Only three days after starting a GoFundMe page to help finance his trip to play in the 2016 Masters, U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Sammy Schmitz has raised $25,000 and closed the page.
The page initially stated a goal of $30,000 to find multiple trips to Augusta National throughout the winter and was reportedly started by Schmitz’s wife, who wrote a short note on the site that includes the following:
“As exciting of a time this is for my family, it has also become one of concern due to the high costs of travel, lodging, entry fees, caddies, etc during this amazing journey. Being a father of two beautiful girls, catching up on medical bills and daily expenses has made it very difficult to find the additional income to make his dreams come true.”
Schmitz is a regional director for a health care company in Wisconsin. He updated the GoFundMe page Wednesday, writing, “I have decided not to accept any more donations until further necessary. I started this fund less than three days ago and can’t believe how much support we received locally and nationally. I changed the financial goal in order to make sure my estimated spending was below the dollars spent as opposed to having a surplus.”
When halted, the page had raised $25,242 from a total of 228 people.