Fort McMurray, Alberta, needs help and Canadian golfer Graham DeLaet is leading the charge.
Since Tuesday afternoon, wildfires have scorched more than 25,000 acres of land in the Fort McMurray area and its near 90,000 residents are in a state of emergency.
DeLaet, who is from Weyburn, Saskatchewan, about 800 miles from Fort McMurray, tweeted on Wednesday that he would donate $500 for every birdie he makes this week at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.
In his first round on Thursday, he only made two birdies, but as more people chimed in willing to donate, more than $5,000 was raised in one day. DeLaet promised more birdies in Round 2.
Even other golf figures are jumping in. University of Florida men’s head golf coach J.C. Deacon tweeted he and his wife would donate $2 for every birdie and $10 for every eagle his Gators golf team makes this postseason. The Gators found out on Thursday they will play in the NCAA Kohler, Wis., Regional, May 16-18.
The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada is scheduled to play its eighth event of the season – the Syncrude Boreal Open – at Fort McMurray Golf Club, August 4-7. There has been no word yet from the tour if that event will remain on the schedule.
If you would like to donate, please visit donate.redcross.ca.