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Ex-Seahawks chip in for charity in Kennewick

KENNEWICK -- Five former Seattle Seahawks made the trek from the west side Wednesday to participate in the 21st annual Children's Developmental Center Golf Tournament at Canyon Lakes, teeing off as a team against local businessmen and avid golfers looking for a reason to donate money to charity.

"I always look forward to coming over here," said former safety Nesby Glasgow, who played five seasons with Seattle from 1988-92. "For me, anything to do with kids in terms of making a difference, I'm for. You don't have to ask me twice. If I can find a way to get here, I'll get here."

Glasgow was joined at the event by Paul Johns, Alonzo Mitz, Ron Testerman and Eric Stokes.

The tournament had teams tee off at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. The best-ball scrambler format gave teammates an opportunity to put their most skilled players in strategic positions, a game plan the former Seahawks took advantage of.

"We shot pretty good," Glasgow said. "Ron Testerman was a putting machine. He needed to be on the PGA Tour today the way he putted."

Testerman, who was a running back for the Seahawks for three seasons (1976-78), moved from his home state of Virginia to Pasco in April and was glad to be back in the area for the tournament.

"I like this golf course," he said. "I've played here a couple of times with my son. People pay their money to play here and they enjoy the camaraderie. I'm playing with a couple of celebrities here. It's good fellowship."

The tournament raises money for the Children's Developmental Center, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide early intervention services to infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.

Results of winners weren't posted, with the focus instead on the money donated. Coordinator Jeff Hendler said he expected the event to net $60,000 for the charity when the final tally came in.

"It's about helping the kids," Glasgow said. "How can you turn that away? They are our greatest natural resource. They have special needs and interests and we have an opportunity to make a significant difference in their lives."

The golfers didn't shy away from discussing their former NFL team, though, talking about the changes within the Seahawks' organization this offseason, along with their outlooks on the future.

"With the Seahawks we want to get into the mode where we expect greatness," said Johns, a former receiver and punt returner (1981-84) who is now the team's assistant director of community outreach.

"So now we just have to live up to those expectations that (new Seahawks) coach (Pete) Carroll is putting on the players and organization. It's so easy sometimes to get into a mentality when you've had two mediocre years. But right now with the new direction he's not allowing that in the organization."

Johns predicted a big turnaround this season, saying he hoped the team would finish 10-6 and with the NFC West crown.

"That's positive thinking, with a five-win turnaround," he said. "But because of the changes that have happened in the NFC West, with the Seahawks playing competitive football and if we can protect our home field, you can easily get 10 wins."

Stokes, who played safety for Seattle for two seasons (1997-98) and now is a scout for the team, also saw big things for the Seahawks after watching a successful NFL draft and other recent player acquisitions.

"We're excited with the new regime," Stokes said. "We have an excellent core group of young guys to start with, mixed in with the veterans we already had from previous years. That's how you get this thing turned around. I think now it's just going through the process of seeing how these guys develop."