Ernie Els, Nick Price among celebrities in Virginia Beach for 3rd annual Begin Again Celebrity Classic

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

Celebrities join Leishman for charity golf tournament

VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) – Marc and Audrey Leishman’s story has resonated throughout the sports world. Audrey’s near-death experience from Toxic Shock Syndrome inspired her and her PGA Tour husband to start the “Begin Again” Foundation, which provides financial aid to families facing medical hardships.

A number of star athletes and other celebrities decided to lend a helping hand to the Leishman’s cause, and made the trip to Bayville Golf Club for the couple’s third annual “Begin Again” Celebrity Classic. MORE

Wife’s health scare gives Leishman new outlook on golf

By Scott Michaux |

There’s a universal refrain shared at Augusta Na­tional Golf Club this week, from players and patrons to media and members: We’re lucky to be here.

Few, however, understand that more palpably than Australian golfer Marc Leishman.

“This time last year, everything was normal,” Leishman said before Masters Week. “My wife got sick the week before the Masters. It’ll be interesting to see how it feels going back there for the first time, because that’s where I got the call when I was there the week before for practice rounds.”

A year ago, Leishman left Au­gus­ta National in the wee hours after getting an emergency call from his wife, Audrey. His entire world was crashing down when she was barely clinging to life in a Virginia Beach, Va., hospital with toxic shock syndrome. He wasn’t sure he’d ever be back. MORE

‘My wife nearly died while I was playing the Masters’

By Mark Cannizzaro

AUGUSTA, Ga. — For those fortunate enough to make the drive down Magnolia Lane, it’s a special and memorable experience.

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For Marc Leishman, the drive down the iconic, narrow, tree-lined lane that leads to the fabled Augusta National clubhouse on Monday was like none he had ever taken.

Leishman, the 32-year-old Aussie, has made the drive before, having played the 2010, 2013 and 2014 Masters. But this one was different. It’s deeper and more meaningful.

A year ago, Leishman was forced to flee Augusta National on the eve of the Masters when he received word that his wife, Audrey, had been hospitalized with potentially deadly toxic shock syndrome. MORE

PGA Tour star Marc Leishman and his wife’s brush with death

By Brian Parsons

VIRGINIA BEACH (WAVY) — This time last year, Marc Leishman was in Augusta preparing to play in the Masters. That’s when he received a phone call to return home to Virginia Beach. His wife Audrey had been hospitalized.

“It turned out she got put straight into ICU and things went downhill from there,” Marc Leishman said.

Audrey was diagnosed with acute respiratory distress and toxic shock syndrome. Her organs were shutting down and she was placed in a medically induced coma.

“I basically got told without saying it that she was going to die,” Leishman said.

Doctors gave Audrey a five percent chance to live, but after a couple days in a coma, Audrey began to improve.

“I think about where I was and what could have happened,” Audrey said. “I know that it is pretty much nothing short of a miracle.” MORE

The best, worst, year of Marc Leishman’s life

Photography by ERIC LUSHER
Photography by ERIC LUSHER


Marc, a PGA Tour golfer, had raced home from Augusta, Georgia, where he was practicing for the Masters. Audrey was in the ICU at Sentara Princess Anne and it already appeared too late.

Through a haze of fear, fatigue and heartbreak, Marc heard the pulmonologist say his wife’s best hope – her only hope, really – was a medically induced coma.

“They said we have to do this right now or she’ll die,” he says. “It was her best chance, but the chances still were not good.”

They were worse than not good. They were 5 percent. Audrey, a healthy, vibrant mother of two young boys, was dying of toxic shock syndrome and acute respiratory distress. Her organs were failing. Her lungs were so full of fluid that she rattled as she breathed on the ventilator.  MORE

Aussies to do their bit at Presidents Cup

With a third of the team hailing from these shores there will be no questioning the Australian contribution to the 11th Presidents Cup which gets underway in Korea tomorrow.

Adam ScottSpearheaded by the Internationals’ highest ranked player, Jason Day, there are three automatic qualifiers and a Captain’s Pick representing Australia over the four days and they will be expected to contribute plenty both on and off the course.