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By Mark Wright

Young Teams With Rice Again -- and Two Mormon Golfers

Young Teams With Rice Again -- and Two Mormon Golfers

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA -- Although they didn't set any records, and even though they were on opposing teams, it was good to see Steve Young and Jerry Rice playing together once again. Former SF 49ers teammates Young and Rice both appeared last week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Golf Tournament held at Spyglass.

While Young and Rice have occasionally played golf with one another, they've never before participated together in an event like this. Of the two, Rice is reportedly the better golfer, carrying a 7-handicap, while Young is listed with a 15-handicap. On this day, however, neither one established themselves as credible threats to Tiger Woods. Rice did have a few good shots, including a long distance 50-foot putt that dropped neatly into the cup. Even though Young struggled at times and commented that he was "all over the place," he was relaxed, friendly, and obviously enjoying himself. While no one was keeping score, it was clear that Young and Rice signed more autographs than they sank putts and made more friends than birdies.

Watching Steve Young on the course, it's also obvious that golf takes a back seat to being a husband and a dad. Since his temple wedding and the birth of his first child last year, Young has been very involved with his family and fatherhood. Not only was this the first time that Young had been golfing in several months, when his wife Barbara and son Braeden arrived on the 8th green Young called a "time-out" to greet them. Then, on the 9th tee, Young got Rice into the act when both of them spent a few minutes in the gallery admiring young Braeden. After visiting with Young's family, Young and Rice spent some quality time on the links discussing fatherhood. Apparently, Young was looking for some pointers on fighting off the fatigue that comes with late-night feedings and around-the-clock cuddling.

Another indication of Young's devotion to his family appeared at the end of the day's golfing. While Rice headed out to hit a few balls at the driving range, Young apparently had a different agenda. Young asked, "Where's my wife?" as soon as he putted out on the final green. Then he turned to some reporters and members of the galley and promised to play better the next day.

As an interesting side note, Jerry Rice was the only non-Mormon of the foursome and the only athlete in the group not to play collegiate sports at Brigham Young University. The other three golfers in Rice's foursome were all LDS athletes of some renown. Young, a star quarterback at BYU, and Rice were teamed with two well-known Mormon golfers, PGA touring pro Mike Reid and Andy Miller, son of golfing superstar Johnny Miller. Pro golfer Mike Reid played college golf at BYU and, along with Johnny Miller, is one of the most famous golfers to graduate from BYU. During his long and successful career on the PGA Tour, Reid won the World Series of Golf, finished second at the PGA, and finished third in the Masters. A Collegiate All-American,Andy Miller also played for the BYU golf team along with his two brothers Todd and Scott. Recently graduated from BYU, Andy hopes to follow in his father's footsteps and make a name for himself on the PGA tour.


For Young and Rice, AT&T nothing like their glory days
San Francisco Chronicle 2Feb01 S2
By Gwen Knapp


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