The Ohio native's 10-foot-putt on the 18th green netted her team the win.
By PETE MOLLICA
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
VIENNA -- Tammie Green, the Ohio native and two-time champion of the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic, sank a 10-foot-putt on the 18th green to give her team the victory in the Butler Wick Corporation Celebrity Shootout Tuesday at Squaw Creek Country Club.
Green, who teamed with fellow professional Donna Andrews and celebrity Dave Sess of WKBN Channel 27, made the birdie putt to eliminate the runner-up team of professionals Danielle Ammaccapane and Jackie Gallagher-Smith, and celebrity LPGA Commissioner Ty Votaw.
The runner-up team all missed a putt even shorter than Green's winner.
The winning professionals received $2,000 each while the runner-up pros got $1,000 each.
First year: This was the first year for the Celebrity Shootout at the Giant Eagle Classic. Formerly, the Shootout was for professionals only in two-player teams. The scramble format remained the same.
This year, five three-player teams started the event with one team being eliminated on each hole.
"It's a fun day and that's just the way we look at it," said Green, a Somerset native and resident. "We all contributed, it was a team effort and it was a lot of fun."
Andrews echoed the comments.
"We come out here for a real good time and to give the fans something to watch," Andrews said. "We were real loose out there today, a lot of joking and things go on between the players and it's all in fun."
Angelo Spagnola, who was declared "America's Worst Golfer" back in 1985, also was a participant. His team, which included former Giant Eagle two-time champion Michelle McGann and Sherry Turner, finished third.
The first team eliminated in the competition was the team that had LPGA standouts Dorothy Delasin, the Giant Eagle defending champion, and Wendy Ward, and Bob Hannon of WYTV Channel 33.
The second team out was the team that had LPGA stars Dina Ammaccapane and Sherri Steinhauer, and Bob Black of WFMJ Channel 21.
Chip-off: The first hole was decided by a chip-off when three teams tied with a par. The team of Delasin, Ward and Hannon went out when their best chip landed five feet from the pin, while the other two were inside that shot.
The second hole was also decided by a chip-off, again between three teams after the team of Gallagher-Smith, Ammaccapane and Votaw made birdie when Gallagher-Smith drained a 15-footer.
The team of Dina Ammaccapane, Steinhauer and Black was eliminated in the chip-off, getting only to within 10 feet of the hole.
The third hole was set up by some great approach shots by Green and Danielle Ammaccapane, who put the ball four feet and three feet, respectively, from the hole.
Sess and Votaw drained those putts while the team of McGann, Turner and Spagnola missed birdie putts from 12 feet and were eliminated.
On the final hole, Andrews hit the key drive, Green followed with an approach shot to within 10 feet, while Gallagher-Smith dropped her approach shot inside that at about eight feet.
After Sess missed the first putt attempt, Green stepped up and rammed it right in the middle. All three of their opponents then missed.