Fowler, Mahan to donate to tornado relief efforts


With the city of Moore, Okla. devastated by a catastrophic tornado Monday, a pair of former Oklahoma State Cowboys have announced plans to personally help out with relief efforts.

Rickie Fowler played collegiately in Stillwater, Okla. from 2007-2009 before turning professional. Speaking Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, the 24-year-old explained plans to enhance a donation drive already in place this week at Colonial Country Club.

'I'm going to be matching the first $100,000 brought in by spectators,' said Fowler. 'I will be matching that and see if we can get the spectators involved here, and thanks for Crowne Plaza and the Crowne Plaza Invitational for giving me the opportunity to do it.'

Like Fowler, Hunter Mahan played his college golf at Oklahoma State, where he was named Big XII Male Golfer of the Year in both 2002 and 2003. He empathized Wednesday with the plight faced by those left in the aftermath of the storm.

'It's a tough thing because it's so sudden,' explained Mahan, who now resides in Colleyville, Texas, a suburb of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. 'You really can't imagine ... how people's lives change so drastically and so fast, and how they lose so much in a matter of minutes.'

Mahan confirmed that he plans to make a donation to the Red Cross to help directly with relief efforts.

'I think that seems like the best place for it,' he noted. 'They drop everything to go help out and they always do a great job.

'People need so much right now, it's really crazy,' he added. 'It's crazy to think what the people are going through right now.'