Tolliver Tops Celebrity Leaderboard


Billy Joe Tolliver picked up 22 points on Saturday to take a two-point lead through two rounds of the American Century Championship. Tolliver has collected 47 points over the first 36 holes.
Former Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher Rick Rhoden, the defending champion and six- time winner here, is two points back with 45. He is joined in second place by former NHL player Dan Quinn and former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
The tournament is using the Stableford scoring system which awards 10 points for a double-eagle, eight for a hole-in-one, six for an eagle, three for a birdie, one for a par, zero points for a bogey and minus-two points for a double-bogey or worse.
Tolliver, an 11-year NFL veteran, won the 1996 Lake Tahoe Celebrity Golf Championship and teamed with John Congemi to claim the 2002 Mohegan Sun Team Championship.
'We all putted the same, didn't make anything,' said Tolliver of his, Rhoden's and Quinn's play. 'But, you know it was fun playing with these two guys, they are good players, and I didn't really do anything out there. I putted for par exceptionally well. I just didn't give myself many looks at it. Right now I'm chipping for birdie a heck of a lot better than I'm putting for birdie.'
Rhoden, the tour's all-time wins leader, has been steady over the first two days shooting 72-71 to collect 23 and 22 points in successive days.
Quinn is in good shape after 25 points on Friday and 20 on Saturday. He owns 14 Celebrity Tour wins and was the leading money winner in 2002.
Rypien garnered 22 points in the opening round and 23 in Saturday's second round. His best tour finish came at the 2002 Las Vegas Celebrity Classic, where he tied for sixth.
Tennis legend Ivan Lendl is alone in fifth place with 43 points, while NHL Hall-of-Fame goalie Grant Fuhr is two points behind him.
A pair of longtime NFL players, Al Del Greco and Chris Chandler, share seventh place with 40 points. John Elway, who hosted his own Celebrity Tour event last week, is behind that pair with 37 points.
Two former NFL quarterbacks - Steve Bartkowski and Neil Lomax - share 10th place with 36 points. Two former NFL players Joe Theisman and Sterling Sharpe, join Michael Jordan in 12th place with 35 points.