PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Continuing a PGA TOUR tradition of honoring men and women in uniform, THE PLAYERS Championship unveiled a full slate of activities and programs that will take place during the 2013 event as part of Birdies for the Brave, a military outreach initiative proudly supported by the PGA TOUR. Highlighting the military appreciation activities in the tradition of years past, THE PLAYERS announced, along with Capitol Records Nashville, that country music star Dierks Bentley will give a special performance on Wednesday, May 8, during Military Appreciation Day, as the tournament returns to THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, May 6-12.
On Wednesday, May 8, Bentley will be a part of the Military Appreciation Day ceremony, this year themed, “A Salute to the United States Navy.” The program on the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse Lawn will include pageantry by military personnel, performance by the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, as well as remarks from PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem and other dignitaries.
Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley has forged his own brand of country music, combining classic country songwriting, influences of bluegrass instrumentation and the energy of rock ’n’ roll. Bentley’s sixth studio album, Home, released in 2012, debuted at No. 1 and has spawned three consecutive chart-topping hits, marking 10 career No. 1 songs for Bentley as a singer and songwriter. His five previous studio albums have sold more than 5 million copies, garnered 11 GRAMMY nominations and earned him an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry. Bentley is currently out on the road with Miranda Lambert for their Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley: Locked & Reloaded Tour through October.
In addition to the performance, THE PLAYERS will provide all active duty, retired, and Reserve military personnel along with their dependents with complimentary admission to the tournament all week. THE PLAYERS also offers discounted admission to veterans. Military members who are interested in the complimentary admission should go to here and click on the ticket link for instructions about how to gain complimentary access to the tournament, which is a different process than the past. Non-career military veterans can also find instructions there about how to obtain discounted tickets to the tournament.
Also as part of Birdies for the Brave, THE PLAYERS will once again be hosting an Operation Shower group baby shower for 30 military moms-to-be whose spouses are deployed members of the U.S. military on Saturday, May 4, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost located on the 18th fairway of THE PLAYERS Stadium Course. This private event will feature lunch, an opportunity for the moms to share stories and gain comfort from other military moms who are experiencing pregnancy during deployment, and the highlight of the event, the distribution of Operation Shower’s signature Showers In A Box – gifts of high-quality products for the babies and moms that have been donated by sponsors and supporters. Holly Finchem, wife of PGA TOUR Commssioner Tim Finchem, and Tabitha Furyk, wife of PGA TOUR player Jim Furyk, will be hosting the event, with Navy Admiral Jack Scorby, Commander of Navy Region Southeast, and his wife, Chris, among the special guests who will be attending.
On Sunday, May 5, THE PLAYERS will host the second annual Military Veterans Job Fair from noon to 3 p.m. in “The Turn” hospitality structure located to players’ left on the hill next to the 18th green of THE PLAYERS Stadium Course. Conducted in partnership with the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition, the event is open to active duty, retired and Reserve military members, military spouses and veterans, with 50 local companies expected to participate – doubling the number who participated in 2012. Companies with hiring opportunities who are interested in participating in the job fair may contact Bill Hickey at (904) 363-4651 or email@example.com.
On Wednesday, Military Appreciation Day, THE PLAYERS will kick off the opening of the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost military hospitality chalet with an opening ceremony at 11:00 am that will include the presentation of an honorary TPC membership to a wounded warrior. The Patriots’ Outpost will provide military guests with complimentary food and beverages and a relaxing place to view all of the tournament action from 11:30 am to the end of play each day from Wednesday through Sunday.
On-site parking is free (for all fans) Monday-Wednesday, but parking passes must be purchased in advance for Thursday through Sunday. Fans can take advantage of the “Four For Free” parking incentive this year, in which any car with four or more passengers is admitted free of charge. Fans must have a voucher to park for the “Four for Free” program. Go here for more information about downloading a free parking voucher.