Greg Chalmers, as it is his way, talked concisely about the first Australian Open without Jarrod Lyle in a generation.
Sporting a Leuk The duck pin that effectively became the trademark of the late Lyle, was clearly moved by Chalmers when asked about his old friend, who died in August after a third battle with leukemia.
"Many guys miss him, my favorite thing is that he was a better person than he was a golfer, and he was a really good golfer," Chalmers said today on the eve of the 103rd Australian Open with the Lyle Mile as recognition of the former US PGA Tour player.
"He was a fantastic person, I just loved how he was in Australia
"(He liked cursing, I bet he once, 100 dollars, (that) he could not go one day without cursing – and he lost.
"He was so ??" good man. Can not do enough for him. "
Building on that theme, Lyle's widow Briony has boldly returned to the Open this week to continue charitable work to raise money for Challenge and a new initiative, "Jarrod's Gift."
She stood in Jarrod's equivalent tent of the Open last year and, as she told Golf Australia in a sincere interview, it still feels hard to believe & # 39; that he is not here again at the tournament he cherished above all others.
But her decision remains strong, to fulfill her husband's wishes.
"It was Jarrod's goal to make the journey of a family with cancer a little easier by providing practical help and support wherever he could," she said.
"The & # 39; Gift & # 39 ;, his legacy, will not be big and flashes, but will work in the background, with a focus on the practical aspects of support for families on their own cancer journey."
Briony said that the collected money would help to offer "little things", such as a homemade meal, lawn mowing, extra childcare or babysitting, a break for caretakers, or just some help with cleaning the house
"Jarrod knew firsthand how difficult a cancer diagnosis can be for a whole family, but he also knew how incredible even the smallest bit of support is and the difference that it can really make," she said.
To continue, go to #doingitforjarrod to www.challenge.org.au/event/jarrod-lyles-gift/ for more information.