Charity Tuesday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open


On Tuesday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, not a single competitive stroke was made, but a host of champions still emerged.

Though three special events at TPC Scottsdale weren’t connected, they were linked by the bond of what lies at the heart of the PGA TOUR– charity.

The day kicked off with the Outfront Media Special Olympics Open, a unique putting challenge featuring Special Olympians, celebrities, athletes, business leaders and PGA TOUR professionals.

Rickie Fowler, Billy Horschel, Aaron Baddeley and Kevin Chappell joined the likes of former Phoenix Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez, Phoenix Suns legend Tom Chambers and former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher. Others who participated included former Phoenix Suns standout Steven Hunter and Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians.

“I worked hard to get here, it’s great to be here and is one of my favorite events,” said Coach Arians. “I flew back into town just for this event. I’ve gotten to know a lot of these kids, so this day is always very, very special.”

“The Waste Management Phoenix Open and Thunderbirds do such an amazing job of raising money and awareness for charities and those in need,” said 2014 FedExCup winner Billy Horschel. “To be here and a part of this today is really cool. It’s an exciting time and another thing that makes this tournament the great one that it is.”

“This is unique and very cool. It is so well supported by TOUR players, celebrities and professionals from other sports,” said PGA TOUR member Aaron Baddeley. “It’s great to be a part of something that brings such joy to these kids.”

The day devoted to charity, however, wasn’t just about existing kids, but also for soon-to-be kids, as in the unborn.

Also on Tuesday, 35 military moms-to-be from Luke Air Force Base and the Arizona National Guard were honored during an Operation Shower group baby shower in Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost presented by PRO EM. The expectant mothers were either active duty themselves, or the spouse of a deployed or active duty service member. After a nice lunch, the moms-to-be each received Operation Shower’s signature “Shower In A Box,” which included high-quality products for mothers and babies  donated by various companies, including USAA and 4Moms.  

Later in the afternoon, two-time heart transplant Erik Compton joined The First Tee of Phoenix and the Junior Golf Association of Arizona for the R.S. Hoyt Jr. Family Foundation Dream Day. Compton shared his story of perseverance to the more than 400 kids and even hit a few shots.

After Compton’s story and clinic, the kids broke into groups for chances to chip, putt and receive tips on how to do both better. Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher, Josh Collmenter, brought the afternoon to a close fittingly with reasons why it pays to be the best person one can be and how lessons learned on sports fields transcends easily into the field of life.

An event which boasts the size and scope of the Waste Management Phoenix Open is going to be wall-to-wall with the activities of practice, playing, spectating, volunteering and working, even on a Tuesday. But on this special day, a series of other events converged to form collective heartbeat that resonated above the fray. And what it did was give sound and stage to the truest victors on the PGA TOUR and at this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Source: PGA Tour

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