HONOLULU – Australian PGA TOUR players Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith have kickstarted a campaign to help with the extensive bushfire crisis that has overrun their home country and have called upon their fellow TOUR pros from all nations to join the cause.
Leishman and Smith have vowed to donate funds for every birdie and eagle they make at this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii and have already received significant support from fellow Australian players in the field in Matt Jones, Cameron Davis, Cameron Percy and Rhein Gibson.
In a huge boost to the cause, the Presidents Cup – which was recently held in Melbourne Australia – and the PGA TOUR have committed to match any figures raised by any player in the Sony Open field up to $125,000. Smith and Leishman were both members of the International team in the competition. Continue reading on PGATour.com
Honolulu, HI – As Marc Leishman plays golf in Hawaii this week, he’ll be playing for his home country.
Leishman, a Virginia Beach resident, is from Warrnambool, Australia. His homeland is currently being devastated by bushfires.
The No. 28 ranked golfer in the world has pledged to donate $500 for every birdie and $1,000 for every eagle he records during this week’s PGA TOUR Sony Open in Hawaii. Additionally, several other organizations have pledged their support to bring the total donation per birdie to $850 and $2300 per eagle. Continue reading on WTKR.com
By Doug Milne, PGATOUR.COM
The Leishmans Begin Again Foundation
As far as the notion of fate goes, Marc and Audrey Leishman’s story makes a strong argument for the power of aligned stars.
Even at a time when death seemed determined to cut those stars from the sky.
Aligned stars, though, is more than some preordained, cosmic phenomenon. The course of one’s life is dictated largely by people encountered along the way. The relationship experience has a pretty impressive way of directing a life.
Not only is that experience working elegantly for Marc and Audrey, but through unlikely and terrifying circumstances, it also led to another special relationship that would help pave the way for their mission in life.
Marc and Audrey Leishman met many moons ago at a bar, arguably not the best spot for lasting relationships to start. Marc was in Williamsburg, Va. for a now-Korn Ferry Tour Monday qualifier. Audrey was there, at the Green Leafe Cafe, with friends gearing up for a concert.
“I’d had a few beers when I got the courage to go off and talk to her,” Marc joked. “It was a pretty quiet bar, and we just hit it off while I was drinking beers.”
Theirs would become one that defied the “met-in-a-bar” relationship odds.
By now, many people are at least familiar with the story of how Audrey nearly lost her life four years ago. What many don’t know, though, is that she nearly lost it because of, well, what people don’t know. MORE
Every year, the @BeginAgainFdtn Golf Classic continues to grow, and so does the number of families Marc & Audrey Leishman help in times of need.— Mitch Brown (@MitchBTV_) May 7, 2019
It’s a cause that’s become near & dear to @marcleish’s #PGATour friends too! (@Amanda_Balionis, @IBFinchy)⛳️https://t.co/LeUDO5u7TF pic.twitter.com/9f4UiKHdvz
On the eve of the 2015 Masters, you could have forgiven Marc Leishman for assuming the impending major was the most important thing in his life.
However, after his wife Audrey was rushed to the hospital while he was completing practice rounds at Augusta, losing a tournament was the last thing on his mind, because he nearly lost much more. Audrey was placed in a medically induced coma, suffering from toxic shock syndrome. After 96 hours and a number of experimental treatments, Audrey beat the odds and pulled through.
The near tragedy birthed a fresh perspective for Marc, and a new opportunity for the Leishmans. They have since started the Begin Again Celebrity Classic at Bayville Golf Club in Virginia Beach. The two day event featuring a Gala and 18 holes raises awareness and money for others suffering from similar medical conditions, and Marc, he’ll never forget that on the eve of this event or any other, the result doesn’t matter nearly as much as those you share it with. MORE
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – PGA TOUR professional Marc Leishman and wife Audrey hosted the third annual Begin Again Celebrity Classic presented by The Somers Jones Group and Merrill Lynch, a two-day event to help families in need in the Virginia Beach community and beyond.
“Since its inception, the Begin Again Foundation has received tremendous support and love from many and we couldn’t be more excited to show our appreciation as we host our Celebrity Classic for the third year,” says Marc Leishman. “This year, we have so much to share that our past one-day event has turned into two as we showcase why we do what we do.” MORE