MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- The Major League Baseball Hall of Famer turned pro golfer will compete in the PGA Tour Champions event.
51-year-old John Smoltz will compete under a sponsor’s exemption, one of the five exemptions that will be grant to fill out the 78-player field. The full field for the championship will be set June 14.
Janet Masters, a spokesperson for the American Family Insurance Championship, said Smotlz will bring his unique blend of athleticism to the 2019 American Family Insurance Championship which will be held June 21 – 23 at University Ridge Golf Course.
“While his talent and grit on the mound is legendary, he’s also an excellent competitor on the golf course. We’re thrilled to have a great athlete and popular personality like John in our field, and we’re certain fans will enjoy watching him all three tournament days,” said Nate Pokrass, tournament director.
“I have heard incredible things about the American Family Insurance Championship: the course, the fan turnout, and the celebrities and concerts they have like this year with Toby Keith. I can’t wait to get there and experience how great of an event everyone says it is,” said Smoltz, now a baseball broadcaster for FOX and MLB Network.
Masters said Smoltz is best known for his 20-year pitching career with the Atlanta Braves. He was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015. Smoltz is an eight-time All-Star and Cy Young Award winner. He is in the only pitcher in history to top both 200 wins and 150 saves.
Masters said Smoltz will compete in at least two more PGA TOUR Champions events in 2019.
Proceeds from the American Family Insurance Championship will be donated through the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation to the American Family Children’s Hospital and other charities.