Supporter Spotlight: Austen Truslow

Posted on April 16, 2019

Professional golfer, Austen Truslow, is on a journey to achieve his dream of playing on the PGA Tour. Last year, he launched a campaign to help children in foster care realize their dreams of a permanent, loving family.

“Golf is an individual sport, and it can sometimes feel as if you are only serving yourself,” Austen shared. “I am grateful to have been raised in a loving home, and I want to make sure more children can have a childhood like mine.”

Through his Birdies for Charity drive, Austen gathered pledges from family and friends for each birdie he made in competition in 2018, with every dollar benefiting the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

The campaign raised more than $5,000 in support of Foundation’s commitment to finding adoptive homes for the more than 123,000 children waiting in foster care across the United States.

“Birdies for Charity gave more meaning to my tournaments last year,” says Austen, a native of New Smyrna Beach, FL. “Helping these children is something everyone should want to do.”

Austen wanted to support the cause in honor of his mother, Andrea, who has worked with children in foster care for many years as a volunteer with Florida’s Guardian ad Litem Program.

“I am proud of Austen’s Birdies for Charity campaign,” said Andrea. “I have witnessed the pain children suffer when they are in limbo, whether in foster care or elsewhere, without a permanent family. Adoptive homes for these children are needed more than ever.”

In January, Austen secured his card to play full-time on the Asian Tour in 2019. He also finished in the Top 10 at the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open and competed in The Honda Classic earlier this year.

Thank you, Austen!

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