Rain and a lightning warning that sent players and fans scurrying for cover during Friday’s Pro-Am portion of the weekend’s Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club in Glenview. But it didn’t stop former and current members of the Bears organization to visit with fans.
Bears coach Marc Trestman graciously signed for every autograph request, including one with a touch of personal history.
As Trestman signed a hat brim for a fan, the gentleman remarked, “My Dad played against you in high school!”
Trestman laughed and spent a few minutes talking Minnesota high school football.
Robbie Gould was part of one of the elite pro-am-celebrity foursomes. Gould, a 2-handicapper, was paired with pros D.A. Weibring and Duffy Waldorf in a group that was blistering the North Shore C.C. course. But while you can take the boy out of football, you can’t take the football out of the boy.
Gould’s drive on the 10th hole went into the right rough. For most golfers, that was a slight push, possibly a fade. But for the Bears kicker, “That’s a little wide-right, guys,” Gould announced.
Brian Urlacher said that his personal record for holes played in one day is 63, “and we could have played more, I got tired,” Urlacher said.
Urlacher won’t be moving on to a try at the pro tour for golfers, but “he’s got a chance,” said veteran pro Jeff Sluman. “If he keeps playing, which I believe he will because he loves the game, he’ll be a mid- to low-70s shooter.”
Marc Trestman may have been the only celebrity amateur with a vice president as his caddy. Bears Communications VP Scott Hagel was on Trestman’s bag as he worked to navigate a game with different demands and pressures.
What’s harder for Trestman: A third-and-one decision? Or a three-foot putt in front of a crowd?
“This is the most difficult position to be put in, to be put with two great golfers in John Huston and Larry Mize,” Trestman said. “But it’s great to be out here. It’s an off-time for the coaches but it’s an opportunity to participate in something that benefits Bears Care [charity], and Encompass helps in that area.
“I appreciate the patience the pros had out there with me…. I probably haven’t played 10 times in 10 years,” Trestman said. “But to come out here and play with someone like Larry Mize, it’s got to be on your bucket list…. “Larry couldn’t have been more of a gentleman, giving me some help while managing his own game.”