October 18, 2005
(TORONTO) -- With a mini-break in the hockey schedule, the entire Leafs team was able to hit a round of golf Monday afternoon to raise money for Leafs Fund charities.
Pat Quinn rallied his troops after the morning skate and the boys hit Angus Glen Golf Club for an afternoon of not-so-serious golfing at the 13th Annual Leafs Fund Charity Golf Classic.
"We're just out here to have some fun," said Leafs defenceman Bryan McCabe. "We spent a few days in Muskoka, had our fill of golf up there, but this is a good day too, it's for a good cause so hopefully we can raise some money for the Leafs Fund."
On first arrival the players heard from Max Hurson, a 14 year old boy who has seen many kids have an opportunity to attend summer camp because of the Leafs Fund.
"Camp means a lot to me. I get out of camp every year and I'm just waiting to go back the next year," said Hurson. "It makes you feel good about yourself, you come back from camp feeling much stronger, you feel better about yourself."
|Alex Steen shows his form at the Leafs Fund Annual Charity Golf Classic. |
And helping out the Leafs Fund by shooting a round of golf makes the players feel good too.
"It's inspiring," said rookie Leafs forward Alex Steen. "You always feel good with stuff like this, when kids like that are able to do fun stuff like that so it's always a good feeling and hopefully the fund will continue to fund lots of guys like him."
Not only is the event beneficial to the kids the money goes to, but the foursomes that pay to play in the tournament enjoy it as well.
"Alex is a terrific golfer and for a duffer like myself who's only taken up the game in the last couple of years he made me feel very relaxed," said Marilyn Rozsa, vice-president Bank of Montreal Group of Companies, was paired up with Steen for nine holes. "He certainly contributed to our scores and great drive, just a great drive."
It didn't hurt that the weather turned out so beautifully and that the fall colours were out in full force. Also the fact that the Leafs are currently on a three game winning streak raised the spirits of everyone involved even more.
"The weather gods were on our side," said Beverley Deeth, director of community development for the Leafs. "Everyone's in great moods, we just came off three wins and everyone's happy. It's nice, it was a nice day. We lucked out, we really did."
The Leafs Fund mandate is to provide sports, health, and recreation opportunities for youth and children through the charities that they support.
But the kids won't be taking golf lessons from McCabe any time soon. He claims his game used to be a lot better.
"I'm terrible now," said McCabe. "Too much weights in the summer, makes the golf game go downhill." He added that a fun day was had by all anyways.