Alfie gets Skinned

Daniel Alfredsson - Ottawa Senator's Captain Daniel Alfredsson at the Marshes Golf Club in Ottawa...

Daniel Alfredsson - Ottawa Senator's Captain Daniel Alfredsson at the Marshes Golf Club in Ottawa during the Ottawa Senators Golf Tournament. (Ottawa Sun file photo)

CHRIS STEVENSON

, Last Updated: 1:29 PM ET

Think you could make a putt with two tickets to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final on the line?

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson put a buddy of his, Max Lizondo, to the test in a match at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club the other day.

When it comes to pressure in this town right now, forget the Green Jacket.

It's all about Being Red.

Who won?

Put it this way: Lizondo is the one with a smile a Sens Mile wide.

Alfredsson has been keeping the competitive juices flowing during the club's nine-day layoff leading up to Monday's first game of the Stanley Cup final.

If you've seen the captain on the golf course (he represented Royal Ottawa in the Intersectional championships a couple of years ago), you'll know he battles as hard on the course as he does in the corner.

As you might expect, he crushes the ball like it's a Buffalo Sabres defenceman.

Alfredsson and Lizondo have been having a running battle over the last couple of years. Alfredsson beat him in the quarter-finals of the club's match play championship last year.

After he lost to Alfredsson, Lizondo caddied for Alfredsson the rest of the way.

"I think he has one year left in medical school. His dream is to be the team doctor for the Montreal Canadiens," said Alfredsson yesterday.

"I've been trying to convert him, but so far it hasn't worked."

Lizondo's no slouch as a player, either. The medical student won the Ottawa Valley Golf Association's Investors Group City and District Class A championship a couple of years ago.

Alfredsson said his opponent is a scratch player. Alfredsson's handicap index is four.

They set up their match the other day.

Lizondo apparently put up $100 for their 18-hole match and Alfredsson pegged two tickets for Game 3 -- which will be played June 2 -- to the board.

If you have been paying attention at all in Ottawa in the last couple of weeks, you know Alfredsson has been busy with his job and hasn't had a lot of time to work on his golf game.

Or so he says.

Things didn't go well early for Alfredsson, much like this past NHL season.

"I think I was three or four down after nine holes," he said.

But like he has in the latter part of this season and into the playoffs, Alfredsson kicked it up on the back nine.

"I came back to be only one down," he said, "but I think he won it on the 17th hole. I was 1-over on the back. I didn't play well.

"He was going to get the tickets anyway," said Alfredsson. "I knew I was going to lose. That's why I made the bet."

So, chalk one up for Lizondo in their on-going battle and two of the most prized ducats in the history of Ottawa sports.

And a great story to go with them.


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