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How One Donation Changed a Pro Golfer's Life

Updated: Jan 4



At Pay it FOREward, we believe in the power of dreams and the transformational impact they can have on people's lives. Our mission is to pave the way for talented professional golfers who face financial obstacles in their pursuit of greatness. We are passionate golf enthusiasts who have come together to make a tangible difference in the lives of dedicated athletes like Johnny De Los Reyes.

Our Mission: Breaking Down Financial Barriers

Our mission is clear and unwavering: to shatter the financial barriers that stand in the way of professional golfers realizing their dreams. We know that passion, talent, and dedication should be the driving forces behind a golfer's success, not their financial circumstances. With your support, we can make these dreams a reality.

Our Vision: Uniting Fans and Athletes for Success

At Pay it FOREward, we've created a unique platform that unites ardent golf fans with gifted athletes. Through this connection, we provide essential housing and financial support, allowing these talented golfers to fully focus on their competition and unleash their true potential on the golf course.

How You Can Make a Difference:

Donations received are 100% tax deductible directly impact the lives of professional golfers we are supporting. Zero to Overhead Johnny's Story



Allow me to introduce our first athlete, Johnny De Los Reyes. Johnny, a native of Antioch, CA, enjoyed numerous victories in junior golf tournaments across Northern California during his early years. His exceptional talent earned him a scholarship at St. Mary's College, where he set a historic record for the lowest season scoring average in the college's history. In his senior year, he achieved an impressive 11-stroke victory in the Conference championship.


Johnny went on to secure multiple wins in professional golf events and qualified for PGA Tour Q-School - 2nd Stage on numerous occasions. Saying he's talented is an understatement. However, as the years passed and the costs of traveling and competing continued to rise, Johnny had to make tough decisions, often working in various golf courses in the Central Valley to sustain his dream. 

"I've never been a full-time golfer. I've always had to worry about where my next paycheck was coming from, let alone come up with $5000 for a tournament entry fee," he shared. 

There were a few instances in 2019 when Johnny, crunching the numbers in his head, told himself, "If I can win these next 3 events, I can afford Q-school this year." 

And guess what? He went on to win those three events. Johnny's ability to overcome adversity and thrive under pressure is in his DNA, a testament to his mental fortitude. Earlier this summer, faced with a similar financial challenge, Johnny almost had to pass on competing in PGA Tour Q-School this year. But thanks to a generous donation that covered his $5000 entry fee, he secured his membership on the PGA Tour Americas for the 2024 season. ⭐️

He rose to the occasion, shooting a remarkable 17- under par for a 4-day tournament, including a phenomenal third-round score of 61. Official Scorecard


His outstanding performance earned him the Medalist T1 position at the qualifying site, securing him a spot on PGA Tour Americas.



Our journey, transforming a dream into a tangible reality, is a striking example of the transformative power of your contributions. This isn't just a theory; it's a proven fact, exemplified by Johnny's inspiring story. Johnny's journey in becoming a champion isn't just his own—it's a story of breaking down financial obstacles and empowering exceptional talent through your support. His success is a testament to what we can accomplish together when we provide aspiring athletes with the resources they need to soar. This is the heart of our mission, and you are a key part of this incredible narrative.

The Time is Now

As these talented players climb the ladder of success, they encounter an escalating challenge: rising costs. This crucial juncture is where your support becomes vital. Your help can bridge the gap between potential and achievement, ensuring that financial constraints don't hinder their progress towards their dreams.


How can a player limited to 2-3 competitions a year truly match up against professionals participating in 25-30 events annually? It's not just about talent; it's about opportunity. Johnny, like many skilled golfers, deserves his shot. Our mission is to level the playing field, supporting not only those born into affluence but every promising athlete with a dream. Your contribution, regardless of its size, has the power to dramatically transform lives and shape careers. Together, we're not just funding athletes; we're dismantling financial barriers that obstruct dreams. Let's ensure that every aspiring champion gets their fair chance to compete, grow, and succeed.

Donate today and be a part of the Pay it FOREward movement. Your support can change lives and inspire future champions on the golf course.

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