TUNICA, Miss –
Actor Glynn Turman, best known for his role as Colonel Taylor on “A Different World” and Clarence Royce on HBO’s “The Wire” will attend the tournament for the first time.
Tournament Director Eddie Payton takes a personal interest in the Walter Payton Celebrity Scholarship Golf Classic. As Walter’s brother, he is determined to ensure Walter’s legacy lives through educational opportunities. “Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of young people who would not be able to fulfill their dream of a college education without financial support,” said Eddie Payton. “When Walter died in 1999 of liver disease at the young age of 45, the Payton Family established a foundation to ensure that Walter’s efforts to help others would continue.”
The first Walter Payton Celebrity Scholarship Golf Classic was held in August 2000. Since then more than $1 million has been raised and more than 30 students have received four-year scholarships to attend the college of their choice.
“All proceeds go to students in need,” said Director Payton. “We are dedicated to helping deserving students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue a college education. We encourage everyone to join us in our efforts, play a round of golf, and even try your luck at the casino. It really is for a great cause that will continue to keep Walter’s dream alive.”
Participants are invited to join the field of celebrity players Saturday, August 10 at Tunica National Golf Course for the Skins & Corporate Challenge at There will be a two man shot format with one celebrity and one player and a three man mini scramble with one celebrity and two players.
Walter Payton Celebrity Scholarship Golf Classic is open to the public and begins at Sunday, August 11. This event is free for spectators.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Eddie Payton at
Room rates during this special event begin at $69 per night. Visit GoldStrikeMississippi.com or call