Lara McKee is a longtime Bills fan who lives in the Phoenix area and runs the social media accounts for the Wild West Bills Backers AZ and Bills Mafia Babes. With quarterback Josh Allen set to play in a celebrity pro-am at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, McKee headed out to see Allen.
She picks up the story from there:
When they say Bills fans travel well, it’s true. Some of us have traveled and come home, while others have traveled and moved away. There’s a common bond that unites us, though, and that’s the Buffalo Bills. You can take the girl out of Buffalo; you can’t take Buffalo out of the girl.
I moved from Batavia to the Phoenix area in 1999, and nothing thrills me more than wearing my Bills gear and hearing a “Go Bills” from passersby. It truly is a greeting like no other. I’ve been a huge Bills fan my entire life, so when it was announced that Josh Allen was set to play in the Celebrity Annexus Pro Am, at the Waste Management Open in Scottsdale, I knew I had to be there.
I know nothing about golf, but I invited my neighbor and fellow WNY transplant Jessica Nigh, who is a fan and enjoys golf herself, and off we went. Traffic was heavy, but we got there just in time to see our beloved Josh Allen take his first shot at the second hole. There were a wide variety of people and fans there, as the celebrities were other professional athletes. Josh was teeing off in between Arizona Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald and Olympic champion, Michael Phelps.
My friend and I quickly spotted several other Bills fans from our backers group, the Wild West Bills Backers, and we followed Josh from hole to hole. At one point he drilled the ball so amazingly, toward the beginning of the course, that he was a mere inch away from a hole in one. The crowd went nuts, and chants of "Go Bills," "Bills Mafia" and "Let’s Go Buffalo" were frequent.
Josh was being pulled in 100 different directions at every turn, and he handled himself like the professional that he is. He stopped to take pictures with children and sign things for them, and by the eighth hole, my little group of girls got his attention and he was gracious enough to stop by for a quick picture.
We later saw his girlfriend, who made the trip, and tons of other Bills fans as we worked our way through the course with him.
— Bradley Gelber (@BradleyGelber) January 29, 2020
The 16th hole at the Open is a huge party, with thousands of fans cheering, music and other fun. When Josh made it there, they brought out a table and joked that he could slam a fan through it to feel at home. We’re known for our antics everywhere, I suppose.
— Kevin Prise (@PGATOURKevin) January 30, 2020
I help to run the social media accounts for the Wild West Bills Backers of AZ and the Bills Mafia Babes (an all-female group of fans from around the world), and I enjoyed posting videos and pictures from the event. It was nice to see Josh’s mom, Lavonne, reach out to say that it looked like fun and that next year she’ll be there.
Josh truly is a class act and it shows everywhere he goes! The Bills organization, and us fans, are lucky to have him!