SUMMERSIDE - Three names synonymous with the Toronto Maples Leafs are among the long-list of celebrities teeing off in this year's Summerside Boys and Girls Club Mark's Work Wearhouse Celebrity Golf Tournament.
Coming to play in the eighth annual fundraising tournament are former Leafs captain Wendell Clark, Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Johnny (The China Wall) Bower and Bobby Baun, best remembered for his performance in Game 6 of the 1963-64 Stanley Cup finals where he scored in overtime against the Detroit Red Wings while playing with a broken leg.
They join former heavyweight boxing champ George Chavulo, five-time Grey Cup winner and pro-wrestler Angelo Mosca and the world's most famous hockey dad, Walter Gretzky.
The list of local celebrities include Boston Bruin and 2001 Stanley Cup champion Adam McQuaid, the Toronto Maple Leaf's Darryl Boyce, former Red Wing and NHL coach Gerard (Turk) Gallant and former NHL coach and commentator Doug MacLean.
"It's a great tournament, one of the best on Prince Edward Island," said Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Adam Binkley. "It goes along with everything the Boys and Girls Club of Summerside is doing. The summer camp is bigger and better than ever. The gold rush is doing great. Our after school and breakfast programs have record-high numbers. It is just a snowball effect of what we are doing in the community."
A record 50 teams are taking part in this year's tournament, which goes Tuesday, July 19, at the Summerside Golf Club.
With so many teams signed up the format is different than in past years.
"Eight teams are going out at 8 in the morning. They are going to golf until 11:30 and then be transported when they're done to New London to go deep-sea fishing," explained Binkley. "When they're finished we transport them back to the dinner and auction."
Chuvalo and pal Mosca will act as course marshals during the tournament.
"They'll drive around and, if teams are slow, these guys are going to look after them, maybe give then a couple of shots to get them moving," said Binkley.
Each celebrity will be matched up with two teams that will share the celebrity for nine holes of play.
"It's a shotgun start and best ball, so it is a lot of fun," said Binkley, adding that 19 holes will actually be played with the last a casino. "Instead of them waiting 20 minutes doing nothing it is a scheduled break that allows them to play some Texas Hold 'Em and 21."
A new feature at this year's tournament is the hole-in-one for $1 million.
"We are doing a random draw and six players are going to have the opportunity to shoot," said Binkley. "That's going to be before the golf tournament starts, to kick it off."
Prizes up for grabs include trips, cars, tickets to see U2, cash, autographed hockey jersey and, of course, tickets to see the Toronto Maple Leafs in action.
"We will probably have one of the best sports auctions on Prince Edward Island."
The day wraps up with the dinner and auction at the Summerside Golf Tournament.
For those not golfing in the tournament there is a chance to meet some of the celebrities. A dinner will be held featuring many of the celebrities on the evening of July 18 at Credit Union Place. Tickets are on sale now.
Children who go to Boys and Girls Club will get the chance to see some of the celebrities during a meet and greet at the club the morning of the tournament.
"It's definitely a very busy day," said Binkley. "It's very creative and innovative. For those golfing, they definitely get a big bang for their buck."
Proceeds from the tournament and auction go towards programming at the Summerside Boys and Girls Club. The event netted about $40,000 in 2010.