Whalers golf outing kicks off the new season
The annual Plymouth Whalers golf outing serves several purposes.
For players, staff and fans, the Whalers’ golf outing - held this season at Northville Hills Golf Club on Aug. 25, is the traditional face-off to the start a new season.
Plymouth began training camp the next day, with off ice testing and school and then hits the ice two days after the outing.
The Golf Outing also allows the Whalers corporate partners – Hockey Weekly, among others – to reconnect with staff and meet the players in a low-key, friendly atmosphere. The golf is competitive, but the fellowship is more important.
Proceeds from the golf outing go directly to the Plymouth Whalers Education Fund and helps defray the cost of players’ tuition and books. This season, the Whalers have at least 10 players starting classes at several local colleges.
In addition, new players get to meet the veterans and everyone has a good time.
“I didn’t do too well,” rookie Beau Schmitz said after the outing. “I lost a lot of balls. It’s a frustrating sport. I’ve only gotten out once this summer, but I like to get out there. It’s fun.”
Like everyone else, Schmitz is fired up to start the season.
“I’m real excited,” Schmitz said about the start of camp. “I’ve been preparing myself for it all summer. I’ve been working out a lot, skating as much as I could, getting in shape. When we get to the main camp, you just play your own game, get adjusted and play a few exhibition games.”
The beauty of a golf scramble is a four-man team has four options with every shot. The beauty of the Whalers Golf Outing is the participation and fellowship of everyone involved for a good cause.
Then, it’s time to play hockey.