June 28, 2017
Steph Curry to Play With Pros at Ellie Mae Classic
Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry will test his golf game against the pros.
As first reported by San Francisco Chronicle golf writer and NCGA Golf contributor Ron Kroichick, Curry has received a sponsor’s exemption to play in this year’s Web.com Tour Ellie Mae Classic, slated for Aug. 3-6 at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward.
On Wednesday, the Web.com Tour and Ellie Mae confirmed that Curry will play in the event, maintaining his amateur status in the event and competing on an unrestricted sponsor exemption.
“We are elated to have Stephen Curry compete in this year’s Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae,” said tournament director Trish Gregovich. “Our longstanding goal has been to create a meaningful community impact through this event, and allowing a true pillar of the Bay Area community and a genuine sports superstar inside the ropes to compete alongside future PGA TOUR stars helps to elevate that effort.”
Curry, a two-time winner of the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, currently carries a 2.0 handicap index. He has competed in the celebrity American Century Classic in Tahoe and also the Pro-Am at the Safeway Open in Napa. But he’s never taken on the pros until now.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to play with the pros in the upcoming Ellie Mae Classic, not only to be able to compete against some of the best golfers in the world, but to also help bring light to the tournament’s charitable footprint of giving back to the Warriors Community Foundation,” Curry said. “Golf has always been a passion of mine and it’s a dream come true to get the chance to play inside the ropes amongst the pros in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned tournament.”
Last year’s Ellie Mae Classic produced one of the most memorable weeks in the Web.com Tour’s 28-year history, with Germany’s Stephan Jaeger posting 12-under 58 in the opening round, at the time the lowest score in a PGA TOUR-sanctioned event, on his way to a record-setting, 30-under-par 250 total and a seven-shot victory.