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Celebrities golf for charity in Bristol

By Jordan Conigliaro, jconigliaro@wcyb.com
Published On: Jun 24 2013 10:29:49 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 24 2013 11:00:00 PM CDT

Emmitt Smith, Dan Marino and Darius Rucker were just some of the celebrities golfing Monday at the Virginian Golf Club. Together they raised over 700-thousand dollars for the Niswonger Children's Hospital, according to event officials.

BRISTOL, Va. -

Emmitt Smith, Dan Marino and Darius Rucker were just some of the celebrities golfing Monday at the Virginian Golf Club. Together they raised over 700-thousand dollars for the Niswonger Children's Hospital, according to event officials.

Eighteen celebrities teed it up with 72 amateurs to raise money for the Johnson City-based children's hospital.

"Golf is probably one of the most utilized fundraising sports in all of sports and has raised more money in golf outings than any other fundraising engine," Pro Football Hall Of Famer Emmitt Smith told News 5 WCYB.

The group included Emmitt Smith, Bruce Smith, Dan Marino, Jason Witten, Mike Smith, Bill Bates, Frank Beamer, Rick Carlisle, Dell Curry, Phil Fulmer, Condredge Holloway, Victor Jones, Larry Mize, Corey Pavin, Bruce Pearl, Tom Purtzer, Darius Rucker and Jim Stuckey.

The event also offered some athletes the chance to catch up with former competitors.

"I get a little nervous because Bruce Smith is behind me," Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino said of the hall of fame defensive end he used to play against.

"That's not a good feeling. I like to keep him in front of me. When he's behind me I start getting nervous."