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Continuing the Healing in Alabama

Dicky Pride is again ready to raise funds to assist those trying to recover from the devastating tornado that hit Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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October 3, 2011

By Doug Milne, PGA TOUR Staff

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss

Few things mean more to PGA TOUR winner Dicky Pride than Tuscaloosa, AL. He was born and raised there, attended college at the University of Alabama and, to this day, has family firmly rooted there. A fourth generation Pride to call Tuscaloosa home, Dicky spent the first 22 years of his life on Crimson Tide soil.


When the catastrophic, events of April 27 cut a swath of annihilation across the state of Alabama, with an emphatically, heavy hit on Tuscaloosa, the heart which housed the love for Pride’s hometown sank to new lows. An F5 tornado, the most damaging of all, swept mercilessly through Tuscaloosa, literally wiping 12 percent of the entire town off the map. Best estimates were that when the tornado barreled through Tuscaloosa, it was nearly a mile wide and cast unfathomable winds upward of 260 mph. The tornado decimated hundreds of homes in four bordering neighborhoods, leaving just two houses standing, though barely. More than 50 people died in the disaster. The destruction stretched as far as the eye could see. Winds ripped buildings on McFarland and 15th Street, the heart of Tuscaloosa, from their foundations leaving them unrecognizable to even the most local of locals. Fortunately, Pride’s family was spared from the devastation. 


Courtney Streelman, wife of PGA TOUR player Kevin Streelman, shares the same sentiment and sorrow. Like Pride, Courtney was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, where she also attended high school.


“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” – Edward Hale


When Courtney returned from a week of volunteering in Tuscaloosa, her restive demeanor and morose, heavy heart were on her sleeve. It was then that the Streelmans, Pride and Pride’s former Crimson Tide teammate and PGA TOUR compatriot, Jason Bohn, decided on a call to action.


Following countless hours of ironing out logistics and formulating a plan, the Tuscaloosa team announced the Tee it Up Fore Tuscaloosa Charity Golf Tournament at Indian Hills Country Club in Tuscaloosa on Oct, 9-10.


With support from the PGA TOUR and its players, this event is designed to raise money for the tornado relief efforts in the affected area. And it needs help.


“It’s such an honor for Kevin to be a part of such an amazing organization that is the PGA TOUR,” Courtney said. “It is so special for us to have that platform and support to make this thing a reality.”


With the two-day event now less than a week away, the Streelmans, Pride and Bohn are thrilled with the legions of support they’ve received. Be it support from friends and family or total strangers, Team Tuscaloosa is optimistic.



“I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there can be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to my fellow human being, let me do it now and not deflect or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.” – William Penn


It’s been 18 years since Ken Venturi’s famous telecast call “Why not Dicky Pride?” as Pride sank a 25-foot birdie putt in a playoff for his first TOUR win at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. His classic, winning reaction now burned into viewers’ memories spoke volumes to his elation. It would be hard to argue that he’s any less elated today with the way in which this event is coming together.


“I am truly amazed by the number of random people who have come forward for this cause,” Pride said. “I mean, I’ve had guys I played with in pro-ams 15 and 16 years ago call and say ‘Hey, remember me? Count me in!’ It makes Courtney, Kevin, Jason and I feel so fortunate to have such support.”   


“There are so many bad, negative things we hear and see on the news all the time,” Courtney said. “But things like this, and the way people are embracing it, really restores one’s faith in the human race.”


There is something to be said about time. Maybe it doesn’t heal all wounds but, according to Courtney, time does have a way of making people forget. Pride echoes the sentiment. “We’ve all got to do everything in our heart to help,” he implored. “Equal to the strength of its competition is the PGA TOUR’s unwavering commitment to helping people heal over time, not let them be forgotten about. That, to me, is the greatest thing about the PGA TOUR.” 


While space is filling up, the event hosts are encouraging others to become involved in the event that will also feature PGA TOUR pros Jason Dufner, Mark Wilson, Steve Marino, Brian Gay, Johnson Wagner, Kris Blanks, Glen Day, Tom Gillis and Michael Bradley, as well as Champions Tour player Jerry Pate and former PGA TOUR player and current Golf Channel broadcaster Charlie Rymer.


To register, please send an email to teeitupfortuscaloosa@yahoo.com or click here


All proceeds will be gifted to local 501(3)(c) charities for the sole purpose of tornado recovery and rebuilding in Tuscaloosa. The beneficiaries include the Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund, Community Foundation of West Alabama, Boys & Girls Clubs of West Alabama and Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter. 

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