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Jordan’s golf tourney to be open to public

Michael Jordan’s private golf tournament is going public.

The basketball Hall of Famer’s annual Celebrity Invitational, which raises money for national and local charities, will be played at Shadow Creek from March 31 to April 3.

It will be the first time that Shadow Creek has allowed the public access on its ultraprivate grounds and the first time that fans have been able to attend Jordan’s tournament.

“I’m truly excited about bringing my tournament to Las Vegas,” Jordan said in a statement released Wednesday by his publicist. “Shadow Creek is one of my favorite courses. I love seeing old friends, playing golf and having fun, but the most gratifying aspect of hosting the event is what we’ve been able to give back.”

The event, which began in 2001, has raised more than $5 million for charity and attracted sports stars such as Wayne Gretzky, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley and Mario Lemieux and notable entertainers Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and Don Cheadle.

This year’s charities include the Nevada Cancer Institute, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Cats Care and the James R. Jordan Foundation.

An MGM spokesman said Wednesday that this year’s celebrity lineup is being assembled.

Tickets, priced at $25 for the first two days and $50 for the weekend, are on sale at Aria and arialasvegas.com.

Contact reporter Steve Carp at scarp@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2913.

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