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Golfing With The Cardinals

Posted May 3, 2010

Team holds annual charity event

Tight end Stephen Spach admires a drive during Monday's tournament. For a video of the event, click here.
 
 
In hindsight, Jay Feely kind of wishes he would have added golf to his contract negotiations.

The kicker, who signed as a free agent, knows coach Ken Whisenhunt grew up in Augusta, Ga., and has played multiple times at the famed Augusta National Golf Club. That would have been a nice perk, Feely figures.

In the meantime, “I’ve got to get coach Whisenhunt on the course,” Feely said.

Technically, Feely and Whisenhunt were on the course Monday, out at Whirlwind Golf Resort for the Cardinals Charities’ annual tournament. The biggest fund raiser for the organization’s charitable arm, players, coaches and staff join sponsors and others for a day of competition.

“The last three years we’ve gotten more and more of the current players that participate,” said Bill Lewis, the Cardinals’ manager of alumni relations and organizer of the tourney. “There are still a large amount of them that don’t play golf, but they are enjoying the day. They come out and shake a few hands, kiss a few babies with the corporate partners, that part is fantastic. Logistically, it’s a little challenge, but once they are on the golf course, let the fun begin.”

It doesn’t take much for many of the players to have fun on the course. Darnell Dockett doesn’t play, but he gave the practice green a little work with his putting (with help from Joey Porter) before riding around on a cart during the tourney, ostensibly to check out his teammates that do play.

Feely, punter Ben Graham, long snapper Mike Leach and quarterback Derek Anderson are among the regulars with the game.

And, of course, Whisenhunt.

“With the success we have had the last couple of years, the opportunities to play are good,” Whisenhunt said. “But there also seem to be more things coming up now. It’s limited my (tee) times, but that’s OK. I hope that continues because going to the playoffs every year is a lot of fun.”

Feely wants to play his coach. So too does Leach, although he said “I have to get my game right first.”

Both insisted they’d be going for a victory against their boss.

“I don’t think he’d respect you if you gave it away on purpose,” Leach said.

Safety Kerry Rhodes said he’d want to take on Whisenhunt if the coach challenged him, just because he is a competitive sort. Short of those fighting words, though, Rhodes wasn’t sure he was up to it.

Monday’s event was more Rhodes’ speed – golf for fun.

“It’s always great to be around your teammates,” Rhodes said. “It’s also great to meet the people that support the organization.”
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