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February 24 — Despite yapping that he couldn’t recall when he last hoisted a golf club, Boston Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis remains the man to beat as NESN.com’s “Second Base Cup” tourney draws to a close this week.

Between spring training workouts at City of Palms Park, several BoSox players have teed it up (well, placed it on a mat) in New England Sports Network’s spin on the traditional “closest-to” contest (and yes, Sox fans, as Jay Busbee pointed out, it is all about us). The aim of the NESN promo — in addition to keeping snowbound followers tuned into the team’s flagship station for its “Red Sox Live” show from sunny Ft. Myers, Fla. — is to see which player can hit a golf ball closest to second base from 75 yards away.

 

As the two-week tilt winds down with Youk still atop the leaderboard, the career-.294 hitter appears as proficient with a wedge in his hands as he is with a baseball bat. Check out Youkilis’ potentially winning form, as well as his teammates’ swings. And don’t forget manager Terry Francona, who took to the “links” with sandals.

Youkilis, by the way, worried about the aftermath, should he win the competition. “Now they’re going to make me play golf more,” he said after sticking it close, NESN reports.

(Emily Kay is a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly. Check her out on the Waggle Room, Boston Golf Examiner, and National Golf Examiner websites. You may also follow Kay on Twitter.)

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