By notching his first win as a professional, Evan Harmeling ensured that last week's Massachusetts Open would remain a memorable tournament in his own eyes. What the 24-year-old did with the winner's check, though, meant the tournament resonated with thousands more.
A resident of Andover, a suburb of Boston, Harmeling survived a three-hole playoff to hoist the trophy at Woodland Golf Club, his first victory since turning pro last May. With the title came $15,000 in winnings, the sum total of which Harmeling immediately donated to the One Boston Fund, a charity set up to help the victims and families affected by the April 13 Boston Marathon bombings.
'I wanted to give back,' said Harmeling, who graduated from Princeton in 2012. 'Being from the area, and it happening just a few months ago, it felt like the right thing to do.'
Harmeling finished the event with a 54-hole score of 5-under 211, and played the three-hole aggregate playoff in 2 under. After the tournament, he indicated that the decision to donate his winnings was made prior to the start of the final round.
'It gave me a little peace of mind,' added Harmeling, for whom the $15,000 pay day was reportedly a career-best. 'I was still nervous out there, but knowing I was playing to give more money to them, it definitely made me feel more comfortable.'
Harmeling will hope to carry forward the momentum from his maiden win north of the border this week, teeing it up in Calgary for the ATB Financial Classic on the PGA Tour Canada circuit.