Mariners Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament

A large group of Mariners, past and present, are golfing today to raise money for cystic fibrosis research.

Monday was an off day for the Mariners, but a large group of players and front office staff hit the links at The Golf Club at Newcastle in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Since 1986 the tournament has raised approximately $4.66 million for cystic fibrosis research.

Players that hit the links today included tournament co-chairs Dustin Ackley, Shawn Kelley and Justin Smoak, as well as Blake Beavan, Brendan Ryan, Charlie Furbush, Tom Wilhelmsen, Jason Vargas and Stephen Pryor. Members of the coaching staff (Mike Brumley, Jason Phillips, Scott Budner), Training Staff (Rick Griffin & Rob Nodine), Strength Staff (James Clifford), Baseball Operations (Jack Zduriencik, Jeff Kingston) and a group of former players, including Dave Valle, Dave Henderson, Bill Krueger and Bucky Jacobsen.

With great weather, a beautiful golf course and a great group of players, the day promises to be plenty of fun, with lots of money raised for a special cause.  The 18-hole tournament will be followed by a silent auction of sports memorabilia and other items and a dinner and live auction at the Clubhouse (starts at 4:30pm).

The Mariner Moose made an appearance in his best golf attire.

Blake Beavan lines up a putt before playing 18 holes today.

Tournament co-chair Shawn Kelley shows off his golf swing on the driving range.

Tournament co-chair Dustin Ackley talks to ROOT Sports prior to teeing off.

Switch-hitting first baseman Justin Smoak (a right-handed golfer) is described as the longest hitter off the tee. He provided an early-morning laugh as his driver snapped on the driving range.

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