Golfers pledge donations to aid Australian wildfire relief effort

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Golfers pledge donations to aid Australian wildfire relief effort

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Golfers pledge donations to aid Australian wildfire relief effort

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While the Australian bush fires continue to wage, professional golfers are doing what they can to help.

Cameron Smith, Nelly and Jessica Korda and Sarah Kemp are a few of the professional golfers dedicating their platform to the relief effort.

Smith’s performance at this week’s Sony Open will go toward helping the Australian wildfire relief effort. The 26-year-old Aussie pledged he would donate $500 per birdie and $1,000 for each eagle made at the Sony Open at Waiʻalae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Smith, who will make his first PGA Tour start of the year in Honolulu, encouraged his followers to also donate to the relief effort.

“Australia is burning, and I’m lost for words!” Smith wrote on Instagram Sunday. “Have personally had family members effected by the disaster, and it’s only the start of fire season. If anyone can donate, even the smallest amounts, clothes, blankets etc, it all counts… Everyone stay safe and my thoughts are with you!! Let’s make some birdies!

Nelly and Jessica Korda pledged they would each donate $150 for every birdie and $300 for every eagle made in the first three events of the LPGA season.

Sarah Kemp, from Sydney, Australia, also posted on Twitter she will donate $40 for every birdie and $20 for every eagle made during the ISPS Handa Vic Open and the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open to the Australian Red Cross.

The first two events of the 2020 LPGA season will be held in Florida. The ISPS Handa Vic Open and ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, the third and fourth events of the season, are expected to be held in Australia Feb. 6-9 and Feb. 13-16, respectively.

Since the bush fires began, millions of acres have burned. The areas affected are both residential and habitats for Australia’s wildlife. More than 20 people have died nationwide as of Monday and officials estimate nearly half a billion animals have been killed including a third of New South Wales’ koala population.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned Sunday the blazes could continue into late January or early February.

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