Despite the threat of rain, everyone was in good spirits at the shotgun start, as the parade of golf carts forked its way between the club’s two courses and delivered players to their respective starting holes.
“It’s been great. [Rain] can put a little bit of a damper on the day, but hopefully it will hold off here,” said Bruins youngster Adam McQuaid
“So far, so good.”
After about four holes, players started flocking to what’s commonly known as the most famous pit stop of the day, The Crossroads, for a buffet lunch
of burgers, chicken, sausage and more.
“It’s awesome. [The Bruins Foundation] really put a lot into it,” said center Brad Marchand
in between bites of his lunch. "I’ve got a great group and we’re having a great day so far.”
Bob Sweeney, Director of Development for the Boston Bruins Foundation, summarized the day early on.
“Good food, good fun, good times,”
This is the second year that the tournament has been held at The International. The club not only boasts 36 holes of championship golf, but is also the only five-star golf resort in New England.
“It’s an unbelievable course. The view, and you can tell they keep it in unbelievable condition, every fairway, every green,” said Marchand. “You can just tell it’s high class.”
Despite being top-notch hockey players, many of the current Bruins were not too confident in their golf game and especially their chances of winning the hole-in-one competition.
“I didn’t get too much practice in so I’m kind of struggling the first little bit, so hopefully I can be better for my teammates,” said Nathan Horton
, one of the Bruins newest additions.
“Well, the day is going good, but golf is going bad, so it’s a mix,” Tuukka Rask
joked as he pulled into The Crossroads. “Maybe the lunch will change things up a little bit.
“Maybe I’m just focusing on hockey too much.”
Even though they have been enjoying the time off, all of the players seemed ready to turn in their golf clubs for hockey sticks, as the veterans open camp opens on Sept. 17th.
“It’s always nice to come back and see the guys. More guys are rolling in this weekend I think, so it’s always a lot of fun coming back,” explained Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart.
“It feels like everybody is looking forward to that Europe trip. I think that’s going to be great for our team to go out there and really spend time as a team,” Rask added. “It seems like everybody is really anxious to get out there.” ---Ashley Robbins