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Herm Edwards entertains at Reno-Tahoe Open Aug. 1-7



RENO, Nev. Herman “Herm” Edwards, known amongst sports fans for his ESPN sports analysis and years coaching the Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Jets, has confirmed his attendance at the 2011 Reno-Tahoe Open, Aug. 1-7. During the week, Edwards is set to host and participate in a slew of activities including co-hosting the Pro-Am pairings party on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Eldorado Hotel Reno where participants have the chance to be matched up to play with Edwards and a PGA TOUR professional during the Wednesday Pro-Am.  Edwards also plays a part in the tournament’s Women’s Day activities as well as in its Patriots’ Luncheon.

“It is a great honor to be able to welcome Herm Edwards to the Reno-Tahoe Open for the first time,” said Jana Smoley, executive director of the Reno-Tahoe Open. “He has been so successful in all his endeavors as an NFL player, coach, and now ESPN analyst and we are so happy that he has decided to participate in so many aspects of our tournament.”

Although not a professional golfer, Edwards knows the dedication and commitment it takes to succeed at the professional level.  As a cornerback in the NFL for 10 seasons, primarily with the Philadelphia Eagles, Edwards remained active for 135 consecutive games and recorded 38 career interceptions.  After his playing days were over, Edwards began a coaching career and through hard work and determination, he became head coach of the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs where he lead his teams to four play-off appearances. Today, Edwards is seen on TV as a football analyst for shows including “Audibles,” “ESPNEWS,” “NFL Live” and “SportsCenter,” as well as adding commentary during Southeastern Conference football games.

“Hopefully I don’t embarrass myself too much with my golf game during Wednesday’s pro-am, but either way I know our group will have a great time,” laughed Edwards. “I’m really looking forward to participating in the Reno-Tahoe Open this year.”

“It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to play with a former professional NFL player and coach and a PGA TOUR professional – at the same time,” adds Smoley. “The lucky group that gets the chance to be a part of Herm’s foursome in Wednesday’s pro-am is going to have a really great time.”

With his infamous quotes now known as “Hermisms,” Edwards also has a passion for motivational speaking. The tournament’s 132 PGA TOUR professionals will take Edwards’ legendary advice, “You play to win the game,” while battling it out on the TOUR’s third-longest course.  He also uses those motivational skills to introduce LPGA legends Beth Daniel and Meg Mallon at the 2nd annual Women’s Day presented by Barrick Gold of North America taking place on Saturday, Aug. 6, along with honoring the country’s service men and women by attending the Patriots’ Luncheon, on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

“I am really looking forward to being involved in this year’s Reno-Tahoe Open,” said Edwards. “I’ve heard that the area has a lot to offer and I am excited to participate in so many great and unique events that are taking place at this year’s tournament.”

For more information on the 13th annual Reno-Tahoe Open at Montrêux, including ticket sales, vacation packages, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.RenoTahoeOpen.com or contact the tournament office at 775-322-3900.

The 13th annual Reno-Tahoe Open at Montrêux, an official PGA TOUR event, takes place Aug. 1 – 7, 2011 at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev.  The tournament is a full-field stop during the PGA TOUR Regular Season and is part of the FedExCup series, a points competition for PGA TOUR professionals.  The internationally-televised tournament brings in millions of dollars in coverage for the Reno-Tahoe region through its affiliation with The Golf Channel as it follows 132 PGA TOUR professionals competing for a share of the tournament’s $3 million purse. The Reno-Tahoe Open is operated and managed by the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation, comprised of key sponsors including Eldorado Hotel Reno, Montrêux Development Group and NV Energy.

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