Joe Maddon’s celebrity golf outing will ‘try not to suck’

July 13, 2017

By Teddy Greenstein | Chicago Tribune

Most of us suck at golf. We can admit this, right?

So Joe Maddon’s charity golf tournament has a perfect name, borrowed from his day job: The 2nd annual “Try Not to Suck Celebrity Golf Classic” will take place July 31 at Bryn Mawr Country Club in Lincolnwood, six miles from Wrigley Field.

The Cubs manager, who could shoot in the high 70s toward the end of his minor-league playing days, will greet foursomes, pose for pictures and hit drives off the No. 1 tee in the scramble format.

A host of former Cubs are expected to attend and play, including Ryne Sandberg, Fergie Jenkins, Ryan Dempster, Kerry Wood, Randy Hundley, Ron Coomer, Bob Dernier, Gary Matthews and Steve Trout. John Cusack, Tom Dreesen, Joel Murray are among the entertainers expected, and organizers hope that Bill Murray and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder will find their way to the clubhouse.

The event raised $250,000 in its inaugural year for Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation, according to event chair Jerry Lasky, and is sold out for 2017.

Ben Zobrist, Mike Montgomery and Miguel Montero played last year. Lasky hopes several current Cubs — the team’s golf nuts include Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, John Lackey and Kyle Hendricks — will opt to tee it up.

WSCR AM-670’s “Spiegel and Parkins” show will broadcast live from the course.

Auction items will include a lunch with Maddon, a Cubs VIP gameday experience and golf trips.