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The links have been just another way the newest Cardinals have gelled with their returning teammates and meeting each other.
“Golf is the perfect sport for it because none of us are professionals at it so we can just go out here and be ourselves have fun with it,” Powers said.
Golf again helped the Cardinals mesh Monday at the Cardinals Charities Celebrity Golf Classic at the Whirlwind Golf Club. More than 140 golfers played in the 18-hole scramble on the Cattail and Devil’s Claw courses. Each foursome was paired with a player or coach. Best ball won.
Leach has been one of the team’s most avid golfers, so Monday was a chance to interact with sponsors and talk a little smack with his teammates.
He was among the welcoming party that greeted Palmer with a golf outing the week after the quarterback was traded from the Oakland Raiders.
“You get to know a lot about a person by how they play golf -- How they handle adversity, how much pressure they put on themselves when things are on the line and how they respond,” Leach said. “He’s been great. He seems like a good guy, laid back and he’s competitive.”
The event was a chance for new Cardinals with the golf itch to see a new course.
Powers started playing after he was drafted in 2009 and quickly got hooked. He knew moving to Arizona would mean plenty of good courses and teammates who played a lot. And he wasn’t disappointed.
Monday also gave a chance for veteran newbies to swing some clubs.
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“I think I would be pretty good if I had my own clubs but since I’m playing with short man’s clubs it’s not very fun -- I mean, it’s fun, but I’m not very good,” he said with a laugh.
There’s a group of Cardinals who play often, and then there’s a group who doesn’t, and Monday was one of a handful of times – if that – they hit the links every year.
“Fortunately or unfortunately, when you have four children under the age of 7 rarely do I get time to go out and relax and hit the golf course,” Keim said. “But it’s always a fun event.”