Celebrity Golfer List
For WAVE’s 9th 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.
Shaw is a native to Florida where he played football and graduated fro Pensacola High School. He was enrolled at Florida State University then transferred to Louisiana Tech University. He played three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. He is currently the head football coach at Lafayette high School in Lexington, KY.
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!
From Hamilton, Ohio, Jay Fry attended and played for Miami(OH) for three years as linebacker. After a tryout with the Los Angeles Rams, Fry became a coach. He started off coaching at Colina High School before moving to a university in Canada as a head coach and wrestling coach. He then returned to Miami(OH) as an assistant coach for 7 years. Following that, Fry went to Yale for two years then Indiana University where he helped the team make it to the Rose Bowl. After going through a few professional teams, he ended up with the Giants in 1976 as a Defensive line coach, Offensive line coach, and then Special teams coach. He was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1995.
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.
Currently Vice President – Relationship Officer at Forcht Bank, former Cincinnati Bengal’s tackle Joe Walter will be attending the Putt for Penguins golf outing in June. Committing to the Bengals for thirteen seasons, the hard work and dedication of Joe is truly inspiring to all of us here at WAVE! Joe is considered one of the all-time Bengal greats.
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.
Who has the second highest recorded interceptions and return yards in Bengal’s history, the highlight of which being a 102-yard interception, noted as one of the longest plays in Bengal history? Not a stranger to the AFC Championship “Freezer Bowl,” defensive back Louis Breeden will be joining us for this years Putt for Penguins golf outing in June!
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.
Tom Thacker was born and raised in Covington, KY and attended William Grant High School where he averaged over 30 points per game. Thacker attended the University of Cincinnati and played three seasons under coach Ed Jucker where he helped the Bearcats earn back to back NCAA titles in 1961 and 1962. In 1963, Thacker was chosen in the first round of the NBA draft by the Cincinnati Royals. He played his 1967 NBA season with the Boston Celtics and earned a championship ring when the Celtics won the NBA title over the Los Angeles Lakers. From 1968-1971 Thacker played in the American Basketball Association for the Indiana Pacers. Thacker is the only player to have played on an NCAA championship team, an ABA championship team, and an NBA championship team.
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.
Mike Arthur is a new celebrity for Putt for Penguins in 2019. Arthur is originally from Minnesota, but came to play for the Cincinnati Bengals as center position in 1991. Arthur also played for the New England Patriots from 1993 to 1994, and the Green Bay Packers from 1995 to 1996. He was a Super Bowl victor with the Green Bay Packers while playing his last two seasons with them. He was also inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Texas A&M, where he attended college, in 2003.
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 is 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.
Jalin Marshall is from Middletown, Ohio and attended Ohio State University. He plays as wide receiver and return specialist. He was signed on to play for the New York Jets as a free agent in 2016. Marshall signed on to the Orlando Apollos just this year and was able to score the team’s first-time touchdown.
Former running back for the Dallas Cowboys, Michael Wiley will be attending this year’s Putt for Penguins. Wiley began his career at Monte Vista High School where he ran 1,901 yards his senior year making him the Number 2 running back prospect in the country. He continued on to the Ohio State University recording a career 2,951 rushing yards until he was drafted in the fifth round by the Dallas Cowboys.
David Wilkins was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where he attended local public school, Aiken High School. He then moved on the Eastern Kentucky to continue his football career at Eastern Kentucky University. He was then drafted by San Francisco in 1992. This is his first year at Putt for Penguins and WAVE is very excited to have him.
Moeller High School graduate and former Philadelphia Eagle’s Center Matt Tennant will be attending Putt for Penguins this year. Born in Cincinnati he moved to Boston to attend Boston University where he received Second Team All-American honors his senior year. He began his professional career with a fifth round draft pick to the New Orleans Saints and finished his career with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Cincinnati local and University of Cincinnati basketball star, Terry Nelson is attending his first Putt for Penguins event this year. In his 65 complete games Nelson scored a total of 234 points with 84 two-point shots. Nelson is now an analyst for the Cincinnati Bearcats as well as a basketball analyst for FoxSports.
Cleo Miller is a former running back for the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns. Miller played football in college at Arkansas-Pine Bluff before signing as a free agent to Kansas City. As a rookie he rushed for 186 yards on 40 carries. He was then traded to the Browns midway through the season. In 1977 he rushed for 756 yards on 163 carries.
Four-time pro bowler James Brooks will be appearing on the roster for this year’s Putt for Penguins golf outing! One of the Bengals top 15 leading receivers of all time, in 1991 Brooks also held the record for the team’s all time leading rusher with 6,447 yards! Another friend to the “Freezer Bowl,” we cannot wait to tee off with James Brooks in June!
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!