aAlison Walshe grew up in Westford, some 25 miles northwest of where two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday. So when news reached the New England golfer, who was preparing for this week’s LPGA Tour event in Hawaii, she rallied her playing partners in solidarity of the victims and families of the heinous tragedy.

“LPGA gals wore these ribbons for Boston today,” @Walsheyyy tweeted, with the hashtags #lovemycity #bostonstrong

Walshe was not alone among golfers with Boston roots horrified and grief-stricken about the criminal events that unfolded at the Marathon. Keegan Bradley tweeted a poignant, “Thinking of Boston” shortly after the world learned of the explosions that killed three and injured almost 200.

James Driscoll put his anger into action by launching the “Birdies for Boston” campaign in conjunction with Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s OneFundBoston initiative. Driscoll, who earned his golfing chops at Charles River Country Club in Newton, will donate $1,000 for each birdie he makes at the Heritage tourney that started Thursday and next week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Driscoll entered the Heritage on the heels of two consecutive missed cut but clearly has an extra incentive to get to the weekend at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C. He got off to a quick start with a birdie on the second hole in Thursday’s opening round.


Emily Kay is a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly. You may follow Kay on Twitter @golfexaminer