THE PLAYERS Championship Recognizes Fallen Patriots
It was quite a week in Ponte Vedra Beach for THE PLAYERS Championship. Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation was honored as the championship’s Charity of the Day on Wednesday, May 7 and four days later, German golfer, Martin Kaymer, pulled off his first PLAYERS Championship win with an incredible 30-foot putt to save par, beating Jim Furyk by one stroke.
Honoring military men and women is an annual tradition at THE PLAYERS Championship. Every year, Wednesday marks their Military Appreciation Day, where there are numerous ceremonies and concerts put on.
During last Wednesday’s evening ceremony, PGA Tour Golfer Brandt Snedeker recognized high school junior Brandi Anderson, whose father was killed in Iraq when she was 7. Snedeker announced that THE PLAYERS will be stroking a check to Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation to pay for Anderson’s college tuition! In addition to being awarded a full scholarship, Brandi also got the chance to meet country star Jake Owen after his performance on Wednesday.
THE PLAYERS kept the military honors coming all week long – from weeklong free admission for all military members and dependents to the awarding of a lifetime membership to TPC Sawgrass to a Marineto a re-enlistment ceremony for a Navy sailor.
According to PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, the Tour has raised over $11 Million for various homefront charities since 2006. While Finchem is proud of this accomplishment, he recognizes that “nothing can ever be enough to thank the military members and their families for their sacrifices.”
Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation wants to thank THE PLAYERS for showing such military appreciation year after year, and for honoring us as this year’s military Charity of the Day.
Learn more about Military Appreciation Day at THE PLAYERS, Fallen Patriots, and Brandi Anderson on News4Jax and The Daytona Beach News Journal.