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Eli Manning Visits Mount Kisco Country Club For Guiding Eyes Fund-Raiser

Eli Manning poses for photos with Jansen, a male yellow Labrador who is a guide dog in training. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Eli Manning with Thomas Panek, president and CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
Eli Manning gets involved with putting while wearing a blindfold. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning visited the Mount Kisco Country Club on Monday in connection with Guiding Eyes for the Blind's Annual Golf Classic.

Manning, who has been involved with the Yorktown Heights-based group for several years, first got involved through blind golfer Patrick Browne, Jr., whose son knew Manning growing up.

The tournament is now in its 37th year. The country club also hosted the Corcoran Cup, according to Thomas Panek,  Guiding Eyes chief executive officer. That tournament, held Sunday, has been described as the blind golfers' equivalent of the Masters.

Talking with several reporters at a press conference, Manning addressed his participation, saying it's “great to be back" and noted it's something he looks forward to every year. He also noted the the work that Guiding Eyes does, which includes support for children with autism and helping families.

Manning also took questions from the press about the Giants' off-season practices, addressing issues ranging from trying to eliminate bad plays to a new offense. He also discussed the condition of his ankle, which he had surgically repaired in the off-season.

“Ankle feels great,” he said.

The quarterback was also asked questions about the New York Rangers' appearance in the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup Finals. Manning, who is hoping that the Rangers can turn it around, watched Game 2 on Saturday, which ended with the team losing in double overtime to the Los Angeles Kings.

Joined by reporters, Manning then followed his press conference with two blindfolded putting attempts on a nearby green.

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