Professional football met professional golf on Wednesday afternoon at Virginia Mason Athletic Center, in an event that has become a summer tradition for Seahawks players during Boeing Classic week.
Offensive lineman Bradley Sowell, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, and kicker Steven Hauschka competed alongside Boeing Classic participants Billy Andrade and John Daly in a closest to the pin competition following Seattle's final workout before its preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.
From the VMAC practice field, each athlete took five shots at a floating tee on nearby Lake Washington. The two golf pros, Andrade and Daly, were at a disadvantage early, forced to use the longer clubs of their taller competition. As a result, it was Kearse and Sowell battling it out in the final round, with the self-taught Sowell ultimately taking home the title.
"Brad, he should be playing," said Daly. "I'll caddie for him on the tour. He said he's only been playing four years, that's amazing. He's just got the bug and for a big man with that type of swing, it's pretty awesome. He said he taught himself. That's pretty cool."
Sowell, who after signing in Seattle this offseason and hitting "every tree at Sahalee" became a member at Aldarra Golf Course in Sammamish, said his soft swing is "a little rare" for a 300-plus pound man.
"They say you either have it or you don't in golf," he said. "So it's all about feel and touch."
Added Daly: "It's unreal. You don't see that too much. I wish my swing was looking that good right now."
Seahawks players Bradley Sowell, Jermaine Kearse, and Steven Hauschka took part in a closest to the pin competition with golf pros Billy Andrade and John Daly following Wednesday's practice at Virginia Mason Athletic Center during Boeing Classic week.