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Pat Foley does fine on pressure-packed tee shot

Chicago Blackhawks Vs Nashville Predators. PFoley along with his Mother Father left; family celebrated PFoley before tonights hockey game. Friday

Chicago Blackhawks Vs Nashville Predators. Pat Foley, along with his Mother and Father left; and family celebrated Pat Foley before tonights hockey game. Friday April 18, 2013 I Photo by Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

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It has been a nervous couple of days for Pat Foley. On Friday, the Blackhawks’ TV play-by-play man faced the pressure of teeing off after receiving more applause than the pros he was playing with at the Encompass Championship.

“I was quaking standing over the ball,’’ said Foley, an 8-handicap in the pro-am. “Nervous is the right word. I don’t do this. Every time I go to the first tee, I’ve got two balls in my pocket. If you hit a crappy one, you reload.’’

He handled the pressure: “Striped it down the middle.’’

Little did he know that he’d have to wait 31/2 hours to hit his next shot because of a rain delay: “I walk to the ball, and the siren goes off. We turn around and walk back in.’’

On Saturday night, Foley planned to watch the Hawks and Bruins go at it with team legends Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Denis Savard and Tony Esposito. And bite his nails.

“I’d rather be working,’’ said Foley, who’s trumped by the national announcing crew. “I’m way more nervous watching than if I was working. If I’m working, I’m thinking of what I’m doing.’’

Paired with Don Pooley, Foley finished 18 under in the pro-am, tied for second with former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, who played with Craig Stadler. The Steve Pate-Lee Tenzer team finished 25 under in the 36-hole event, which wrapped up Saturday.

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