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Don’t Mess with Texas

By PGA of America, 09/07/17, 4:15PM EDT


How two competing Texas All-Star teams uplifted each other in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Axis All-Stars

The Axis All-Stars after their Sub-Regional win that sent them to the Regional.

Brookhaven All-Stars

Members of the Brookhaven All-Stars pose for a picture.

The Brookhaven All-Stars of the Dallas area and the Axis All-Stars of greater Houston will meet as competitors at the PGA Junior League Southwest Regional in Denver this weekend. But off the course, they’re each other’s biggest supporters.

Just two weeks before the Regional, Hurricane Harvey devastated southern Texas, destroying homes and leaving many areas underwater. Now, the region is left picking up the pieces.

The Axis All-Stars' home facility is Woodforest Golf Club in Montgomery, Texas. Montgomery is located within Montgomery County – a county that saw widespread sustained damage from the hurricane. After Hurricane Harvey passed, Brookhaven All-Stars Captain Joey Anders, PGA, and Coach Kelli McKandless, LPGA, didn’t hesitate to reach out to Axis All-Stars Captain EJ Kim, PGA, and offer a helping hand.

“Everything that happened in Houston is horrible, but it didn’t really hit home until I realized we would be competing against an All-Star team from the area,” said Anders. “I realized quickly they may not be able to practice, their PGA Professional could be out of work, or worse.”

Anders and McKandless are proud to call Brookhaven Country Club a family-oriented club that’s welcoming of everyone. It’s exactly why they opened their doors and offered to house Kim and his entire Axis All-Star team and their families; they knew their membership would step up to help.

      We would hope if roles were reversed, someone would have the kindness in their heart to do the same for us.

–Kelli McKandless, LPGA, Assistant Coach of the Brookhaven All-Stars


Amazingly, Kim’s team did not need to take Brookhaven up on its generous offer because his team was safe. “We’ve checked on everyone and they’re all OK. We have kids scattered throughout the region, including hard hit areas like Katy and Humble, but everyone’s doing fine and not facing severe damage.”

Even though they didn’t need to take them up on the offer, Kim made it clear he was grateful for and humbled by the support of the Brookhaven team.

“The fact that they offered was so extremely kind, and we truly appreciated it,” added Kim.

We’re proud to see the team spirit and camaraderie that PGA Junior League represents between these Texas teams, and we’re excited to welcome them to Colorado for a fun weekend of competition!