Ryan Palmer Foundation Exhibition

A panhandle pro athlete comes to town, all for a good cause.

Golf players and fans from our area headed to Pampa, some to tee off with Ryan Palmer, others to show their support for his foundation.

PGA pro and Amarillo native came back to his roots, all to raise money for the Ryan Palmer Foundation, which is aimed at helping kids in need.

August 27th at noon, 36 teams made up of a parent and one child played a 9 hole tournament.

All proceeds of the tournament benefit the Birdies 4 Brighter Smiles Program, will help kids in Pampa needing dental and orthodontic care.

It's the second year for the parent child event.

Last year they were in Borger, and Palmer says this year they are aimed at getting surrounding cities involved.

He tells us, "we were able to come to Pampa, Texas this year and play at the Pampa Country Club, where actually I played a lot of junior events.  It's great to see parents bring out their kids to come out and play."

Next it was time for the 18 hole exhibition.

Ryan Palmer Foundation Executive Director Becky Ringlbauer says, "we're going to be able to follow him through 18 holes of golf here at Pampa Country Club and he's going to be out here signing autographs, we've got lots of great merchandise that we're going to have here."

Palmer says the tourny allows kids to learn more about golf, and get some prizes along the way.

There was a lot of merchandise for sale, as well as a silent auction, with all proceeds benefiting his foundation.

"One in particular is the British open flag signed by Rory Mcllroy, we've got t-shirts and hats wit hour foundation logo, the bag I carried at the US Open is here and so is the one I carried last week at the PGA."

He tells us he likes to give back to the panhandle because it's important to remember where you came from, and also pay thanks to those who molded him into the athlete he is today.

Palmer says, "it's my way of saying thanks to the folks of Amarillo and the surrounding areas where I grew up and the people around that helped me become the man and the golfer 

The Ryan Palmer Foundation was founded in 2004.

Now, ten years later the foundation continues to grow and help children through various programs within the Texas Panhandle, Dallas area and College Station.

August 18th  will be the 11th Annual Ryan Palmer Foundation Charity Golf Tournament.

It will be at the Tascosa Country Club.

There will be pictures with Ryan at 9 a.m., followed by an exhibition with him at 11.

Tee time will be at noon.

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