PGA Tour Rookie Smylie Kauffman Strives to Aid Louisiana Flood Victims


Smylie Kaufman was tied for third at the Deutsche Bank Championship heading into the final day.

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NORTON, Mass. — The elite of the PGA Tour, the 30 fortunate players who qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship, will have a week of rest to prepare for the Sept. 22-25 tournament.

Smylie Kaufman may well be one of those fellows. But he will not spend the third weekend of September with his feet on the couch watching his alma mater, Louisiana State, play Mississippi State in football. He is planning on being in the Baton Rouge area, though not for a game. Rather, he will be raising money for flood victims as well as heightening awareness of their plight.

Three other PGA Tour players who also went to L.S.U. will join Kaufman. They will try to help the many children who have been displaced because their schools were flooded. The governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, said recently that the state had sustained more than $8.7 billion in damage from floods last month.

“A lot of schools down there got extremely flooded,” Kaufman…

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