|Tiger Woods to Honor Wounded Warriors at 2009 AT&T National Opening Ceremony|
Ceremony to Feature 101st Airborne Parachute Demonstration Team and the National Anthem by Jessica Simpson
Continuing in the tradition of paying tribute to the U.S. Military, several Wounded Warriors will join Tiger Woods on the first tee at 11:00 a.m. as the 101st Airborne Division Parachute Demonstration Team prepares to descend upon Congressional Country Club to deliver golf balls for the ceremonial first shot. Spectators in attendance will get to hear an exciting play-by-play of the jump. Tournament host Tiger Woods will then welcome Wounded Warriors, Major Ken Dwyer and Staff Sergeant Ramon Padilla, to the first tee to hit the first shot with him, and officially kick off another AT&T National.
Major Dwyer is in the U.S. Army, and currently assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group in Fort Bragg, N.C. Staff Sergeant Padilla, also in the U.S. Army, is currently assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
In 2007 America's 41st President, George H.W. Bush hit the ceremonial first shot at the event honoring the U.S. Armed Forces. Last year two children whose parents were actively serving in the military hit the first shot with Fred Couples, which was delivered via special delivery from the 101st Airborne Parachute Demonstration Team.
AT&T* is the title sponsor of the golf tournament and has supported the Tiger Woods Foundation for the last six years.
The AT&T National, held June 30-July 5, will welcome 120 of the PGA TOUR's finest players at the 7,255-yard Blue Course in Bethesda. Players including Woods, defending champion Anthony Kim, Lucas Glover, Steve Stricker, Sean O'Hair, Fred Couples, Boo Weekley, Mike Weir, Nick Watney and Danny Lee will compete for the $6 million purse.
About the Tiger Woods Foundation - Since its inception in 1996 by Tiger Woods and his father Earl, the Tiger Woods Foundation has reached an estimated 10 million young people through character development, career exploration, scholarships and grant making programs. Programs developed and supported by the Tiger Woods Foundation all share a similar mission of empowering young people to dream big and to set specific goals to achieve their dreams.
Specific programs of the Foundation include the Tiger Woods Learning Center, a youth-education facility and curriculum based in Anaheim, Calif., and Tiger's Action Plan, a nationwide character development program based on Earl D. Woods' book entitled Start Something. Tiger's Action Plan is a free program for youth 8-17 that addresses three priorities: character education, volunteer service and career exploration. More information on the Tiger Woods Foundation and its programs can be found at www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org.
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About Congressional Country Club - The Congressional Country Club, which opened in 1924, is par-72 course covering 7,173 yards. The course has played host to four majors--two U.S. Opens (1964 and 1997), one PGA Championship (1976) and the U.S. Senior Open (1995) and will host the U.S. Open once again in 2011. The Kemper Open was played there from 1980-86 and the Booz Allen Classic was held there in 2005.
Congressman Oscar E. Bland and O.R. Lubring of Indiana, founders of the Club, set out to provide an informal common ground where politicians and businessmen could meet as peers, unconstrained by red tape. They took their idea to Herbert Hoover, then Secretary of Commerce, who agreed to serve as Founders' Club President and, from 1922-1923, Honorary Founding President of a soon-to-be-built Congressional Country Club. Primarily because of the determination of these original two visionaries, the Club was incorporated in December 1921. Construction of the Club took two and one-half years from concept to completion. Its international recognition, intended for the world of politics, has been achieved instead in the world of golf.
About the PGA TOUR - The PGA TOUR is a tax-exempt membership organization of professional golfers. Its primary purpose is to provide competitive earnings opportunities for past, current and future members of the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour; 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 2007, the three Tours will compete in approximately 110 events for approximately $340 million in prize money. Tournaments are being held in six countries outside the U.S. and in 36 states. In addition to providing competitive opportunities for its membership, TOUR events also generate significant funds for local charities. In fact, the three Tours have surpassed the $1 billion mark in overall charitable contributions. The PGA TOUR's web site address is www.pgatour.com and the company is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
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