In the wake of Hurricane Harvey devastating the Houston area, many professional golfers have used their resources to aid in what could potentially be the costliest natural disaster in United States history.
Chris Stroud, a Houston resident who won the Barracuda Championship in early August for his first PGA Tour victory, has been one of the most vocal in the recovery efforts. Stroud has committed $10,000 toward the cause and will donate an additional 10 percent of his earnings from this week’s Dell Technologies Championship in Boston.
“It has been a tough week, but in some ways a very rewarding week,” Stroud said during a Wednesday news conference. “To see all the people and organizations around the country eager to pitch in and help is inspiring.”
Stroud is one of the leaders in the relief efforts, but he is far from alone.
What adds a deeper element of meaning to the situation in the golf world is Houston’s profound love of the game. The area has more than 150 golf courses, hosts both a PGA Tour and a PGA Tour Champions event, and is home to more than 30 professionals. The men’s golf team at the University of Houston has won 16 NCAA national championships and produced several stars like Fred Couples and Steve Elkington.
So it comes as no surprise that as heartbreaking images of flooding continue to roll in, so does the support.
Stacy Lewis, who is married to University of Houston women’s golf coach Gerrod Chadwell, has lived in Houston since she was 11 years old. Lewis will donate 100 percent of her earnings from this week’s Portland Classic to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
— Stacy Lewis (@Stacy_Lewis) August 31, 2017
Below is a compilation of some players who are supporting the relief efforts. You also can join the recovery by donating at www.redcross.org.
— Brooke Pancake (@BrookePancake) August 30, 2017
— Sergio Garcia (@TheSergioGarcia) August 29, 2017
— Patrick Reed (@PReedGolf) August 31, 2017
— Kelly Kraft (@kkraft11) August 30, 2017
Will be donating $50 a birdie and $100 an eagle to hurricane Harvey victims in my home state. I wish I could go down there and help.
— John Peterson (@JohnPetersonPGA) August 28, 2017
— Shannon Fish (@ShannonTFish) August 28, 2017
— Ashley Tait (@ashleytaitgolf) August 29, 2017
— Emma Talley (@talley_emma) August 30, 2017
She delivered BBQ & helped fellow Houstonians Sun-Tues.
— Symetra Tour (@ROAD2LPGA) August 31, 2017
— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) August 31, 2017
— Jhonattan Vegas (@JhonattanVegas) August 31, 2017
— Conrad Shindler (@CShindlerGolf) August 30, 2017