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Bartkowski withdraws from ACC

Steve Yingling
Nevada Appeal News Service

And then there were seven.

Steve Bartkowski informed the American Century Championship on Tuesday that he won’t participate in the 54-hole tournament, trimming the number of players who have played in all 18 events to seven.

No reason was given for Bartkowski’s inability to play in the Friday through Sunday event at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

Bartkowski finished 28 points behind winner Jack Wagner last year.

Although he isn’t included on some entry lists, Dick Anderson is expected to play. Anderson, the 1994 winner, is one of the remaining seven stars who have played in each tournament. The shrinking list also includes Wagner, John Elway, Mike Eruzione, Neil Lomax, Jim McMahon and Maury Povich.

There were two additional withdrawals on Tuesday. Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt, who played in the first 14 championships, won’t participate. Hockey player Jeremy Roenick pulled out of the tournament because of a family matter.

BOLLER EYES TOP-20 FINISH

As the second-string quarterback in Baltimore, Cal alum Kyle Boller is hoping to get an opportunity to play in the final year of his contract.

The fifth-year player is backing up veteran Steve McNair. The Ravens’ QB depth chart also includes rookie Troy Smith (Ohio State) and second-year player Drew Olson (UCLA).

“It’s the last year of my contract, so hopefully I’ll get a chance to get in there and play a little bit. I’ll just be ready when my time comes,” Boller said.

“I’ll prepare just like I’m a starter. You never know. I got in there a few times last year and it went well.”

Boller is excited that the Ravens now possess one of the top running backs in the league in Willis McGahee.

“He’s really gonna help us out. He’s got breakaway speed and can catch the ball coming out of the backfield. I’m really looking forward to seeing him at training camp,” Boller said.

Boller finished 37th in last year’s event, but he has sets his sights on a much higher placing this year.

“I’ve been playing a lot better golf this year, so hopefully I’ll be able to compete. Top 20 would be awesome,” he said.