Golf Gala

By Mark Clements | LSU Student

BROUSSARD, La. - It may be the heart of the NFL offseason, but the New Orleans Saints are still hard work, this time making an impact off the gridiron.

Several Saints players joined former Cincinnati Bengal safety and current NFL free agent Ky Hebert in his efforts to support the youth of Acadiana in his third annual Ky Cares Foundation Gala and Silent Auction over the weekend.

The Foundation works with youth in several regions through football, cheer and dance camps, athletic scholarships, as well as motivational speeches in churches and schools.

The 2012 Golf Classic, held at LeTriomphe Golf and Country Club in Broussard, saw with Saints defensive end Cam Jordan, safeties Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins, wideouts Lance Moore and Devery Henderson, running back Chris Ivory, wide receiver and former Saints Darren Sharper, Michael Lewis and Leigh Torrence show up.

Each player was matched up with three area goflers to make four-man teams, which most likely helped out the pros more than the joes.

"I hit 'em pretty straight," said Harper, half-jokingly. "It was not a bad day for me, but somehow or another we did not even come close to winning."

But he wasn't the only Saints standout who ought to keep his talents on the football field.

"I was hacking away," Jordan said. "I can drive at least 300 off the tee. Now, it may be a par that's 175 down the way, so I'm going a little bit over and beyond, but that's how I treat my life. I go over … and beyond."

Jordan glared into the camera, hoping to mask his golf skill level with a seductive smile, before snatching the microphone and turning the interview around reporter, dubbing her as his date for the evening.

The nonchalant, fun demeanor was the tone of the weekend of events that included the golf outing, a red carpet gala, and celebrity basketball tournament.

Harper dubbed long snapper Justin Drescher, offensive lineman Zach Streif and quarterback Drew Brees as the best golfers on the team, but wouldn't rat out scores of the cellar dwellers.

"Who's the worst? I'm not going to say it. I'm not going to do him like that."

Sharper and his team won the golf tournament, while former all-star NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens stole the MVP of the basketball tournament from charity host, Hebert.