For most of the Washington Redskins and retired NFL players competing in the NFL Alumni Charity Golf Classic at Indian Spring Country Club yesterday, it was out of the pits and into the traps.
"I'm in the rough; I'm out of bounds," said Joe Jacoby. "I'm erratic."
"The best part of my game?" Redskins center Jeff Bostic asked rhetorically. "Driving . . . the cart."
Redskin Mark McGrath's fivesome -- Jon Luria of McLean, Frank Leone and Don Loun of Vienna, and Rick Showalter of Arlington -- won the scrambles tournament with net 56.05, and gross 56. Second place went to Redskin Russ Grimm, Jack Jones, John Wright, James Rector and D. Steven Howell, all of Arlington, net 56.4, gross 62.
Among the approximately 15 Redskins competing, free safety Greg Williams, with a 2 handicap, and punter Jeff Hayes, with a 7 handicap, had the most individual success.
Even with former greats like Pittsburgh Steeler Ray Mansfield and Philadelphia Eagle Pete Pihos around, George Rogers might have been the main attraction . . . in spite of his golf.
"I haven't met him yet," said Jacoby. "How's Rogers doing? I've seen what he's done for the Saints and in college. It's great for our offense. He's a one-back just like (John) Riggins. I can't wait to block for him. I'm excited."
The former New Orleans Saint and Heisman Trophy winner from South Carolina had his difficulties on the golf course. After five holes, Rogers had lost three balls. "I got six or seven more to go," he said. After hooking his tee shot on the 17th, he complained: "Mine goes to the left every time."
He saved par for his fivesome when he made putts on the 12th and 14th greens. On the 16th, with his ball between two traps, Rogers chipped to the green, setting up his putt for par.
Hitting left-handed, Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs popped his tee shot on the 12th hole into the woods, 100 feet to the left. From 170 yards out he sliced it into the rough. "This is frustrating," Gibbs said. "You can try harder here and do worse. Most sports when you try harder you do better."
"Quarterbacks are the only ones who can play golf," said Hall of Famer Sam Huff, a former Redskins linebacker. "You're not going to see linemen play good golf. They spend too much time in a three-point stance."
"It's a good thing we play a scrambles," said Pihos, who earned all-pro honors offensively and defensively. "I'm not a golfer. We don't hit woods very well, but we have a good time.