ESPN host returns to Southern Tier for pro-am

By Travis Eldridge

August 14, 2013 Updated Aug 14, 2013 at 11:19 PM EST

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Tony Kornheiser is well-known as a host for ESPN's show Pardon the Interruption, and for serving a couple years as an analyst for Monday Night Football. However, he got his start in Binghamton.

Kornheiser, who graduated from Harpur College (now Binghamton University), was back in the Southern Tier to play in the Dick's Sporting Goods Open Pro-Am on Wednesday.

He played in a group that included BU president Harvey Stenger and Champions Tour pro Dan Forsman at En-Joie Golf Club. For Kornheiser, he feels grateful to be able to help spread the name of his alma mater.

"It's very thrilling for me to feel that I have some ability to help the school in whatever ways I can," said Kornheiser. "If being a public figure and being on a television show like PTI brings people to the front door of the school, I'm so glad to do that."

Kornheiser excited about Dempsey at BU

Kornheiser also had the chance to play golf with Bearcats basketball coach Tommy Dempsey last summer. After watching the team in Dempsey's first full season at the helm, the PTI host is expecting big things.

"I think his approach to Binghamton basketball is fabulous. You know, build a tradition, start at the ground floor, don't try to get up 15 floors at a time, go one step at a time," said Kornheiser. "I think he's a very convincing recruiter and coach and I think he's going to do great here."

Playing golf with Kornheiser puts both Dempsey and Stenger in some pretty good company. The ESPN personality had the chance to play with President Barack Obama recently. He refused to disclose whether Stenger or Obama was the better golfer.