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The team changed the schedule up a bit the past two days, holding a rare Sunday practice at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon to accommodate today's Sweetbay Supermarket Invitational Golf Tournament at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz. The event, run by and benefitting The Lightning Foundation and Outback Charities, included all the Lightning players and four PGA Champions Tour players grouped with sponsors and paying participants. The day provided a needed distraction for the Lightning as tomorrow's trade deadline looms and rumors continue to swirl.
First to arrive at the course, as always, was golf nut Vaclav Prospal, followed by Michel Ouellet and Johan Holmqvist. Ouellet was among a small group of players, including Ryan Craig, who were medically excused from playing in the full tournament and joined each group on the greens instead. Former Lightning defenseman Stan Neckar was on hand with his new business venture - Mobile Cigar Lounge - a camper converted into a cigar lounge that people can rent for special events. Lightning Founder Phil Esposito was the first enticed to try it out this morning.
Everyone seemed to have a great time at the event, which was organized as always by the Lightning Foundation crew of Arlynn Haarer and Dana O'Shea with help from the Outback Pro-Am people. No reports yet on which group is in the lead, but 4-handicapper Craig Mac Donald's group likely has a good shot.