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Lee Trevino

Golf legend Lee Trevino will complete the celebrity foursome at the 2018 American Family Insurance Championship.

Trevino, winner of 29 PGA Tour championships, including six majors, will join Brett Favre, Derek Jeter and Andy North in a nine-hole exhibition on Saturday, June 23, following the final group of tournament players on the 10th hole at approximately 1:30 p.m.

“Lee Trevino is one-of-a-kind, whose story of determination, humor and love for the game of golf and fans fits perfectly with our championship,” said Nate Pokrass, tournament director.

Trevino will team with Jeter in a nine-hole scramble against Favre and North. The American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation will make a $25,000 donation to the American Family Children’s Hospital in the names of the winning team. Officials announced earlier this week that Favre, Jeter and North would return to participate in the event this year.

Trevino, a Dallas native, was a virtual unknown when he burst upon the golf scene in 1967 as a qualifier for the U.S. Open. He spent the rest of the year on the PGA Tour and was named Rookie of the Year. He won the U.S. Open in 1968, quickly becoming a fan favorite for his unorthodox swing and his jovial personality.

Trevino’s best year on tour was 1971, when he won six events, including the U.S. Open and Open Championship. He finished second twice in the former Greater Milwaukee Open in 1978 and 1979, losing an eight-hole playoff to Lee Elder in the first of those years.

Trevino also made his mark on the PGA Tour Champions circuit, which he joined in 1989 and won 29 tournaments, the third most in tour history. His last title came in the 2000 Cadillac NFL Classic, where he joined Gary Player as the only players to win a PGA Tour event in five decades.


Dennis Punzel covers Wisconsin Badgers volleyball, women's basketball for the Wisconsin State Journal.