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Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Classic

August 15, 2022 - 11:24pm


Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, formerly of the Buffalo Bills, along with his teammates, past NFL football players, and local attendees from all over Western New York, played in the 35th annual Jim Kelly Celebrity Classic fundraiser Monday morning at Terry Hills golf course in Batavia.

Kelly thanked many sponsors, including volunteers, and "Dennis, Trisha and Ashley," who has been a core trio that has organized the event for the past 25 years. In his kickoff speech, Kelly emphasized "No Mulligans and five total hits," the prizes are serious, and the fun is like "Caddyshack."

Kelly for Kids Foundation raises millions of dollars and gives back to local charities, he said. The "reunion" tournament that many from all over the country come back to annually is what fans, family and friends of #BillsMafia look forward to, support, and have a great time participating in, they say.

"The main reason we came to Terry Hills to start with, is that they have 27 holes. We would have 10 to 12 foursomes on a waiting list that we had to turn away on an 18-hole golf course," Kelly said.  "They have built this place into a gorgeous facility, and they take unbelievable great care of us."


Pete Metzelaars


Eric Wood


Former GM Bill Polian


Christopher McDonald "Shooter McGavin"


Bruce Smith and Darryl Talley


(left) John Randle


Joe DeLamielleure


Edward Rutkowski


Bruce Smith at Jim Kelly's press conference

August 27, 2021 - 11:40am


Willie "Hutch" Jones

On Monday, Terry Hills Golf Course hosted the annual Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Classic, a year after it had to be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.  

Jim Kelly was unable to attend this year due to an injury.

Photos by Jim Burns.


Kato Kaelin


Fred Smerlas


Ed Rutkowski



Roger Goodell


Darryl Talley and Bruce Smith


Eric Wood


Warren Sapp


Daniel Baldwin


Team Terry Hills


Chris Berman

June 4, 2019 - 9:14am
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Terry Hills hosted the 33rd Annual Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Classic.  

Featured in the video, QB Josh Allen, Jim Kelly, Chris Berman, Thruman Thomas, Eric Wood, and Commissioner Roger Goodell, who makes it clear, if Buffalo taxpayers want to keep the Bills, they're going to need to pony up for a new stadium.

June 4, 2018 - 3:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in terry hills, Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Classic, batavia, Sports, golf.


Today, Terry Hills hosted the annual Jim Kelly Golf Celebrity Classic, a fundraiser created by the Buffalo Bills great to help support several children's' charities in Western New York.

Above Dean Cain, who played for the Buffalo Bills for a short time before launching an acting career that has included a role as Superman, talks with his golf partners for the tournament.


Dean Cain on the tee.


Willie Hutch Jones with fans. Jones played for the San Diego Clippers in the early 80s. He's originally from Buffalo and for the past 30 years has been director of the Willie Hutch Jones Educational & Sports Programs in Buffalo. The program's mission: "... to provide every child, at no cost, equal opportunities to engage in the highest quality program and to offer character building activities through academics, sports, and the arts."


Thurman Thomas


Thurman Thomas with his golf partners.


Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, former Dallas Cowboys receiver, signs a Buffalo Bills cap for Luke Gutman.


LPGA professional golfer Cindy Miller.


Danielle Rotondo with actor Dennis Haskins.


Local golfers T.J. Woodward, Ray Tortorice, Tim Woodword, and Matt Meyer, with former Bills player Ed Rutkowski (center).


Danielle Rotondo with ESPN's broadcasting legend Chris Berman.


Chris Berman.


June 5, 2017 - 1:36pm


The Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Classic is underway at Terry Hills today after Kelly delivered welcoming remarks and shared the rules of the tournament.

The annual tournament benefits the Kelly for Kids Foundation, which provides grants to area nonprofits that assist children.








June 6, 2016 - 12:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Classic, terry hills, batavia, news.


The entire Buffalo Bills football team, along with numerous former and current players and celebrities along with well-heeled business people from throughout Western New York, are at Terry Hills today for the annual Jim Kelly Celebrity Classic.

Kelly, top center, was energetic throughout the morning, joking and posing for pictures and even making a last-minute decision to ride in Pete Zeliff's helicopter for the first-ever Rex Ryan golf ball drop, which carried a 50-50 prize of about $1,500.

