 1974 amateur draft and made his major league debut on September 10, 1978 against the San Francisco Giants. He played his entire major league career as a second baseman with the Reds. In his final season in 1990, Oester was a key player off the bench during the Reds World Championship season and scored the winning run in the Reds pennant-clinching game over the Pirates in Game 6 of the 1990 NLCS. After his playing career, Oester spent six seasons with the Reds as a Major League coach. He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2014 and remains a Cincinnati resident.
Retired quarterback Tony Pike will be joining the roster for the Putt for Penguins golf outing in June. Before playing for the Carolina Panthers, Pike played football for not only local Reading High School, but also for the University of Cincinnati. Leading the 2009 Bearcats to a 12-0 season, Pike will be bringing his competitive nature to the course.
Darren Anderson, a former football cornerback, attended University of Toledo. Anderson has had his fair share of football seasons, playing a total of seven for teams such as the New England Patriots (1992), the Tampa Buccaneers (1992-1993), the Kansas City Chiefs (1994-1997), and the Atlanta Falcons (1998). He is now living in Ohio again and is a regional scout for the Detroit Lions.
Glover is from Dayton, Ohio but attended college at the University of Cincinnati. He played as a defensive back. He has a very impressive career, playing for teams such as Pittsburg Steelers (2002), Cincinnati Bengals (2002), Detroit Lions (2003), Orlando Predators (2004), Columbus Destroyers (2004), BC Lions (2006-2009), and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2010). After his playing career, he became the head coach and general manager for the Dayton Sharks in 2014.
Joe Kelly was new to Putt for Penguins for the 2019 year. He attended the University of Washington before starting his football career with six different teams. He played as linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals (1986-1989), the New York Jets (1990-1992), the Los Angeles Raiders (1993), Los Angeles Rams (1994), Green Bay Packers (1995), and Philadelphia Eagles (1996). He was awarded the Washington MVP in 1985.
George Foster was born in 1948 in Tuscaloosa, AL. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 3rd round of the 1968 MLB draft and was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 1971. Foster was a key piece of the Reds Big Red Machine and helped the Reds win consecutive World Series in 1975 and 1976. George was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2003.
According to the NFL Network’s The Top 100 NFL’s Greatest Players, a survey compiled in 2010, this next player is ranked #12, and is also the highest-ranked offensive lineman overall. Does the name Anthony Munoz sound familiar? It should… because this legend was also the first Cincinnati Bengal to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Often considered to be the greatest offensive linemen to have ever played, teeing off in June will sure be a delight with Anthony Munoz!
Five years with the Cincinnati Bengals as a kick returner, from 1989 to 1994, returning 115 kicks for a total of 2,474 yards over 97 games. In the 1986 Rose Bowl he tied the record, scoring 4 touchdowns for UCLA and was named to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1996.
Native to Dayton, OH, Byars played 13 seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and the New York Jets. He has rushed for 3,109 yards, caught 610 passes for 5,661 yards, returned five kickoffs for 94 yards, and completed 6 of 13 passes for 119 yards and six touchdowns, with one interception. His six passing touchdowns are the third highest total by a running back in NFL history.
Currently the spokesman for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award program. He formally served as Assistant Athletic Director for The Ohio State University and still speaks to the football team before every game. Griffin played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1976-1982, for seven seasons in the NFL. He has been the only NCAA football player to win the Heisman award twice. He is one of two players to win The Big 10 Most Valuable Player Award twice (1973–1974).
Offensive Tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals (98’-99’) spent 14 seasons in the NFL playing not only for the Bengals but also the Chargers, and Steelers (with whom he started in Super Bowl XXX). John was drafted out of Easter Kentucky University. He was inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame in June 2009.
Williamson is a former right-handed relief pitcher that played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1999-2003. He attended Tulane University and Oklahoma State University, earning a place on the Big 12 first-team honors during the 1996-1997 school year. He was drafted by the Reds in the 9th round in 1997 and played in the minor league for 2 years before being brought up to the majors in 1999. In 2003, Williamson was traded to the Boston Red Sox where he played until 2006. He then went on to play with the San Diego Padres and Baltimore Orioles in 2006 and 2007.