CADDYSHACK LIVE? Lots of laughs at the David Feherty Classic

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You’ve never seen former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson like this before.

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He was there at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club in Gatineau on Monday afternoon, wearing a jock on the outside of his pants, a pair of clown-sized blue plastic goggles over his eyes and a Pabst baseball cap Blue Ribbon flipped on top of her head.

Ten feet away, crafty shooting artist Dan Boever was lined up in front of him, taking chip shots.

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Welcome to Caddyshack Live or Happy Gilmore Revisted, better known as the David Feherty Classic, where comedy and brilliant golf shots were the order of the day.

After Boever’s opening act – including hitting perfect drives from set-up tees everywhere from his toes to his eyes – Alfredsson was joined by former NFL stars Ben Roethlisberger and Emmitt Smith, as well as pro of the Pat Perez PGA Tour for a nine-hole Skins game.

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Throughout, Boever and Feherty, the former touring pro turned golf commentator turned comedian/social commentator, provided a steady stream of laughs.

It was all for a good cause, with $25,000 going to both Ronald McDonald House and Alfredsson’s charity of choice, the Royal Ottawa Hospital.

Daniel Alfredsson joined PGA player Pat Perez, NFL alumni Emmitt Smith and Ben Roethlisberger for the David Feherty Golf and Comedy Classic at the Royal Ottawa Golf Course in Gatineau.
Daniel Alfredsson joined PGA player Pat Perez, NFL alumni Emmitt Smith and Ben Roethlisberger for the David Feherty Golf and Comedy Classic at the Royal Ottawa Golf Course in Gatineau. Photo by Ken Warren /POSTMEDIA

It was as light as golf can get, with the athletes playing alone as the light rain turned to sunshine as play wrapped up in the evening for a crowd of around 1,000.

A small sample of the Feherty shtick on the course:

– Speaking to Perez on the third tee: “Did someone break into your car and leave you those shoes?”

— After Perez put his beer can on the green before lining up a putt, Feherty joked, “It’s perfectly legal to mark your ball with a beer can. Everything is fine these days.

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— During play, an errant shot from Smith hit a volunteer in the arm. She was fine and Feherty followed in fine form. “Once at a Pro-Am in Europe, I hit nine people in eight holes.”

Of course, many of the Feherty jokes aren’t appropriate for printing in a family newspaper, but most drew wholesome laughs from Monday’s audience.

The evening ended with a Q&A with the quartet and a Feherty comedy routine.

When asked about his favorite female golfers of all time, he spoke about the state of the world.

“I love the characters, but it’s getting harder and harder to be a character without your ass getting cancelled.”

As for the golf show, it was indeed Perez against the field. Perez, who earned $30 million on the tour and will compete in the Canadian Open this week, has crafted a four under, showing brilliance in all areas of the game, from bombing shots to perfect iron shots in going through the clutch putts.

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Its competitors also had their moments. When Alfredsson sank a chip shot, the crowd burst into a spontaneous chant of “Alfie, Alfie.” A fan followed that up with a “Go Sens Go” chant. For those wondering, Alfredsson once again addressed the possibility of possibly returning to a managerial position during the Q&A.

“I would be interested in joining under the right circumstances,” he said. “They have a young core, with a lot of potential. I hope we see a lot of good hockey in the years to come. »

The crowd also came out for Roethlisberger and Smith, with Steelers jerseys and baseball caps on display.

“I’m crying my eyes out seeing Roethlisberger,” said Doug Van Dusen, proudly dressed in his Steelers gear.

For Van Dusen, battling esophageal cancer and heading into a second round of chemotherapy, the fun vibe was welcome. He was accompanied by his nephew Jamie Van Dusen and his good friend Brian Samuel, also die-hard Steelers. They came with helmets and Steelers cheer towels.

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Roethlisberger also took notice of Steelers fans, telling them to move just in case he might hit them with a stray drive.

“Hey, you Steelers guys, I don’t wanna punch you,” he said.

Spotting a fan wearing a Baltimore Ravens jersey, Roethlisberger quipped, “Yeah, Ravens, you can stay over there… actually, we beat you enough.”

It effectively summed up the mood of the day, all the jokes and the golf put together for the larger purpose of raising money for charity.

For those keeping score, Perez won the Skins Game, punctuating his spirited performance with a brilliant birdie on the final hole.

The jokes continued into the night as Feherty took over the stage with his unique brogue and brand of humor.

On the way out, a few fans may have been tempted to buy a talking Feherty headgear.

The lines that accompany the puppet included some classics.
– “I have a driver in the ass and I smile.”
“If that ball were wrapped in bacon, even Lassie couldn’t find it.”
“Is that the swing you’re going to use?” »

Ultimately, if you can’t laugh at yourself and others on the golf course, this show probably isn’t for you.

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