|Not Only A Talent On The Ice, Jamie Works Hard Developing His Golf Game|
|October 24, 2010 by Sean Hartnett, JL15.com contributor|
|Like most any hockey player you'll find, Jamie Langenbrunner is an avid golfer. It's little wonder why he's a hotshot on the links considering his dedication and commitment to his roles as captain of Team USA and the New Jersey Devils. Hockey players are naturally competitive people and on a nightly basis, Jamie shows Devils fans that his desire is second to none.
Golf is a sport that requires the ability to balance a winning desire with tremendous patience. As he's seen by his peers as a leader on the ice, Langenbrunner takes the initiative in fine tuning his game. Those who've played with Jamie know well that he's close to a scratch golfer with a handicap of 0.5. It's taken years of practice and devotion for him to become the talented golfer he is today.
Jamie returns home to Minnesota each summer and spends plenty of time at the nearby Cloquet Country Club. In the summer of 2009, he won his hometown Cloquet Invitational to the delight of the gathered locals. Onlookers were pleased to see their native hockey hero take part in the event. In a closely fought 2010 tournament, Langenbrunner was locked in a four-way tie for 1st place going into the final day of competition. Jamie narrowly missed out on defending his title at Cloquet but finished a strong second place.
This past July, he competed in the 2010 American Century Championship at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course located at Stateline, Nevada. The scenic surroundings offer a stunning backdrop of the High Sierra Mountains, towering pines and the beautiful Lake Tahoe shoreline but even top golfers must beware. Edgewood is considered by pros to be as challenging as the legendary Pebble Beach.
Jamie's 8th place finish was impressive for a first time entrant as he tied long-time participant and former NFL kicker Al Del Greco. He won bragging rights that day over his former Stars teammates Brett Hull and Mike Modano and beat out 1980 Olympic gold medal winning USA captain Mike Eruzione. Former USA teammate Jeremy Roenick though was able to narrowly finish ahead of Jamie and at 7th was the highest placed of all NHL participants.
Langenbrunner can take heart in besting "His Airness" Michael Jordan at Edgewood. Not many people can point to the fact that they beat the man most consider the greatest NBA player of all-time in an athletic event. Jamie was able to collect a $11,185 check for charity playing at Edgewood… not bad for playing a little golf!
In mid-September, Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, New Jersey was the setting for the Devils' 11th annual Alumni Charity Golf Classic. The event raised money for various charities across New Jersey and fans got the chance to see their heroes up close. Langenbrunner, Martin Brodeur, Zach Parise were joined by off-season additions, Jason Arnott, Henrik Tallinder, Johan Hedberg and Anton Volchenkov. Current players, owners and ex-New Jersey greats were split into to teams as they enjoyed the pleasant weather that Upper Montclair had to offer and were pleased to do their part for some great causes.
Jamie continues to develop his golf game and dedicates himself towards improving each summer when he hits the links. Maybe he's found his next calling once he decides hang up his skates and call it a career. Devils fans hope that day will be many years away as Langenbrunner has plenty of motivation to continue putting his heart and soul into taking New Jersey deep into the playoffs for seasons to come.
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