MADISON, Wisconsin — This weekend the PGA Champions tour is taking over Univeristy Ridge golf course in Madison, but on Saturday afternoon the spotlight belonged to Brett Favre, Andy North, Steve Stricker and Mark Tauscher. The four teamed up for charity, raising money for the American Family Children’s Hospital and the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation.
Favre, who says he doesn’t play much golf these days, participated in the nine-hole celebrity scramble. The Packers legend and Steve Stricker played on one team, North and Tauscher on the other. Tauscher and North won — North called it “the Washington Generals beating the Globetrotters.”
After the event, Favre had this to say:
On the charity event: “It was awesome, it really was. Steve and Andy, you’re not going to find two nicer guys. And what we were here for is extremely important. Look at this crowd. Amazing crowd. I’m not surprised a bit.
We want to come back next year. It was competitive, in a funny way. But it was a lot of fun. Hopefully, next year we can do 18 holes.”
Playing golf vs. football in front of people: “Different. As I told Andy and Steve, I would much rather tee off with my helmet on and 70,000 people . Golfers like it quiet. Football players like it a little more rambunctious. I don’t like the silence.”
On getting ready for his Hall of Fame induction: “At some point I have to start preparing a speech, which I’m not good at doing. To be honest with you, it’s closing fast. It seems like just yesterday I was preparing for (his return to) Green Bay. It will be here quick. And I’ll be honest with you: after that I’ll be looking forward to the Wisconsin-LSU game (at Lambeau Field).”
Will he attend the Sept. 3 game? “I’d like to be there. It all depends on my daughter’s volleyball schedule. She’ll be starting her senior year. But I’d love to be there. Who wouldn’t want to watch that game?”
On Stricker dropping a pass Favre threw him on the 17th hole: “Perfect pass. He’s got a really smooth golf swing. His route-running is a little questionable. I didn’t want him to pull a hamstring and miss the rest of his tournaments this year. That would have been terrible.”