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Celebrity Golf Tournament Fun and Philanthropic

By Bianca Rae, Reporter, brae@kesq.com
Published On: Mar 03 2012 07:08:35 AM CST
Updated On: Mar 04 2012 06:35:23 AM CST
PALM DESERT, Calif. -

Participants of the Second Annual Patrick Warburton Golf For Kids Celebrity Golf Tournament shared their golf anecdotes.

How to prep for a golf tournament: "You get permission, a get out of jail free card, from your wife, say goodbye to the kids," actor Chris McDonald said.

How to improve your short game: "I have a new putter here so I'm really happy about that and hopefully some of them will go in the hole," News Channel 3's John White said.

How to give some tough love to a golf pro: "Tiger, seriously, I love you man, but the new you is boring. You're walking around like a drone, you've got that sad smile like you still feel bad," comedian Greg Fitzsimmons said.

The Patrick Warburton Golf For Kids Celebrity Golf Tounament at the Classic Club in Palm Desert made a return to the desert.

"The whole reason we're out here is to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital," KISS lead guitarist Tommy Thayer said.

"When they say the families don't pay a cent when they go in with their kids, they mean that," actor Richard Karn said.

Last year's event raised more than $200,000 for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and this year organizers hope to pass that mark.

"My wife and I wanted to become part of some kind of fundraising effort. We thought, 'We have the ability to do that, we should do that.' The only prerequisite was that it had to be something with children," host and co-founder Patrick Warburton said. "Being that it costs $1.7 million a day to keep that hospital open, there needs to be a multitude of fundraising efforts all over."

"You get offered something like this and it's a no brainer. You want to raise money for St. Jude's? In. You want to play golf at a great place? In," comedian said.

"Give people in the valley a reason to give, and they will. It's a very giving community, there's something every weekend," chair and co-founder Clarke Rheney said.

Every celeb paired with four locals -- and ready or not, they hit the green.

"I play better when I don't practice. The more I play the worse I play, but it's all about one thing. Having fun and raising money," artist Scotty Medlocko said.

So, regardless if he hits par for the course -- it's still guaranteed to be a day well played.