The fund was started after Bryant’s helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California, on Jan. 26, killing Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others. The money being raised will benefit the families of the seven other victims of the crash.
The wedges Thomas used last week were stamped with the phrases “81 points,” “Kobe Bean Bryant,” “Black Mamba” and “Mamba Mentality.”
Thomas also played the 16th hole at the Phoenix Open wearing Bryant’s No. 33 jersey from Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
“He had such an impact on me and he was such a person that I looked up to and tried to kind of have my mental approach like that,” Thomas said of Bryant at the tournament. “I felt like it was very fitting. There’s only one tournament all year where you can put a jersey on and hit a shot. Just the timing worked out to be here, so it was a no-brainer for me.”