Nick Barnett and his teammates discussed yards this past Tuesday, but not the kind found on a football field.
Distance to the green was the topic of conversation as the Packers traded their football cleats for golf cleats at the seventh annual Green Bay Packers Golf Invitational, held this year at Blackwolf Run's Meadow Valleys Course in Kohler, Wis.
Barnett and a host of other players, including Ahman Green, Mark Tauscher, Aaron Rodgers, Chad Clifton, Nick Collins and Koren Robinson, joined a number of foursomes for the 18-hole scramble event. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the foundations of Barnett, Green and Tauscher
For Barnett, the day was a welcome chance to get out on a championship golf course and take a short break from football.
"I'm not a great golfer, that's for sure, but it's been fun to get out with a great group of guys," he said, with a smile. "I'm not helping our team too much, but we're having a good time. It's nice to take a short break from football, too. And to help raise money for some good causes is great way to spend the day."
After 18 holes, the groups enjoyed dinner and refreshments in the course's clubhouse and also enjoyed a silent auction and raffle prizes highlighted by many great offerings.
Groups or individuals interested in participating in next fall's event are encouraged to call Dave Westphal of the Packers' marketing department at 920/569-7500.