Joel Gretsch
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Joel Gretsch
Actor Joel Gretsch, who played Bobby Jones in "The Legend of Bagger Vance," clowns around with his all-female team during the Patrick Warburton celebrity event in Palm Desert, Calif. Courtesy of WarburtonGolf.com
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Peter Gallagher
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Peter Gallagher
Golf nut and actor Peter Gallagher took part in the Patrick Warburton Golf for Kids event in Palm Desert, Calif. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Patrick Warburton - Classic Club
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Comedic actor Patrick Warburton hits a shot during his own celebrity tournament at The Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif. Courtesy of WarburtonGolf.com
Patrick Warburton
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Tournament host Patrick Warburton with celebrities Gary Valentine, Debbe Dunning and fellow "Rules of Engagement" star Oliver Hudson. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Tommy Chong
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Tommy Chong of Cheech 'N' Chong fame (center), kids around with his partners at the Patrick Warburton tourney at the Classic Club. Courtesy of WarburtonGolf.com
Mike Mills
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Mike Mills
Mike Mills, of R.E.M. fame, performed during the Friday Jam Session at the Patrick Warburton celebrity event at the JW Marriott Desert Springs. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Raymond Cruz
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Breaking Bad" fans will recognize Raymond Cruz (middle), who took part in Patrick Warburton's 2014 celebrity event. Courtesy of WarburtonGolf.com
Dan Boever
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Long drive champion and trick shot artist Dan Boever has fun with comedian Gary Valentine of "King of Queens" fame. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Eric Dickerson
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Eric Dickerson
NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson showed plenty of game at Patrick Warburton's celebrity golf tournament in the California desert. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Mariachi band
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A Mariachi band performs before the first round of the Patrick Warburton tourney at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
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On the red carpet during the gala of the Patrick Warburton Golf for Kids tournament -- the reason they all came. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor

Patrick Warburton and friends: Celebrity golf in the California desert to cure kids' cancer

PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Picking up where the old Bob Hope Classic left off, the 2014 Patrick Warburton Celebrity Golf for Kids Tournament drew more than 50 celebrities in early March to raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital.

The lineup includes celebrities from film, TV and sports. The golf was played at the Classic Club and the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa's Palms Course. The JW Marriott was also the host hotel for the weekend's festivities, which included a songwriters night, jam session, gala and auction.

In its fourth year, the event raised $881,000 for the St. Jude Children's Hospital, where no child is turned away, and no family pays for services.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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