The New York Islanders usually play golf for themselves over the summer, but on Tuesday, they were playing for the kids.
The Islanders players, coaches and alumni were teeing off for charity at the team's ninth annual golf outing, raising over $100K for the Islanders Children's Foundation.
"It's a great day on the course, it's a great cause," Travis Hamonic said. "I think it's something that all of us really enjoy being a part of. Just being out here raising some money and some awareness it's important."
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Forty-five fivesomes hit the links on Bethpage Red, each group including an Islanders player, coach or alumni, a dream for fans and a way to connect with the community for the team.
"It's been absolutely fantastic," Bobby Nystrom said. "I love this tournament and I've enjoyed coming out to it and I always hook up with a good group of guys that are Islanders fans. How could you go wrong with that?"
Cal Clutterbuck is the consensus golf pro on the Islanders, able to shoot in the high 60s on his best days. For Clutterbuck, golf signifies summer, but the golf outing and being on the course with the Islanders means the season's right around the corner.
"This outing is a lot of fun," he said. "It marks the end of the summer for us, camp is usually the next day or the day after. It starts to get kind of real at the end of today, but it's a good day to come out and enjoy yourself for one more day before you put in some work."
Clutterbuck joked that he was considering taking it easy on his teammates and letting someone else win.
Whether another individual Islander was able to unseat Clutterbuck is unclear, given the scramble-style tournament, but newcomer - and avid golfer himself - Jason Chimera's group won the tournament.
Afterwards, the Islanders and fans gathered for a dinner and Anders Lee led the auction portion of the evening. Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky also spoke, expressing his gratitude towards the players and fans for supporting the team and the kids.
"It's all a part of our community effort," Ledecky said. "When Scott and I purchased the team we talked about how owning a team is a lot like owning a community trust. This is an incredible day for us because it brings together so many people who support the Islanders Children's Foundation."