September 25, 2008
Sun Microsystems "Bunker" to offer complimentary food and beverage to all Armed Forces members in attendance
Four Armed Forces Personnel to Serve as First Tee Announcers
September 25, 2008 - As part of the Champions Tour's ongoing commitment to honor the men and women of our military, the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship is extending free admission to the 2008 tournament to active duty, retired personnel and reservists in all branches of the Armed Forces from military installations in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. region.
The tournament will take place October 9-12, 2008 on the East Course at Baltimore Country Club in Timonium, MD. Armed Forces personnel must present their identification card at the gate in exchange for a grounds ticket. Additional tickets may be purchased at the gate for $27 or in advance for $22. For more information or to purchase advance tickets please visit www.ceseniorplayers.com or call 410-470-3033.
In support of the members of our Armed Forces, Sun Microsystems Inc. is sponsoring a hospitality chalet located adjacent to the 17th tee. The Sun Microsystems "Bunker" offers shade, complimentary food and beverage service and a large screen television to all Armed Forces members in attendance. Outside the venue, Birdies for the Brave, Operation Home Front and Yellow Ribbon Fund will be represented. All spectators at the Championship are invited to sign a large banner with notes of encouragement to the troops, which will subsequently be sent to military men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Additionally, four elite military personnel have been selected to make introductions of the professional golfers on the 1st tee on Thursday, October 9, 2009. In their full service dress, Jack Hanzlik of the USN, MSgt Dan Velez (USAF), SFC Alan Davis (USA) & SSG Luke Burns (USA) will have the honor of announcing this year.
The strongest field of the season on the Champions Tour is expected for the Senior Players Championship. Professionals who have committed to compete include World Golf Hall of Fame members Hale Irwin, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer and Nick Price, defending champion Loren Roberts, Maryland native Fred Funk, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize, Joey Sindelar, Jay Haas, Craig Stadler, Mark O'Meara, Jeff Sluman, John Cook, Fuzzy Zoeller, Jim Thorpe and Denis Watson. The list of past champions of the event includes Arnold Palmer (1984 and 1985), Chi Chi Rodriguez (1986), Gary Player (1987), Jack Nicklaus (1990), Hale Irwin (1999), Raymond Floyd (1996 and 2000), Craig Stadler (2003) and Peter Jacobsen (2005).
About the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship
The Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship is one of five major championships on the PGA TOUR's Champions Tour for eligible professionals age 50 and over. Dates for the 2008 event are October 6-12.
The event will be played on the East Course at Baltimore Country Club in Timonium, MD, with a field of 78 Champions Tour players competing for a share of the $2.6 million purse, the largest of the season. The final two rounds of the event will be broadcast on NBC in high definition and aired in more than 140 countries around the world (4-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday). The first and second rounds of this final major of the season will air on the GOLF CHANNEL (1:30-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday). Since the inception of both the Senior Players Championship and the former Constellation Energy Classic, nearly $8.5 million has been raised for charities in the communities in which the tournaments were staged. To purchase tickets, for information about corporate sponsorship opportunities or to become a volunteer for the 2008 tournament, please visit the Official Tournament Website at www.ceseniorplayers.com or call the Tournament Office at 410-470-3033.
About Constellation Energy Group
Constellation Energy (www.constellation.com), a FORTUNE 125 company with 2007 revenues of $21 billion, is the nation's largest competitive supplier of electricity to large commercial and industrial customers and the nation's largest wholesale power seller. Constellation Energy also manages fuels and energy services on behalf of energy intensive industries and utilities. It owns a diversified fleet of 78 generating units located throughout the United States, totaling approximately 8,700 megawatts of generating capacity. The company delivers electricity and natural gas through the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), its regulated utility in Central Maryland.
About the Champions Tour
The Champions Tour is a division of the PGA TOUR, Inc., a tax-exempt membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The Champions Tour will feature a minimum of 29 official events offering $55.6 million in prize money in 2008 and its highest average purse ever, $1.92 million. The Champions Tour operates under the umbrella of the PGA TOUR which includes the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour. The Champions Tour's primary purpose as an entity of the PGA TOUR is to provide significant competitive and earnings opportunities for players age 50 and older; to protect the integrity of the game; and to help grow the reach of the game in the U.S. and around the world. In addition to providing competitive opportunities for its membership, Champions Tour events also generate significant sums of money for charity. The commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Mike Stevens is president of the Champions Tour. TOUR headquarters is in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
About Sun Microsystems
Sun Microsystems, Inc., (NASDAQ: JAVA) develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision - "The Network is the Computer" - Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. www.sun.com/federal. Sun provides a diversity of software, systems, services and microelectronics that power everything from consumer electronics, to developer tools and the world's most powerful datacenters. Core brands include the Java technology platform, Solaris operating system, the MySQL database management system, StorageTek and the UltraSPARC processor.
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