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Local pro looks to 'pink out' the Wyndham Championship

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GREENSBORO -- Typically, whenever fans get "[insert color here]'ed out" for a sporting event, it's pretty black (Jacksonville football "bad black" or terrifying Virginia Tech football fans on Thursday night in dark shirts "good black") and white (the embarrassment that was the Miami Heat in their playoff run).

Drew Weaver wants patrons of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro to try a new approach during Friday's play: pink.

And while pink may not be the favorite color of every fan, this is a cause absolutely worth supporting -- Weaver's mother, Cathy, was diagnosed with breast cancer in December and went through two surgeries and treatment for the disease.

"I was just really honored that Drew wanted to do this," Cathy Weaver said. "Drew's kind of quiet about stuff like this, but this was his idea. For him to do something like this is just wonderful, and he's been extremely supportive."

Weaver, the 2007 British Amateur champ and a sponsor's exemption for the Wyndham, is a High Point native (a town that also produced, ahem, yours truly) and typically one of the biggest draws at Greensboro's pro tournament because of the large local following he attracts.

"Thankfully, my mother has come through her treatments, and she's doing well," Weaver said after Thursday's round. "But I still want to raise awareness, and I hope a lot of people will wear pink shirts to the tournament."

Golf fans may also remember that this isn't the first mid-tournament awareness work for Weaver, a graduate of Virginia Tech who paid tribute to the tragic campus shooting in Blacksburg during his run at Augusta.

This particular action, though, hits a lot closer to home, literally. And, all hometown favoritism aside, it's pretty darn fantastic -- given all the bad publicity that certain members of the PGA have gotten in the last year or so -- seeing a kid Weaver's age make such an impressive public statement for such a worthy cause.

Weaver played Thursday's round in a solid three-under 67, good enough for a tie for 38th place. But he's already six shots behind leader Arjun Atwa, who shot an astonishing, record-tying 61 to lead the field by two strokes heading into Friday.

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