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Did club membership bring Peyton Manning to Denver?

Quail-Hollow-Tiger-Manning-Golf_300During Peyton Manning's grand tour of NFL teams earlier this month, he visited Phoenix to check out the Cardinals.
On the day Manning was in Phoenix, I played Whisper Rock in Scottsdale with some friends and colleagues. As we were eating lunch in the clubhouse, Gary McCord came over to our table.
McCord, a Whisper Rock member, is pals with Broncos team president John Elway. McCord told us he had sent a text message to Elway about Manning earlier that day. He asked Elway: "Are you offering him a membership to Cherry Hills?" (Cherry Hills Country Club is a legendary Denver club and former U.S. Open venue.)
Elway immediately texted McCord back: "Cherry Hills AND Castle Pines."
Sure enough, Elway got his man. Manning announced his decision to play for the Broncos less than a week later. (Photo: Manning with Tiger Woods at the 2009 Quail Hollow pro-am; Chuck Burton/AP)

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by Kevin Cunningham