PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Callaway Golf joined with Birdies for the Brave this week to honor two local wounded heroes by providing them with the opportunity to be fitted with their own set of custom golf clubs on the practice facility at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., during The Honda Classic. In addition to the fitting, the warriors enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the Callaway Equipment Truck, where TOUR players are fitted on-site during tournaments, and had the chance to interact with PGA TOUR player and Birdies for the Brave Player Supporter Jerry Kelly. The program is designed to aid in the rehabilitation process while expressing gratitude to the courageous members of our U.S. Armed Forces for their service and sacrifice.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Glenmorangie, premium makers of single malt Scotch whisky, helped show support and appreciation to military members and their families during last week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open (WMPO) Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community by raising funds for Birdies for the Brave through its sponsorship of the Birdies & Eagles Hole presented by Glenmorangie. On Saturday and Sunday of tournament week, Glenmorangie made a donation to Birdies for the Brave for every birdie and eagle made by PGA TOUR players on the No. 18 hole of TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course. In all, a total of 21 birdies were made on the hole.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – For many people, golf is an opportunity to relax and socialize. For PGA TOUR players, it’s a career. But for thousands of veterans who have returned home from combat with serious injuries, golf is salvation – a distraction from the memories of war, and an invaluable tool in the rehabilitation process. And thanks to Callaway Golf, wounded service members across the U.S. are having an opportunity to benefit from golf’s healing properties.
Five-time Major and three-time Masters Champion Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, joined with senior military leaders, PGA TOUR executives and corporate partners in honoring wounded heroes and military families during a military appreciation ceremony last week during the PGA TOUR’s CareerBuilder Challenge on the TPC Stadium Course at PGA West. During the ceremony, which was held on Patriot Day, Mickelson announced the start of a year-long fundraising and awareness campaign marking the 10th anniversary of Birdies for the Brave – a military outreach initiative he founded in 2006 along with Amy and longtime friend, Glenn Cohen, which is dedicated to honoring and showing appreciation to the courageous members of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
In addition to the Mickelsons, ceremony participants included PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem; Command Sergeant Major Patrick Alston, Senior Leader of United States Strategic Command; Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder; Tom Deitz, Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Former Commanding Officer of SEAL Team Five and Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) Board member; Desert Classic Charities Board of Directors member John Foster; Callaway Golf’s Kirby Pert; and Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, who provided military pageantry and ceremonial presentations.