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April 26, 2018

By Mark Williams, PGA TOUR Staff

If you’re looking for a team to cheer for at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, look no further than the Aussie pair of Cameron Percy and Greg Chalmers. In addition to choosing “Down Under” by Men at Work as their walk-up song, the duo began spreading good cheer and deeds before the starting bell rang.

It started with a tweet by Percy following a meeting with Chalmers the week before the unique team-format Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana.

“I've got no sponsors on my hat this year,” Percy told Chalmers. “Do you care if I send a tweet to ask if anybody wants to sponsor me for the week and donate the money to charity?”

After getting a few responses to his tweet, mostly funny suggestions from friends about what hats they’d like to see him wear, Percy received a reply within two days from Nick Paster.

Paster, the Vice President of Special Projects at Saferoom, based in Seattle, Washington, saw Percy’s tweet and offered to send hats and donate a significant amount of money to, the charity established by Chalmers, and his wife, Nicole. The charity, based in Dallas/Fort Worth, helps children with autism spectrum disorders gain access to educational services, therapies and cutting-edge bio-medical treatments. The couple have a 14-year-old son named Max who is autistic.

“I was amazed because I hadn’t even thought that was on the radar,” said Chalmers. “For him to organize that for my charity is phenomenal. It says a lot about Cam as a person.”

Saferoom was founded in Southern California and has been keeping top executives, government officials, homeowners, and their most valuable possessions safe in countries throughout the world since 1981. Saferoom designs, manufactures, tests and installs custom entry and ballistic-resistant solutions for any application worldwide – a safe room.

“The money Nick is giving will help one kid get speech therapy for a whole year,” said Percy. “He's donating to Greg's charity, which is just fantastic. So, I'm wearing the Saferoom hat this week.”

While on one of several phone calls with Paster leading into the Zurich Classic, Percy discovered that Paster’s mother teaches autistic children. The new friends will be texting each other back and forth during the week and Percy will take a few photos to share with Paster.

While Percy still seeks his first PGA TOUR win, Chalmers claimed his maiden victory at the 2016 Barracuda Championship. His win that week may have been the highlight of his career, but it was another Aussie, Rhein Gibson, who made an impression on Chalmers. For making an albatross on the final hole of the tournament, the tournament awarded Gibson $100,000, which he immediately donated to a couple of charities, including MAXimum Chances.

“It just happens to be Autism Awareness Month this month, so just couldn't have worked out better,” said Percy. “Thanks to Nick’s generosity, I’m happy to promote his business as best I can basically. I'm definitely trying to play well for him and Greg and make it worthwhile.”

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