Alex Ovechkin hit a hole in one during the Caps Care Classic at the Springfield Golf and Country Club in Springfield, Va., on Monday. Ovechkin took a shot on the par-3, 160-yard fourth hole that landed short of the green and rolled in.
In fairness, Ovechkin had hit a number of tee shots on the hole before his “ace,” as he greeted groups, signed autographs and posed for photographs throughout the day. Nevertheless, it was the first time golfing for the NHL’s 2006 rookie of the year.
“This was my first time playing golf. I guess it’s easy,” Ovechkin said with a smile. “Maybe it would be better if I played golf, not hockey. It was lucky, though. I have to play again now, see how I can do.”
Ovechkin was an honorary co-chairman of the event, which raised money for the Children’s National Medical Center, Athletes Against Autism and Washington Capitals Charities.
Ovechkin and the Capitals open the 2006-07 season on Thursday, Oct. 5, at the New York Rangers (7 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, WTEM SportsTalk 980). Opening Night at Verizon Center is set for Saturday, Oct. 7, against the defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes (7 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, WTEM SportsTalk 980). Fan Fest on F Street NW begins at 5 p.m., and fans are encouraged to be in their seat by 6:45 p.m. for a special pregame presentation.