The ongoing NFL lockout may be leaving Wes Welker's plans for next fall up in the air, but the Patriots' wide receiver knows what he'll be doing in mid-July — competing in the 2011 American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe, Nev., from July 12-17.
The former Texas Tech Red Raider last played in the tournament in 2009, when he tied for 60th. Other active NFL stars hitting the links alongside Welker will be Cincinnati Bengals All-Pro quarterback Carson Palmer and two players from the defending Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers — MVP quarterback Aaron Rogers and linebacker A.J. Hawk.
The official tournament charity for the sixth consecutive year is Lance Armstrong's LIVESTRONG organization that inspires and empowers people affected by cancer. More than $3 million has been raised for a variety of national and local charities since the tournament's inception in 1990.
American Century Investments, a leading, privately-controlled investment management firm serving professionals, institutions, corporations and individuals, is the tournament title sponsor. Through the company's ownership structure, more than 40 percent of company profits support research to help find cures for genetically-based diseases including cancer, diabetes and dementia.