IRVING,TX -- When news of the indoor training facility for the Dallas Cowboys had collapsed it sent hundreds scrambling, including PGA tour veteran Rich Beem's family.
Dallas Cowboys scouting assistant Rich Behm was among those seriously injured in the accident, Behm as apposed to Beem, two names that sound the same. Imagine if you heard a family members name amongst a list of people who were involved in a serious situation, like you, Rich Beem felt he needed to do something.
The PGA tour has a preset schedule. It just so happens that the Byron Nelson and the Colonial are both tour stops in the DFW Metroplex, a perfect opportunity for Beem to help Behm.
"I got a few phone calls, emails about what had happened, just hearing the name it kind of made me think," Beem responded during a media session at Valley Ranch just before the start of the Byron Nelson Classic.
The PGA is extremely encouraging when it comes to it's players giving back to the proverbial "community." Over two million dollars was donated to local and national charities by PGA players in 2008.
Let us get down to business for Rich Behm. PGA pro Rich Beem will donate $100 for every birdie made by himself over the next two tournaments, The HP Byron Nelson Championship and The Crown Plaza Invitational At Colonial. This is not all the support Behm will get. In addition, and in an even more giving mood, Beem's next door neighbor has promised $10,000 for every stroke under par Beem finishes at the Byron Nelson and Colonial. For example: Beem finishes at Colonial five under par, $50,000 will be given to Rich Behm and family.
Today was the final day of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Unfortunately Rich Beem did not make the cut after shooting 72-73 in the first two days. Nevertheless Beem did sink two birdies which brings the amount of contributions to this day to $200.
Beem is scheduled to play at Colonial starting May 28th where he will have another chance to put more money in the pocket of Rich Behm.
The Dallas Cowboys and Callaway Golf teamed up during the Byron Nelson Championship to auction a set of Callaway Golf Clubs signed by members of the Dallas Cowboys. It is unknown by myself of the amount the clubs brought to Behm's family but this contributor is sure it was over $1,000. That is all the money I could bid at the time and I did not get the clubs.
Thank you Rich Beem, thank you PGA, thank you Dallas Cowboys, and thank you Callaway Golf. When tragedies happen, it is comforting to know that people all over this world have the ability to see a need and fulfill it from thousands of miles away.