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Chastain/Smoltz Win 11th Annual Michael Jordan Invitational at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, April 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Soccer superstar Brandi Chastain and former MLB all-star pitcher John Smoltz teammates and leaders after day one of the 11th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino  – shot even par-72 to earn a five-stroke victory at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Chastain and Smoltz each took home $20,000 for their designated charities (final scores below).

The winning duo, who shot a two-day total of six-under par, 138, overcame a difficult performance on the front nine to secure the title. Leading the tournament after day one by two strokes over eventual second-place finishers Roger Clemens and Ahmad Rashad (-1, 143), Chastain/Smoltz fell behind by one after eight holes.

The fan favorites were able to retake the lead after Clemens/Rashad double-bogeyed No. 13; their competitive nature took over later in the round when Smoltz sank an impressive, 20-foot putt for birdie on the 16th hole, clinching the victory.

"We play these tournaments for a good cause, but when we get out here on the course, we all are competitive and want to win," said Smoltz while accepting the crystal trophy. When asked how it felt to win the tournament and to beat host Michael Jordan, Chastain responded with a wink, "It's not about beating Michael." Not taking the loss lightly, Jordan quipped that Chastain and Smoltz would not be partners next year.

Bringing additional fun and laughter to the four-day tournament, multi-talented actor and producer Ashton Kutcher brought his skills to the golf course today, serving as Michael Jordan's caddy. Though Kutcher was clearly enjoying himself on the course, he also made sure to fulfill his caddy duties by pulling clubs, reading greens and providing words of encouragement to Jordan. He even occasionally threw grass in the air to gauge the wind direction, between signing autographs for fans and joking around with Aaron Rodgers, Brian Baumgartner and Dwight Freeney, who were part of the Jordan foursome.

Hosted at Shadow Creek, MJCI marks only the second time the exclusive golf course has opened its doors to the public. Proceeds from the charitable tournament are benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, UC San Diego Nevada Cancer Institute, James R. Jordan Foundation, Opportunity Village and Cats Care, the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats' charity arm. Since its inception in 2001, MJCI has raised more than $6 million for charity.

MJCI celebrities in attendance included Michael Jordan, NE-YO, Marcus Allen, Brian Baumgartner, Jerome Bettis, Brandi Chastain, Chris Chelios, Eddie Cibrian, Roger Clemens, Vince Coleman, Julius Erving, Angie Everhart, Joey Fatone, Marshall Faulk, Terry Francona, Wayne Gretzky, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Ken Griffey, Jr., Penny Hardaway, Brett Hull, Toni Kukoc, Mario Lemieux, Sugar Ray Leonard, Greg Maddux, Win McMurry, Joe Morgan, Paul O'Neill, Maury Povich, Ahmad Rashad, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, LeAnn Rimes, Aaron Rodgers, Stuart Scott, Bruce Smith, Ozzie Smith, John Smoltz, Matt Stafford, Jason Taylor, Alan Thicke, Tico Torres, Michael Wilbon, Winky Wright, Adrian Young and more.

VIDEO & PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS:

FINAL SCORES

Position

Name

Scores

Total

To Par

1

Brandi Chastain

John Smoltz

66-72

138

-6

2

Roger Clemens

Ahmad Rashad

68-75

143

-1

3

Brett Hull

Alan Thicke

72-72

144

EVEN

4

Toni Kukoc

Salli Richardson-Whitfield

70-77

147

+3

5

Dwight Freeney

Michael Jordan

72-76

148

+4

T6

Ken Griffey, Jr.

Michael Finley

73-76

149

+5

T6

Ozzie Smith

Bruce Smith

71-78

149

+5

8

Penny Hardaway

Richard Dent

73-77

150

+6

T9

Vince Coleman

Janet Jones-Gretzky

75-77

152

+8

T9

Marshall Faulk

Julius Erving

73-79

152

+8

11

Brian Baumgartner

Aaron Rodgers

72-81

153

+9

T12

Maury Povich

Winky Wright

77-77

154

+10

T12

Jason Taylor

Paul O'Neill

75-79

154

+10

T14

Angie Everhart

Mario Lemieux

79-76

155

+11

T14

Dan Jansen

Tom Welling

79-76

155

+11

16

Joe Morgan

Tico Torres

81-76

157

+13

17

Terry Francona

Wayne Gretzky

77-84

161

+17

18

Marcus Allen

Eddie Cibrian

81-81

162

+18

19

Greg Maddux

Jesse Williams

79-84

163

+19

20

Win McMurry

Adrian Young

84-84

168

+24

SOURCE ARIA Resort & Casino

For further information: Natalie Mounier of Kirvin Doak Communications, nmounier@kirvindoak.com; or Scott Ghertner of MGM Resorts Public Relations, sghertner@mgmresorts.com; or Alyson Sadofsky for Michael Jordan, alyson.sadofsky@sfx.com


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