Norton, MA --
On Tuesday, August 26th, General Manager Peter Chiarelli, players Phil Kessel, Marc Savard
, Shawn Thornton
and Dennis Wideman, along with Boston Bruins Foundation Director of Development Bob Sweeney presented a check for $12,000 to The First Tee of Massachusetts. Joe McCabe, the Head Golf Professional at MGA Links, Pete Walsh, and young golfers from the Massachusetts Golf Association Junior Golf Fund accepted the check on the practice putting green following the conclusion of the Deutsche Bank Red Sox Legends & Friends Pro-Am at TPC Boston in Norton, Massachusetts.
“It’s important that the Boston Bruins players and The Foundation work together like this to give back to charities like The First Tee program,” said Sweeney. “It was a excellent event for our guys and The Foundation to support together as we continue to get the Boston Bruins out there in the community.
“And, of course, it was also a great experience to get to play the same course that the pro golfers get to play.”
The MGA operates The First Tee of Massachusetts, a statewide initiative that offers programming at MGA Links at Mamantapett, located in Norton, which introduces youngsters to the game of golf. The First Tee, which is also offered at sites in Lynnfield, Springfield, and Hyannis in addition to a variety of seasonal programs at other locations around the state, is a unique program that introduces children to the game while at the same time uses its curriculum to teach life skills that are important on and off the golf course.
“This program fits our description to a ‘T’,” said Sweeney. “We help kids.
“This event falls under the athletic side of our initiatives and we were more than happy to help out.”
In 2008, The First Tee of Massachusetts will reach out to nearly 3,000 children and 30+ local youth agencies and the success of the MGA Junior Golf Fund has made it possible for children to take part in these programs for no cost.
“It was awesome,” said Thornton of the event. “I had a great day. Just getting to play this course was good times, so when you get to do it for a good cause like this, it’s just a bonus.”
Thornton had another reason to be happy, as he took home the prize for the longest drive.
“I just know that it was further than Kess, and that’s all that matters,” said Thornton.
“I love golf,” admitted Kessel. “So, whenever I get a chance to play golf and it’s for a charity it’s a plus.
“I don’t know who had the best day, but I think I tied Savvy and I would have liked to come right around him, but we played pretty well today, so I was happy with my score.”
Wideman, who recently signed a contract extension with the Bruins, agreed.
“Anytime you can help out a charity it’s a great thing,” said the D-man. “It worked out well. Today is a beautiful day and it’s a great golf course.”
Even though all of his Bruins teammates had their sights set on him, Savard kept the main goal of his day in mind.
“It’s always great when you get out and help any charity, so it was a good day,” he said. “We had a lot of fun and I’m glad we can give back to the community.”
The Deutsche Bank Championship starts Friday and concludes on Labor Day.