PGA TOUR player Cameron Champ has joined Birdies for the Brave as an Official PGA TOUR Player Supporter. The announcement comes as the 23-year-old rookie continues to make waves after his first two successful starts of the 2019 season in Hawaii.
Cameron Champ’s deep reverence for the military and passion for golf were inspired by his grandfather, Mack Champ, who served in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam and introduced his grandson to the game of golf at the age of just 18 months old. As an African-American man growing up in the 1950’s, Mack Champ faced numerous obstacles, and inspired Cameron’s patriotism and steadfast determination to excel – continually reminding him that “it’s not where you come from, it’s where you’re going.”
Cameron grew up playing on the par-3 Foothill Golf Center near his home in Sacramento, California, and quickly rose through the ranks of junior players. He went on to compete as a two-time All American at Texas A&M, decorating his amateur resume with three individual titles, more than 15 top-10 finishes and a spot on the victorious 2017 Walker Cup team. He captured the attention of the golf world at the 2017 U.S. Open, where he outdrove the entire field and finished T32 as an amateur. He won his first professional victory at the 2018 Utah Championship, which vaulted him up the Web.com Tour money list and secured his PGA TOUR card for the following season. Less than a year after making his professional debut, in just his second start as a PGA TOUR member, Cameron birdied five of his last six holes at Sanderson Farms to win the championship by four.
Cameron will be paying tribute to his grandfather as well his cousin, Brian Wolf, who served two tours of duty in the U.S. Army, as he participates in various Birdies for the Brave military appreciation activities throughout the season.
“I am honored to join Birdies for the Brave as a player supporter,” said Champ. “I have the utmost respect and admiration for the courageous men and women who proudly serve our country, so to have the opportunity to join with other PGA TOUR players in expressing our gratitude to these American heroes through this program is really special.”
A joint effort between the PGA TOUR, Inc., PGA TOUR Charities, Inc., and the TPC Network, Birdies for the Brave is a national military outreach initiative dedicated to honoring and showing support for the courageous men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families. It was originally created in 2004 by PGA TOUR player Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, in collaboration with Glenn Cohen, to support troops injured during combat. Since then, then, Birdies for the Brave has raised millions of dollars for 11 military homefront charities that provide critical programs and services to meet the specialized needs of wounded heroes, veterans and military families. Birdies for the Brave also includes military outreach and appreciation activities during more than 80 tournaments annually on the PGA TOUR, Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR Champions.
For more information about Birdies for the Brave, including a list of tournaments, fundraising events and volunteer opportunities in communities across the U.S. – or to make a donation, please visit www.birdiesforthebrave.org or follow them on Facebook.