No. 99 on the tee

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:04 AM ET

Wayne Gretzky has a modest goal going into today's Pro-Am event at the CN Canadian Women's Open.

He just wants to play the round without bouncing a ball off a spectator.

"It's amazing I never hit anybody on the ice, but I seem to hit a lot of people on the golf course," Gretzky said.

"I'm really a bad player. My whole goal is sort of like of former president (Gerald) Ford - just not hit anybody. That's all I'll be trying to do is not hit anybody."

The former Edmonton Oiler great was back in town yesterday as part of CN Miracle Match program.

Today he'll be paired up with defending champion Cristie Kerr in the Pro-Am event.

They'll be joined by two players who each bid $15,000 for an opportunity to play with the pair.

In total, $34,557 was raised through the auction which included getting an opportunity to caddie for Gretzky. The amount was matched by CN with all the proceeds going to the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation.

"It's always a pleasure to come back to Edmonton," Gretzky said.

"I'm really excited about being here. When CN asked me to come here and asked me to be part of this golf event I said I would.

"Cristie Kerr comes to every Coyotes hockey game and she asked me last year if I'd think about it, then we talked to the CN people and I said I would."

Yesterday Gretzky and Canadian golfer Lorie Kane toured the Stollery Children's Hospital and dropped in on some of the kids.

"It's really remarkable the care that these kids get from the doctors and the nurses and the support they get from their families," Gretzky said.

"When you're a father and you have your own kids and you see the battles that these people have to go through with their own kids, it's heartwarming.

"For Lorie and I to be here today and get a chance to sign some autographs and get some pictures - it's not only good for the kids but the parents, too."


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