It isn't too often that professional football players are humbled, but for many in the Patriots organization that was the case Monday afternoon at the sixth annual New England Patriots Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament at the Belmont Country Club. While guys like Troy Brown, Tom Brady and Damien Woody make a living through one of the most physical and demanding games out there, golf is the type of game that can bring even these elite athletes down a notch.
"This is not football," Brown said before teeing off in the shotgun format event. "One of the hardest things I've ever done is hit a golf ball straight."
Brown joked that his best score over the years at the Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament is about a 150, although he added with confidence that, "I get better every year, I can say that."
Fellow Pro Bowler Woody seemed like he was more interested in having fun with the golf carts than actually playing golf. When asked what kind of golfer he was Woody responded with an honest, one-word answer.
"None," Woody said with a smile. "I just thought I'd ride the golf carts and watch everybody swing. I am about trying to jump [the golf cart] over one of those hills out there."
But as much as the players like to have a good time at the tournament, the charitable goals of the day aren't lost in the fun.
"This is a big deal for the team and the Kraft family," Woody said. "All the players want to support this foundation. It is a great foundation to be a part of."
Today's tournament, which was presented by Lighthouse Computer Services, Inc., along with the annual Patriots Kickoff Gala that is held just before each season, are the two main fundraising events for the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. This year's golf tournament is expected to raise over $250,000 that will benefit non-profit charities throughout New England.
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the vehicle through which Patriots organization donates to philanthropic organizations throughout the region. Through various extensions such as direct financial contributions, merchandise donations, as well as donations of raffle and auction prizes, the Foundation has helped to support thousands of non-profit organizations and causes.
The Foundation's mission is to "assist a variety of programs that foster cultural diversity, education, family and health. The Foundation uses its resources to serve the youth of New England, by encouraging their growth, creativity, development of character and education and to help provide a better quality way of life to the communities the Foundation serves."
Along with all the current players in attendance, Patriots alumni such as Andre Tippett, Steve Nelson and Gino Cappelletti were at the Belmont Country Club Monday. … For those looking for a boost in the Patriots rushing attack in 2003, the running backs seem to have successfully melded together, at least off the field. Starting tailback Antowain Smith and fullback Fred McCrary arrived at the tournament together, along with backups J.R. Redmond and Patrick Pass. … Click here to listen to some of the participants in today's special tournament edition of PFW in Progress right here on Patriots.com featuring interviews with Woody, Brown, Adam Vinatieri and others