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Steph Curry makes sizable donation to Tour player whose wife is battling cancer

Steph Curry makes sizable donation to Tour player whose wife is battling cancer

Steph Curry may have finished in last place at the Ellie Mae Classic last week, but that didn't stop him from doing something thoughtful for a player on the Tour.

During a press conference after he finished the second round at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Curry revealed that he made a $25,000 donation to the GoFundMe page for Jenn Harrington, the wife of Tour player Scott Harrington, who is battling Hodgkins Lymphoma.

"I was made aware of Scott Harrington, who is a professional Tour (player), who has taken a leave (of absence) to be with his wife who is battling cancer. I can't put into words the thoughts and feelings around what their family is going through. I had a chance to talk to him on the phone this morning and let him know that as part of my participation in the tournament this year, that I was going to donate $25,000 to the GoFundMe page that's there to support his family as his wife is battling. The Ellie Mae Tournament is donating $15,000 as well," Curry told reporters in Hayward last week.

According to the Harrington's GoFundMe page, here's what Jenn has had to endure:

"In August of 2017, Jenn was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, then deemed free and clear in December of the same year. On May 11, 2018, doctors informed her the cancer had returned, and that Jenn would have to endure an intense chemotherapy program for two to three months, eventually undergoing a bone marrow transplant to hopefully rid herself of the cancer for good. In turn, Scott has applied for a Special Medical/Family Crisis Extension from the Tour so that he can be with Jenn during her courageous battle, putting his chase for a PGA TOUR card on hold to be with her."

Steph Curry within eight shots of the lead after first round at 2018 Ellie Mae Classic

Steph Curry within eight shots of the lead after first round at 2018 Ellie Mae Classic

Last year, Steph Curry shot 74's in both rounds of's Ellie Mae Classic and missed the cut by 11 shots.

This year, he got off to a better start, putting himself in position to chase the cutline on Friday.

Curry started on the back nine at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward and posted a +3 38. He bogeyed 13, 15 and 16.

After making the turn onto the front nine, Curry bogeyed the second hole and stood at +4. But he birdied the next hole and closed the round with birdies on 7 and 8 to finish with a +1 71.

Curry is currently tied for 109th place. Adam Long, Seth Reeves and Samuel Del Val are tied for the lead at -7.

Steph Curry opines on player movement in today's NBA and if he can make the cut at Stonebrae

Steph Curry opines on player movement in today's NBA and if he can make the cut at Stonebrae

HAYWARD -- It’s good to be the king, simultaneously atop two mountains, one physically and the other metaphorically, as Stephen Curry was on Tuesday.

Weeks removed from winning back-to-back NBA championships with the Warriors, Curry stood at the podium at Stonebrae Country Club in the Hayward hills, overlooking most of the Bay Area, and chatted about today’s NBA and well as his golf game, including the heights it may never reach.

Despite his passion for golf -- he’s playing this weekend in the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae for the second consecutive year -- Curry reiterated that he has no plans to pursue playing at the professional level after retiring from the NBA.

Curry on the dynamic movement in the NBA this summer and the effect on the Warriors:

“If you go through history, there’s has been blockbuster moves and trades every year, or most years,” he said. “Every team is trying to beat the champs, so nothing is really surprising. You just sit back and survey the league, survey what’s going on, and how we can get back on top this coming year and three-peat.

“There’s been some big names, obviously, with LeBron (James) and other guys moving. We need to control what we can control and be a better team this year. We have a couple new additions, so we’ve got to hit the ground running in September, in training camp. As every year is, chasing a championship, a different year and you can’t just carbon copy what you did last year and be successful.”

On LeBron’s I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, and commitments made by players around the league to various civic and social causes:

“It was amazing to see,” Curry said. “Every NBA player is trying to find a way to impact the city the play in or wherever they’re from or communities at large and at-risk youth or whatever the case is. It’s very visible what guys are doing. And sometimes, there is stuff that happens behind the scenes that nobody knows about.”

On whether he shot a 67 at Stonebrae, as claimed by Warriors teammate Andre Igoudala, on an off day during the postseason and whether he can replicate such a round under tournament conditions:

“I hope so,” Curry said. “Every golfer hopes you can repeat (their) best round on whatever course you play, try to repeat those swings if you’re in a groove. You never know. So I’m going to use the next 48 hours to get right. Get in as many swings as I can, come with high expectations on Thursday and see what happens.”

On the feeling of that 67 at Stonebrae, perhaps his best round ever:

“It’s kind of like when you’re shooting (a basketball). You don’t really think about much. You’re just shooting. It’s the same thing out here. When you have days like that, it’s always fun. That’s what keeps you coming back.”

On his hopes this weekend and whether he can make the cut this year, after missing it by 11 shots last summer:

“As a true golf nut, whether I can execute it or not is another question. But I feel like I can shave off 11 shots. Who knows what the cut will be this year? But that’s my goal.

“I feel like I could use the experience last year and the few chances I get to play tournament golf to my advantage and see what happens. I’ve just got to get off to a better start and not hit it into a cupholder or a golf cart on the first shot.”

On the difference competing at the American Century Championship Celebrity tournament in Lake Tahoe, as he has in recent years, and battling players on the developmental tour, such as at Stonebrae this weekend:

“In Tahoe, I feel like I’m one of the better guys out there, so it’s a different kind of confidence,” Curry said.

“Out here, I know I’m in over my head in terms of talent and preparation.”

It appears, then, that finding his way atop the mountain representing golf may be a bit too much for even Stephen Curry.