Eli Manning may know how to throw a pass, but does he know how to sink a putt? How about while blindfolded? Surprisingly, the answer is yes.
The Quarterback from the New York Giants and host of the 34th Annual Guiding Eyes Golf Classic held at the Mount Kisco Country Club, put on a blindfold Sunday and experienced firsthand what it is like to golf without being able to see.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a nonprofit organization that trains guide dogs to help blind and visually impaired individuals gain more independence and opportunities. There annual golf tournament helps to raise funds to support the cause.
Manning’s first attempt at putting blindfolded came up just short of the hole, but determined, he tried once more, sinking the putt.
So what’s harder, football or golfing without being able to see?
“They both have their own challenges,” Manning said. “I think for a ten foot putt it’s not too difficult but to play a full round would be a long day and very frustrating. I’m just happy to be here and support the cause.”
Manning became involved with the Guiding Eyes Golf Classic through a family friend, Patrick Browne Jr., who happens to be the current tournament champion.
Browne Jr. taught his son, Patrick III, and Manning how to golf when they were younger, although he recalls Manning to be a little less dedicated to the sport back then.
“They played the first two holes at our home course and the third tee is about 60 feet from the second green. They couldn’t find the third tee so they came in,” Browne Jr. joked about Manning and his son’s golf outings when they were younger.
In this year’s tournament, 288 golfers participated, raising around $600,000 for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.