IRVING -- The Dallas Mavericks held the 'Mavs Masters' golf event on Thursday afternoon at Hackberry Creek Country Club in Las Colinas. This annual event has taken place every year since the organization began operations in 1980 as a way to allow their corporate sponsors to hang out with the players and coaches in a relaxed setting.
The lighthearted action got underway shortly after noon as the golf parts pulled away from the clubhouse in multiple directions for the shotgun start. For those not schooled in corporate/charity golf events, a shotgun start has groups teeing off on every hole at the same time and ideally ending around the same time rather than simple tee times with everyone starting on No. 1 and finishing on No. 18.
On an picturesque 80-degree October afternoon, the highlight of the round for those out on the golf course actually occurred on the first tee box as they were all greeted by Mavs President of Basketball Operations, Donnie Nelson and Dallas Mavericks Dancers Meghan, Ashley, Bonnie and Lauren for a meet/greet and photo opportunity.
Speaking of the course, it is a 7,013 yard track designed by the legendary Byron Nelson, the same man whose namesake is on the PGA TOUR event held about five minutes south on MacArthur at Four Seasons Resort and Club. That is where the similarities for these two events basically ends as golf balls were flying in every possible direction and by 'flying,' I mean barely getting off the ground in many instances. The best shot I saw on my venture around the course was on No. 18 by DeJuan Blair, who crushed a drive over the tress on the right to land perfectly in the center of the fairway. His playing partners all cheered and congratulated the newly acquired Mavs big man, so it's entirely possible that it was the best shot they witnessed of the day, too.
The Mavs open the regular season at home against the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. For further information and to purchase tickets, visit mavs.com.
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