2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard honor area military members and their families Complimentary admission highlights Birdies for the Brave® military outreach activities
Orlando, Fla. Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, the PGA TOUR’s prestigious Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard extended a warm welcome to our nation’s military members and their families through a variety of military outreach and appreciation activities during the week. As part of the PGA TOUR’s partnership with Birdies for the Brave, the tournament provided tournament admission for all active duty and Reserve military members, military retirees, National Guard members and their dependents with a valid Department of Defense-issued ID presented at the gate along with a military ticket. In addition, non-retired veterans could purchase up to two discounted tickets priced at $25 each per day.
The military ticketing program was made possible through support from Birdies for the Brave partner Quicken Loans. On Monday, March 16, two local combat-injured warriors were fitted with their own set of custom clubs as part of the Callaway Warrior Club Fitting program. Military appreciation continued on Sunday, March 22, when military guests were treated to complimentary refreshments and a relaxing place to view all of the tournament action in the Military Patio located on the 9th fairway, open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “We are indebted to our courageous military members and their families, who make innumerable sacrifices so that all Americans can enjoy a level of freedom and quality of life unmatched around the world,” said Arnold Palmer Invitational Executive Director Scott Wellington. “We are delighted to partner with Birdies for the Brave to show these American heroes and their families how much their service and sacrifice are appreciated.”
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About Birdies for the Brave Birdies for the Brave is a national military outreach initiative proudly supported by the PGA TOUR. Birdies for the Brave was originally created in 2006 by PGA TOUR player Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, to support combatwounded veterans. The PGA TOUR subsequently adopted Birdies for the Brave and expanded it to include a variety of military outreach initiatives, including military appreciation activities during PGA TOUR tournaments and a series Birdies for the Brave fundraising events conducted at the TOUR’s TPC clubs nationwide – an effort that has raised more than $15 million for 11 military homefront groups that are supported by TOUR players, which provide critical programs and services to meet the specialized needs of wounded warriors and military families. For more information, please visit www.birdiesforthebrave.org or follow them on Facebook.