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PGA TOUR players pledge support to Oklahoma tornado victims

John Peterson, who has family ties to Moore, Okla, is among a group of players who have pledged their support.

May 21, 2013

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

FORT WORTH, Texas -- John Peterson has relatives on his father's side who live in Moore, Okla., and though they were not directly impacted by the deadly tornadoes on Monday, Peterson  will be part of a charitable effort by PGA TOUR pros donating money to the Red Cross relief fund this week.

Peterson, Justin Bolli, Casey Wittenberg, Nicholas Thompson and Stuart Appleby each plan to donate $100 for every birdie and $500 for every eagle each player posts during this week's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Their donations will go to the American Red Cross of Oklahoma relief effort. The program is called #MooreBirdiesandEagles.

Peterson has a cousin and her husband who live in Moore, as well as his uncle's daughter. All were accounted for and did not suffer any damage to their properties.

"They had friends that were affected by it," Peterson said. "We were really lucky."

Peterson said his uncle's daughter recently married and moved to Moore six months ago.

"They are probably going to think about relocating soon," Peterson said. "It was pretty sad."

The five players above are managed by Blue Giraffe Sports, and the company plans to match their donations.

In addition, Wittenberg's sponsor, JAN-PRO of Atlanta, will donate $500 for each birdie and $1,000 for each eagle that Wittenberg posts this week. Wittenberg was a standout player at Oklahoma State before turning pro.

“Having spent my college days in Oklahoma, I felt it was important to help the victims and their families from this devastating storm," Wittenberg said in a statement.

"Hopefully, the other Blue Giraffe clients and myself will play well this week and be able to contribute to the clean-up efforts by making lots of birdies and eagles."

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