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Cejka has solid first round at Nationwide Children’s; pledges money for Houston area

Alex Cejka smiling about his tied for 3rd place first day with a -4 67 (megasportsnews.com photo)

PRESS CONFERENCE AUDIO WITH ALEX CEJKA

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Columbus, O. — Alex Cejka was in a smiling mood as he came off the 18th green Thursday afternoon.

He had just completed a nice round, bogey-free,  4-under, 67 on the tough Ohio State Scarlet course with breezy conditions.

No, he is not leading the pack but he is one of the leaders along with Keith Mitchell, 6-under 67, Abraham Ancer, 5-under 66 and Sam Saunders, whom Cejka is tied for third with, 4-under 67.

With three days left, it is anybody’s tournament. First round leaders rarely go wire-to-wire.

Cejka, who is 46 and a member of the PGA Tour, was also smiling when members of the media asked him about if it was true he would be donating money for every birdie he gets during the Web.com Tour Finals which the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship kicks off.

”Yes, to Houston” he said. We have a deal. I have a couple of friends that are going to chip in. I have $100 for each birdie I make, and I have a couple friends that are going to chip in to match what I do. And you know, at least we could make four birdies today and contribute a little bit, you know.”

Where did the idea come from?

”You know, you want to help,” Cejka said. You want to help, and a disaster like this happens, and people are just in a bad place and unlucky. and my wife likes to help, and when we can, luckily our home is in Vegas is safe. so you want to help people. They are not so lucky. So we decided to during the playoffs, all four weeks, every birdie I make we’re going to donate a little bit, and I needed to add a couple buddies.”

Cejka says he would have helped and donated anyway no matter if it was Houston or Utah. ”It’s a disaster, he said. ” It happens here in the States like regular, like every three or four years. So you know, it’s a shame. But we’re going to fix it, even if it’s a couple bucks, we’re just trying to help.”

The 5’8, 170-pound golfer, was born in Czechoslovakia. He left there with his parents as a refugee at age 9 and eventually settling in Munich where he became a German citizen.

He turned pro in 1989 and has 12 wins spread over four different tours.