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Winner of golf outing is the kids

The Isles held their annual Charity Golf Outing at Bethpage State Park on Wednesday

Wednesday, 09.14.2011 / 9:57 PM / Community
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Winner of golf outing is the kids
Wednesday marked a great start to the 2011-12 hockey season. With training camp set to start on Friday, current New York Islanders players and alumni got out to play one final round of golf on one of the last sunny and 80 degree days before the leaves start to turn and the brisk chill of fall sets in.
 
“We had a great event today at Bethpage,” said Ann Rina, the Islanders Manager of Community Relations. “The weather couldn’t have been any better. It was a little warm, but the sun was shining. Everyone looked like they were having a great time playing."
 
The Islanders fourth annual charity golf outing, which benefits the Islanders Children’s Foundation, was a great success according to Rina, who said, “I think this is going to be the most successful golf outing we’ve held.”
 
Islanders defenseman Mark Eaton gets some advice from his caddy during the Islanders Charity Golf Outing on the Red Course at Bethpage State Park on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011. Click to view gallery.
Taking place on the Red Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, each foursome was grouped with an Islanders player or alumni before they set out to play 18 holes. Along the course, each group took part in a series of games with various prizes, including the chance to win a new Dodge Charger if they were lucky enough to shoot a hole-in-one.
 
While no one won the car, Mark Eaton’s team of five may have had an unfair advantage. One of their members was P.J. Cowan, a two-time winner of the New York State Open. By the end of the day, Eaton’s team finished 10 under 70.

“Today was wonderful,” Cowan said. “Mark Eaton was our Islander. He’s a great guy, couldn’t be nicer. I’m looking forward to next year.”
 
When asked how he learned of the charity outing, Cowan and his cart-mate, Chris Thompson, explained that they were friends of long-time Islanders fan and sponsor Erik Habberstad, who owns Habberstad BMW and Bayshore BMW.
 
“Erik Habberstad called us up,” said Thompson. “He’s sponsored the Islanders for the past five to 10 years. He came to us and said ‘Hey, you guys are good at golf, it should be a fun day, have some drinks, dinner, laugh a bit,’ and it’s all been true.”
 
Matt Martin’s group, like many other teams on the course, may not have won any prizes for their outstanding play, but that didn’t seem to matter.
 
Doug Weight, an Islanders alumnus and Senior Advisor to the General Manager & Assistant Coach, golfs during the Islanders Charity Golf Outing on the Red Course at Bethpage State Park on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011.
“It’s more about the kids,” Martin said. “Obviously, the events we have going on with the hole-in-ones, everyone has been donating some money. So it’s all about having some fun. It’s not too competitive out here. Helping out the kids is all that really matters at the end of the day.”
 
Having a charity event in the setting of a golf game seems to work in everyone’s favor. It’s a game many of the Islanders players and alumni enjoy to play in their off season, but it’s also a game that allows for a lot of social interaction so the fans and sponsors who come out to play, get a lot of time to get to know the team.
 
“Golf is a great social game,” said Islanders alumnus and Senior Advisor to the General Manager & Assistant Coach Doug Weight. “You get three-and-a-half to five hours with somebody. My group of guys play together every Saturday. It’s a locker room atmosphere and something I’m used to. I’m excited about being out here.”
 
There’s truly no better way to kick off the 2011-12 season.
 
“The Islanders Children’s Foundation works to help sick and underprivileged kids here on Long Island,” said Rina. “It just means a lot that everyone came out here today to participate and raise money for a great cause.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 66 31 36 5 67
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 66 14 28 22 42
B. Nelson 66 18 20 8 38
F. Nielsen 66 11 26 13 37
A. Lee 60 22 13 14 35
J. Bailey 54 13 20 13 33
J. Boychuk 56 7 25 15 32
N. Leddy 66 9 19 17 28
T. Hamonic 56 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 34 13 1 .911 2.48
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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