Seventh Annual Sonny Sixkiller
Celebrity Golf Classic Set
The Seventh Annual Sonny Sixkiller Husky Golf Classic
presented by Wilder Auto Center will feature the strongest field of celebrities
yet on Friday, July 28, at the Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course.
Sixkiller was the dynamic quarterback who turned around the
Husky football program, and led the nation in passing in 1970. He also was
featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated October 4, 1971. "We are delighted
to be a part of this tournament – we think it is the premier sporting event on
the Peninsula," said Jerry Allen, the CEO of Seven Cedars Casino. "We have been
very fortunate to partner with Sonny for the past 12 years."
He has lined up a who's who list of over 30 Husky legends to
play in the tournament, including former Huskies Bob Schloredt, Marques
Tuiasosopo, Damon Huard, Robin Earl and Steve Emtman. Also participating will be
former Port Angeles High School player Scott Jones, who is the only Roughrider
to have played in the NFL, that coming after a successful career as a tight end
and offensive tackle at Washington.
"I've always wanted
to set up a tournament to showcase the legacy of University of Washington
sports, especially football," said Sixkiller. "I am extremely pleased to be
able to work with the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe once again and am happy that it
will benefit the Olympic Medical Center Foundation."
A native of Ashland, Oregon, he played for The Hawaiians in
the World Football League, and was a cast member in the original The Longest Yard movie production. He currently is the Senior Associate
General Manager for the Washington ISP Sports Network.
As a sophomore at the UW, Sixkiller took the reigns of a
team that had gone 1-9 the year before and directed seasons of 6-4, 8-3 and
8-3. He led the nation in total passing in 1970, completing 186 of 362 for
2,303 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Roy Blount Jr. aptly described Sixkiller as a player in the
Sports Illustrated story:
"Another powerful inducement for fans and scribes to go wild
over Sixkiller is his style of play. He is a fine looking athlete who whistles
the ball and moves fluidly. He isâ€¦not much of a runner, but he scrambles and
does wild things. His passes tend to be either 15-yard lasers into someone's
stomach or lofted 25-yarders that just clear two defenders' hands to hit a
receiver in full stride down the sidelines.
"After he matched, or perhaps outdid, the passing of Heisman
Trophy winner Jim Plunkett in Washington's 29-22 loss to Stanford last year,
Stanford Coach John Ralston said, "We've faced some fine quarterbacks this
season, but none of them presented as many defensive problems as Sixkiller.
After studying the films of him in action, our coaching staff agreed they have
never seen a passer as loose as this kid. He free lances all over the field and
you never know what he's going to do next. And talk about your gunners, I can't
recall anyone who unloads the ball as fast and as often as Sixkiller."
His movie and TV credits are short but memorable. Burt
Reynolds, who is one-eighth Cherokee, visited a UW practice in Sixkiller's
sophomore year. Two years later, he invited him to Georgia to be a part of the Longest Yard movie. Sixkiller played a
halfback on the inmate team that took on the guards. Later, he appeared as a
boat captain in Hawaii Five-O.
Sonny Sixkiller Celebrity Golf Classic
Auction & Dinner: July 27th, 2017; Seven Cedars Casino
Golf Tournament: July 28th, 2017; The Cedars at Dungeness