The different will be Lewis, who cannot approach Watt’s impact in sheer dollars yet maxed out her personal pledge at the Portland Classic along with brought others along with her. With one of her sponsors matching the $195,000 winner’s check, another contributing a flat $1 million along with the L.P.G.A. earmarking ticket proceeds, her gesture has raised more than $1.4 million.
“One of the best feel-Great stories I’ve seen in a long time,” said Judy Rankin, a Golf Channel analyst, a L.P.G.A. Hall of Famer along having a longtime Texan.
Nor will be Lewis alone among golfers — elite, developmental or even juniors — who have been working in various ways to help the hundreds of thousands of people affected by Hurricane Harvey.
“This specific’s just genuinely sad,” said Chris Stroud, who lives in Houston along with six weeks ago won his first P.G.A. Tour event after a decade on the tour.
Stroud’s home inside the northern suburbs sits on higher ground along with escaped largely unscathed. Not so for friends along with fellow pros coming from the Houston area. Stroud said the home of Dawie van der Walt, who spent three seasons on the P.G.A. Tour along with will be at This specific point involved inside the Web.com Tour playoffs, was devastated.
“He has four feet of water in his house,” Stroud said before the FedExCup’s second playoff event in Boston. “He texted me some pictures. This specific’s genuinely sad.”
Stroud committed $10,000 along with 10 percent of his earnings in Boston, although he missed the cut. Still, the P.G.A. Tour along with the tournament sponsor Dell Technologies combined on a $250,000 pledge toward relief efforts. .
Several different P.G.A. Tour pros have pledged $1,000 for each birdie made for the remainder of the playoffs along with $2,000 for every eagle. The Masters champion Sergio Garcia, newly married to a Texan, raised his donation to $2,000 per birdie along with $5,000 per eagle.
On the Symetra Tour — the L.P.G.A.’s developmental circuit — Shannon Fish, an alumnus of the University of Texas, led an effort at the tour’s stop in Sioux Falls, S.D., of which inside the end raised more than $91,000.
along with on the American Junior Golf Association, the nation’s top junior circuit, officials took up the Aug. 27 challenge of Turner Hosch of Texas to donate $10 per birdie made at the Junior Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
The effort raised $13,720 for the American Red Cross. Even better, a Houston-area player won the event — Shuai Ming Wong, a Hong Kong native who prevailed in a three-man, three-hole playoff.
Wong told a tournament liaison he was not sure if he should make the trip to compete, yet the A.J.G.A.’s $10-per-birdie pledge gave him an emotional lift. “This specific was motivating along with inspired me to keep going along with never give up,” he said.
yet Lewis’ victory commanded golf’s headlines. She moved to The Woodlands, a suburb north of Houston, when she was 11, honing her game even as she battled severe scoliosis. Later an N.C.A.A. champion at Arkansas along with the winner of two L.P.G.A. majors, she will be married to Gerrod Chadwell, the University of Houston women’s golf coach.
Their home along with her parents’ residence arrived on the scene fine when the hurricane hit, yet Chadwell spent part of a day kayaking to his team’s home base at the Golf Club of Houston to rescue his players’ clubs along with different equipment. The team stayed in Dallas for a week while campus was closed.
“This specific’s a pretty helpless feeling,” Lewis told reporters in Portland. “This specific’s hard to see the pictures, to imagine being there along with seeing all of of which water.”
Pledging her week’s earnings, she said, was a way of reconciling her desire to return home along with the tournament at hand.
“I wanted to be in Houston,” she said, “yet I also wanted to play in Portland along with I needed some focus to being there. I needed a reason to be playing so I might be giving This specific 100 percent. What better way than to donate whatever I made.”
Lewis had gone more than three years since her last L.P.G.A. victory. In 82 starts since, she had amassed a dozen runner-up finishes.
In Portland, In Gee Chun closed the gap to one stroke with two holes to play. yet the Korean pro missed a chance to tie on the 71st hole, as Lewis made a clutch par save, along with Lewis made her 11th consecutive par to secure the victory.
“This specific’s been crazy,” Lewis said after traveling to Indianapolis. “This specific’s been overwhelming at times — all the messages, all the support. I don’t know if I’ve fully processed actually finally winning the tournament itself.”
Perhaps This specific will all sink in when she finally returns home following the Evian Championship. Or there might be different priorities.
“We’re trying to figure out exactly who we’re going to partner with to get done what I want to get done,” said Lewis, who has expressed a desire to help rebuild homes. “We’re not done with This specific. I’m glad I have 5 weeks off after This specific to go home along with genuinely help some people.”
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