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Former WVU kicker/punter Pat McAfee signs autogrpahs during Wednesday's Pro-Am. (PHOTO: Anjelica Trinone) Former WVU kicker/punter Pat McAfee signs autogrpahs during Wednesday's Pro-Am. (PHOTO: Anjelica Trinone)

It is a busy week in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. This time last year, the Old White TPC at the Greenbrier Resort was underwater, resulting in cancellation of the Greenbrier Classic. 

This week, fans had the chance to see up close the repairs, renovations, and hard work the surrounding community put in to help the Greenbrier get back on it's feet.

The Greenbrier has seen its fair share of rain this week, but a few showers didn’t the stop the spectators from returning. On Wednesday, crowds gathered around the course in rain gear and huddled under umbrellas to watch celebrities and the pros team up in the Pro-Am.

Mountaineer Nation was represented at this year’s event by a group of former WVU greats Don Nehlen, Pat McAfee, Marc Bulger and Jeff Hostetler.

“Sports fans in West Virginia love the Mountaineers, and we’re excited to bring these four legends together on the golf course to help celebrate one of the state’s biggest sporting events,” said Habibi Mamone, Executive Tournament Director in an official release. “We’re looking forward to seeing the fairways lined with gold and blue.”

And that they were. Everywhere you looked you saw ponchos with the flying WV, gold and blue umbrellas and chairs, and outfits that looked exactly like what you would see outside of Milan Puskar Stadium on a Saturday in the fall.

All the support didn’t go unnoticed by the former WVU football stars.

“This is a great experience and getting to see all the Mountaineer hats and shirts around makes it even more special,” Bulger said. “It never ceases to amaze us the warm reception we get when we come back to West Virginia.”

Bulger was the quarterback for the Mountaineers from 1996-1999. He was selected in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He spent nine seasons playing for the St. Louis Rams and is a two-time Pro Bowler.

He participated Golf Channel’s Big Break NFL Puerto Rico in 2013, and even though he is an avid golfer, he said having the opportunity to play alongside the pros was incredible.

“It’s great. These guys are amazing. I think it’s a lot like when people come out and watch a football game from the sideline, it’s a whole different game.”

Bulger was a part of Patton Kizzire’s team.

Kicker and punter for the Mountaineers from 2005-08 and former Indianapolis Colt, Pat McAfee, definitely provided the entertainment.

McAfee was a part of John Daly’s team. He sported American flag shorts, golfed barefoot, and brightened up the rainy afternoon. On the first couple holes, he hit a few houses, but his game did show improvement. In between holes, he got to spend time taking pictures and signing autographs for Mountaineer Nation.

A few “Let’s Go Mountaineers” chants also broke out as the fans were following the former players around the course.

As for the question of will the guys be back for next year’s Pro-Am, well, Bulger hopes the answer is yes.

“If they invite us we’re coming. Hopefully I am around for the next couple decades.”

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