The 30th annual event is a fundraiser for Kelly's charity, Kelly for Kids.


Kelly, Gary Pasco (friend of Zeliff's), Ryan and Zeliff prior to the golf ball drop.



After the drop, Kelly and Ryan joked and teased each other about the helicopter ride.




NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.



Prior to the start of the tournament, Bills players played miniature golf.


Chris Berman obliged two of the women with a drink cart by posing for a photo.

June 1, 2015 - 12:52pm


The annual Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Classic is underway at Terry Hills today. The entire Buffalo Bills team attended the morning's events, which included for the players a long-drive contest and a football throwing contest.

Above, head coach Rex Ryan wallops one during the long-drive contest.

Jim Kelly on the anniversary of the Bills' Super Bowl run and the prospect for the Rex Ryan era.

Jim Kelly on Rex Ryan.

Jim Kelly on tournament fun.

Jim Kelly on continuing the tournament.


Players react to a teammate's errant tee shot during the long-drive contest.


A player reacts to his own errant tee shot.


Players participate in the football throwing target contest.


Actor Dennis Haskins (TV show "Saved by the Bell") with Kathy Leffel. Leffel lives on Clinton Street Road and has for years on tournament day invited her friends over and served brownies from under a tent in her back yard to any celebrity golfers who stopped by. Most years, all the big stars do, such as Dan Marino and Jim Kelly himself. Leffel has sold the condo and will be moving, so this is probably the last year of the brownie party.


June 1, 2015 - 4:32am
Rex Ryan and company are headed to Batavia Monday. This time golfing will be part of the 2015 OTA spring training for the team, according to ESPN.  Ryan, who is in his first year as head coach of the Buffalo Bills, will alot the tournament as the fourth of ten team OTA's.  The tournament is set for this morning and will include Jim Kelly, former Bills Hall Of Fame quarterback, for the first time since 2013. He was unable to attend last year, due to cancer treatment.  The tournament, which is in its 29th year, features celebrities and athletes from all over. Past golfers have included former Dolphins Hall Of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, Former Buffalo Bills Andre Reed and Thurman Thomas, ESPN Broadcaster Chris "Boomer" Berman, actor Alec Baldwin, several other past and present Bills players and many others. The tournament raises money for Kelly's charity, Kelly For Kids, which serves disabled and disadvantaged youth in western New York.
June 2, 2014 - 9:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Sports, golf, terry hills, Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Classic.

Jim Kelly wasn't at Terry Hills today for the 28th annual charity tournament that carries his name because he's weakened by chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer.

At the start of the tournament his brother Dan had his head shaved both to honor his brother and to raise money for the Kelly for Kids Foundation. He challenged all of the golfers -- donors, athletes and celebrities to follow his example and over the course of the day, many of them did. (Cutting his hair, above, Michelle Napierala).

The Hall of Fame quarterback may not have been at his event this year, but he was there in spirit. Blue "Kelly Tough" T-shirts were everywhere and friends, such as ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman, spoke of Kelly's toughness and said that toughness is why he'll beat cancer and be back at Terry Hills next year to host his tournament. 

Former Bill and CBS Sports broadcaster Steve Tasker said much the same thing.

“We miss Jim being here,” he said, “but at the same token, it’s because of Jim’s presence and the quality of this event and what this event means – this is more than just a bunch of guys getting together for another event; this is like a reunion, not just a team reunion, but a family reunion for a lot of guys who’ve known each other for a couple of decades. The tournament’s been going on for 28 years and these guys are lifelong friends. The fact that Jim can’t be here today won’t change that.”

A fan gets her picture taken with the Bills 2014 #1 draft pick Sammy Watkins.

Former NBA star Gus Williams stops for a free brownie on the ninth hole, where a group of Batavia residents hang out every year to hand out treats to the stars and maybe get an autograph or picture.

Tasker talking with the media.

Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone with a group of Bills fans.

Berman talks with the media.

Actor Dan Baldwin, center, with his group on the first tee.

Tasker teeing off to start the tournament.

Mike Ziegler, a professional golfer and long-drive champion, would, for a donation, hit the drive for golfers on one of the back holes.

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