PARAMUS, N.J. – Wednesday was gloomy at The Barclay’s, in more ways than one.
As we arrived at Ridgewood Country Club under yet another grey, rainy sky, we learned of Jim Furyk’s DQ for failing to show up for the pro-am on time. Obviously, Furyk wasn’t trying to blow off the event, and his fellow players are already griping about the punishment, but rules are rules. We’ve heard that a lot lately.
A few hours later, we watched Tiger Woods field questions from the media regarding his divorce. Again, regardless of how he got himself into this, discussing one’s impending separation from one’s children is inherently unpleasant. It was uncomfortable to watch, obviously.
So, in light of those headlines, how about something positive.
On Tuesday night, at a stunning private home in Saddle River, N.J., the PGA Tour Wives Association held a fundraiser to benefit Children’s Aid and Family Services in north New Jersey. A good 25-plus pros showed up with their wives or girlfriends, including Kenny Perry, whose wife Sandy has been a driving force within the association for a long time. Highlights of the live and silent auctions included a day of golf with Perry at his Country Creek Golf Club in Kentucky and a similar full-day experience at the TPC Myrtle Beach with Dustin Johnson. As you might imagine, the turnout was heavy, and the players and their wives did a fantastic job of entertaining the would-be donors.
Sandy Perry told us that this fundraiser had the potential to be the biggest in the association’s brief history, and the cause was certainly just – supporting medical care and other services to vulnerable kids, young adults, and the elderly. A little good news when we needed it.