The Good Guy(or Gal) Award
It seems I only give out Knucklehead awards but sometimes there are people whose good deeds deserve attention.
Today's winner is PGA tour golfer Rory Sabbatini. The golfer has taken not just to wearing camoflague pants on Thursday rounds to honor US troops overseas, but the golfer donates money to a war widows charity fund every time he makes a birdie or eagle. Rory isn't even a US Citizen but South African. Link to this news article at- http://www.smh.com.au/news/Golf/Hidden-agenda-the-camouflage-pants-raising-money-for-war-widows/2005/06/03/1117568382286.html?oneclick=true
Dublin, Ohio: If Rory Sabbatini qualifies for the NEC Invitational this year, those in the know won't disparage his unusual choice of Thursday attire, which is actually a tribute to soldiers in Iraq.
The 29-year-old South African started wearing camouflage pants in February as a tribute to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which provides aid to families of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
His wife, Amy, read an article about the US government's poor death benefits and the charity in an airline magazine and called it to his attention.
With Sabbatini donating $US250 ($332) for each birdie and $US1000 for each eagle, the fund jumped by $US1500 after the first round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Sabbatini turned in his best score in camouflage, firing a six-under-par 66 to trail leader Jeff Sluman by one shot.
But the day's buzz surrounded Sabbatini's clothing, which he said drew sniggers and jibes of "nice pants" from many in the gallery.
"If they actually realised what was behind it, they may feel worse than I could ever have or more embarrassed than I would ever have," he said.
Sabbatini said he went through about 20 camouflage prints before the PGA Tour found a style it felt was "reasonable golfing attire" that he could wear at any country club in the nation.
"This is the new Marine jungle print," he said of the heavy cotton with a small pattern of dark olive, brown and black.
"We'd been looking for a charity that really meant a lot to us," Sabbatini said. "The compensation is pretty pitiful when it comes to helping support families. It's something that touched us deeply."
Kudos to you Rory and also to your wife Amy.