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Good golf, great cause: Goldie's Gang golf outing a hit

by Kyle Morrison /

There's never a bad day to give back to the community, but with Monday's weather hovering in the low 80s with a steady stream of sunshine, it was a perfect day for a charity golf event in South Florida.

Panthers play-by-play voice Steve Goldstein has put on the Goldie's Gang Golf Classic for 17 years now - aiming to raise money for his nonprofit - and this was the biggest one yet. The Panthers were well-represented out on the links, too.

Shawn Thornton and Derek MacKenzie brought their clubs out for a good cause, and were joined by front office employees, including Panthers President & CEO Matthew Caldwell. Former Panthers Ed Jovanovski and Stephen Weiss came out as well, and showed off some serious skill, as their scramble foursome shot a very impressive 58 - the second best score of the day.

"Obviously we love Goldie, he's part of the family and he's been with us for so long," said Caldwell. "We know how important this is to him and his family, we wanted to get out here."

Goldstein's nonprofit, Goldie's Gang, has grown tremendously over the years. The mission is simple: help give South Florida kids opportunities to enjoy sports, whether that comes in the form of attending a local game or participating in a sport at the youth level. As the golf classic's popularity rises, so does the impact of Goldie's Gang.

A few pieces of sports history helped this year's fundraising efforts, as the event ended with an auction/raffle featuring signed, framed jerseys from Jaromir Jagr and Wayne Gretzky, as well as a Nolan Ryan signed batting helmet and other impressive memorabilia.

"It's raising more money than ever," said Goldstein, "which means more money goes back to the community for kids playing different sports, and for educational purposes, too."

The 17th iteration of the Goldie's Gang Classic was undoubtedly the biggest yet, but Goldstein is ready for even more growth - and a chance to give back even more to the community.

"If it gets bigger and better, it's a little bit more work," said Goldstein, "but it'd be work that's worth it."

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