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Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a global leader in elite guide dog training based in Yorktown Heights and Patterson, held its 35th annual Golf Classic on June 22. New York Giants quarterback and Super Bowl XLVI champion Eli Manning
returned for his sixth consecutive year as host, during which he chatted with more than 288 golfers over the course of the two-day event held at Mount Kisco Country Club in Mount Kisco and the Fairview Country Club in Greenwich, CT.
Founded in 1977 with the help of PGA legend Ken Venturi, the Golf Classic has become the largest annual fundraiser for Guiding Eyes and is considered the “Masters” of blind golf. Each year, more than a dozen of the top blind golfers in the U.S. compete for the coveted Corcoran Cup. Last year’s winner, Patrick Browne Jr. of New Orleans, took home the title for the 24th time, while David Meador of Nashville received the second-place Cribari Trophy.
Eli Manning learned of Guiding Eyes’ Golf Classic through Browne, a longtime family friend. When Manning was a young boy, Browne taught both Manning and his own son, Patrick Browne III, the game of golf. Having previously been instructed in the nuances of blind golf, Manning lived up to his MVP status at the tournament by covering his eyes with a blindfold and sinking a 10-foot putt.
"Getting to be here each year and meeting firsthand the people whose lives are changed through Guiding Eyes and its dogs is incredibly rewarding,” Manning says. “It’s amazing how much more people can accomplish because of these dogs. It’s an honor to be part of this.”
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