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Wendel's Classic Hole In One

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

by Rebecca Virgin

Tuesday, July 4, 2006

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(Toronto) -- Even with his playing days and captaincy behind him, Wendel Clark still knows how to draw a crowd and bring smiles to peoples faces.

Doug Gilmour was one of the celebrities on hand.

The Wendel Clark Celebrity Golf Classic took place at Station Creek and Rolling Hills Golf Club on Tuesday afternoon in an effort to raise funds for The Hospital for Sick Children and the Canadian Junior Golf Association.

"It doesn't happen without the  people that come out to golf and have fun so they're the biggest supporters and they're the ones that deserve the most accolades," said the typically humble Clark.  "Everybody seems to have smiles on their faces and they are having fun so hopefully that continues."

Celebrity golfers included the likes of Doug Gilmour, Kirk Muller, Matt Stajan, Steve Thomas, and Colombus Blue Jacket Rick Nash.

"Growing up a Leaf fan it's an honour just to come and play in Wendel's tournament," said Nash.  A statement echoed by most of the participants in the tournament.
Getting the large list of celebrities to participate might be a difficult task for some people but not for Clark.

"Wendel's just one of those guys where it's impossible to say no," said Nick Kypreos.  "He was a great teammate and he's such an intregal part of this community that all Wendel has to do is ask and we'll always be there."

Celebrity golfers moved around the courses throughout the day giving each foursome an opportunity to golf with at least one celebrity and help their scores out - or at least tried to help.

"The golf game is not going great," said Peter Mahovlich.  "But the weather is terrific and again I think we're all helping a charity out here and I think they're the big winner."

At the end of the day the tournament will raise about $50,000 for the two charities and has now raised more than $200,000 since the Classic first began.

"You're helping kids and it's great," said Clark.  "Whenever you can give money to the hospital, it's one of the best in the world and they help kids from everywhere.  On the golf side of things there's probably no better sport than golf.  You can start at a young age and play until you're 100.

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