By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
Boo Weekley's wife Karyn was on a mission. She knew how much good the $50,000 that goes along with winning PGA TOUR Player of the Month presented by Avis could do for two of their family's favorite charities.
So Karyn got on the phone and got out the vote. Turns out Weekley, who won the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, garnered 60 percent of the vote and beat Tiger Woods, Sang-moon Bae and Derek Ernst for May honors. So Vision of Hope and Christ's Starfish Foundation will split the donation made by Avis in Weekley's name.
"My wife works on both of their faculties trying to raise money for their two charities," Weekley said. "They've been struggling the last couple of years. But for Avis being able to put up the cash for us to be able to do this and to win the fans' vote and my wife went viral with this as soon as we found out.
"I mean, she was calling up Dale (Earnhardt) Jr., called up everybody that we knew just trying to get this out and about to get people to vote. The whole school board where I live at, they went viral with it. ... I'm friends with the sheriff down there, and he's got all the police department from Escambia County all the way to Defuniak Springs voting on it, so it was pretty big."
So was his win at Colonial, the third of Weekley's PGA TOUR career. He fired a final-round 66 and overtook the red-hot Matt Kuchar, who ended up winning the following week at the Memorial Tournament.
"Just being able to play at that level and stay in the zone for four days, for a lot of us players out here, that's kind of hard to do and I actually did it and turns out that I ended up winning tournament," Weekley said. "... Overall to win a tournament that's got so much history to it with Ben Hogan being one of my heros and now my name is up on the wall with his, it's an awesome feeling."
Weekley is looking forward to playing in this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic, which is only about 8 hours from his Florida home. He has family living nearby in Alabama and Mississippi who will be in his gallery so it's like old home week for him.
"I enjoy the people up here because they understand what I'm saying when I'm talking," Weekley said. "We don't have to do no translating amongst us. We're all kind of southerners.
"This golf course sets up real good for me. I like the Bermudagrass on the greens. It's one of those courses I feel like I can win on, too. It's just I haven't done it. I've played decent here a couple times, but haven't excelled enough for four days. I think this is going to tune me up a little bit for Merion next week."