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Watson McCaffrey celeb list growing

Jason Starr

The recruiting of new and interesting sports celebrities is arguably the hardest part of pulling off the annual Watson McCaffrey Golf Classic.

So it is a triumph that former New York Yankees ace pitcher David Cone is confirmed to make his first appearance at the Breckenridge event in this its 15th and final year.

The Watson McCaffrey Classic, a five-person scramble to be played at the Breckenridge Golf Club and the Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks, is set for June 13-16. Colorado celebrities and those from around the country are slowly starting to commit. They will join Steve Watson, Ed McCaffrey and other returning participants as celebrity draws.

“Celebrities who have been here before rave about the event,” said tournament spokesperson Karen Horsch. “We’ve made it kind of to the top of their list. The hard part is getting new people to come here, because they’re invited to a lot of events, and this is a popular time of year.”

David Cone is a five-time Major League all-star who spent most of his career in New York with the Mets and Yankees. Horsch said he was recruited to come to the Watson McCaffrey Classic by former Yankees pitcher Goose Gossage, whose heydey was in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Gossage grew up in Colorado Springs and has been one of the tournament regulars.

Sticking with all-star pitchers, the tournament hopes to have former Oakland star Rollie Fingers on the list soon. Fingers was the Major League’s Most Valuable Player in 1981 and holds the record for most career saves. This would be his first Watson McCaffrey Classic.

“Most of (the celebrities) are great to work with, but there’s a lot of logistics involved, a lot of hospitality,” Horsch said.

As usual, many former Denver Broncos are on the confirmed list. This year, Earl Morrell, who helped quarterback the 1972 Miami Dolphins to the only undefeated season in NFL history, will return. He played in the event once a couple years ago. The celebrity list currently stands at about 40 people. Twenty more are needed, however.

“I get phone calls every day,” Horsch said.


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