One week ago, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake ravaged Mexico City, killing 331 people and damaging 11,000 homes. Margarita Ramos, who was born and raised in Mexico City and still has immediate family that lives in Mexico City, is teaming up with fellow Mexican-born professional golfers to help.
“They’ve opened up a lot of shelters because some people have nothing,” said Ramos, whose family was fortunate to avoid damage. “In some places, it feels like everything is gone and it is so sad because in a lot of cases, it is not people that are well off and can just rebuild their homes. It is poor people that can’t do anything.”
Ramos and her fellow IGPM professional golfers have decided to donate $25 per birdie made to earthquake relief in Mexico. Her father, who owns the company Aero Charter, is going to match her donation.
Ramos is taking it a step further and donating her winnings from the IOA Golf Classic and the Symetra Tour Championship to help the city she loves dearly.
“It has been such an eye-opener in Mexico City to see how all the people are coming together,” said Ramos, who has the Mexican flag on her golf shoes and golf bag. “Everytime I turn on the news or talk to my brother who is sending me videos of what he is doing to help, it gives me chills seeing that our country has come together to work as one to help. It hurts my heart that I haven’t been able to be there so I want to do something and I know joining together with my golf friends, we can do something a lot bigger than just me.”
Ramos’ fellow IGPM professionals Gaby Lopez and Alejandra Llaneza are also giving $25 per birdie and donating their winnings. Lopez and Llaneza are playing this week on the LPGA in New Zealand. Ramos has been texting back-and-forth with Lopez and Llaneza to figure out the best ways to help through golf.
Ramos didn’t play last week on the Symetra Tour because she was at a fundraiser in Canada. She thought about leaving the fundraiser to head to Mexico once hearing the news, but decided to stay put.
She ranks 33rd on the Symetra Tour’s money list with four top 10 finishes this year. Ramos is hoping for two more top 10 finishes to move up the money list and more importantly help send desperately needed money to Mexico City.