The Hamilton Bulldogs are going club-bing…

Golf clubbing that is. The American Hockey League team’s fifth Molson Canadian Hamilton Bulldogs Charity Golf Classic is set for August 22 at Century Pines Golf Club in Flamborough.

The annual fundraiser assists a number of social agencies and for the second straight year Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington along with the Hamilton Bulldogs Youth Fund will be the recipients of the golf tournaments proceeds.

In the events first four years, more than $80,000 has been channeled to local charities.

“We are pleased to once again include a partner such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington as a mutual beneficiary of fan and corporate support of the Bulldogs through the Molson Canadian Hamilton Bulldogs Charity Golf Classic”, said Brian Lewis, the team’s executive director of operations. “The tournament is an exciting event… and we look forward to once again making a significant donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington this year, to support the great work that they have, and continue to do for the youth in our community.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters more than welcome the assistance the golf event gives. The organizations chairperson, Dave Bowen, said 400 children are involved in programs and another 320 are on a waiting list.

“It is only through the encouragement and financial support of public-minded groups such as the Hamilton Bulldogs that we can continue this work, and we are grateful to them,” he said.

The event usually includes athletic and media celebrities. At this early stage Bulldogs coaches Don Lever and Ron Wilson and player Corey Locke have indicated their participation along with honourary co-chairs, both Hamilton natives, Harry Howell, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, and Ric Nattress, a Stanley Cup winner in 1989.