When I first started off on this journey five months ago to raise money for Curriki and the mission of equitable education for all, I could only dream that the campaign would be where it is today! Seeking pledges and donations for every birdie I make during the season is something I hope can support Curriki in delivering high-quality educational resources to parents, teachers, and students across the world. The overwhelming support I’ve received across the globe has been phenomenal. I cannot thank everyone enough for the pledges, efforts to spread awareness, kind words, and encouragement!
It has been a very eventful season so far! We started in the Bahamas where I finished in a tie for 15th (my 3rd best career finish) in some of the toughest conditions I have ever played in. We battled 30+mph winds all week, and I took advantage of the downwind holes to make a total of 18 birdies that week. I was humbled to find that just two weeks into the season I had made $41,552!
Our second stop was Bogota, Columbia. There were a variety of factors that made this week interesting on the golf course. For starters, we were at over 8000 feet of elevation, so the ball flew forever. Fortunately, I finished in a tie for 34th with all four rounds of even par or better. I made 18 birdies during the week and added 19 new donors!
Next we went to Panama and I overcame a four-over-par first 9 holes to finish at one over par for the tournament in 19th place. I made 14 birdies this week, which ranked 8th among all players. This was one of the toughest golf courses we play all year, but also one of the toughest walks. My caddy Travis and I walked over 50 miles and 150 flights of stairs over these 7 days… The walk from the 4th to the 5th hole was fondly nicknamed the “Stairway of Death” by players and caddies alike…
The end of a 6-week leg brought me back to the States! I recorded my career best finish as a professional, finishing in solo second place at -24 at the LECOM Suncoast Classic in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Even more exciting, I finished off with pledges reading $114,512! This golf course was a Birdies for Education dream, with five reachable par 5s and a driveable par 4, affording prime birdie opportunities every few holes.
A big highlight was Birdies for Education reaching Japan! Thank you to Mr. Mori Yutaka for bringing awareness of the campaign to the country! However, I encountered a slight bump in the road while in Louisiana and missed the cut this week with rounds of 65-77. The good news is, my game still felt awesome and I made 10 birdies in those two rounds for Curriki!
The Current Stats and GREAT News!
With all of this season’s action, I’m proud to report that I have made 167 birdies to date and have raised:
I am 21% to my goal of raising $1,000,000 and so far 166 donors are supporting every birdie!
What’s Up Next?
I will be at the Evans Scholars Invitational in Chicago May 23-26. North Carolina, Illinois, and Kansas are up next. I would love to have you follow my journey! You can keep up with my progress and make a pledge or donation through the Birdies for Education campaign site! Thank you to Curriki for all of the recent changes in helping make the site easy and streamlined for donors and visitors!
Thank you all again for your support- it means the world to me, and gets me more excited to get to the golf course every day.
Until next time!