(May, 2013 – Oakville, ON) – PGA TOUR Canada and the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services have created the Military Outreach Program, honouring currently serving and veteran members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and welcoming them to PGA TOUR Canada events.
The program will see that all currently serving members of the CAF and Veterans of the CAF will be given complimentary access to all PGA TOUR Canada events. Throughout the season events will also have Military Appreciation Day celebrations that will include deserving service members at each PGA TOUR Canada event placing and removing the flagstick at designated holes, honouring CAF personnel. PGA TOUR Canada players will also be conducting golf clinics for all active military personnel, giving troops a chance to learn the game or improve their skills from some of the Tour’s best players at selected events.
“The PGA TOUR has always been appreciative of the troops, and this is an extension of that relationship to Canadians who have dedicated themselves to serving their country,” said PGA TOUR Canada President Jeff Monday. “Along with our tournaments, we think it’s important to recognize their efforts and contributions. We want to give the troops an opportunity to enjoy a day at a PGA TOUR Canada event and learn the game from some future PGA TOUR stars.”
"This is such a great opportunity for our men and women in uniform and their families, right across Canada. I really want to thank the PGA TOUR Canada team for everything they are doing to show their support for our military family," said General Tom Lawson, the Chief of the Defence Staff. "The PGA TOUR Canada team is providing both a fun and memorable experience for our folks, while also making a very meaningful contribution to the well-being of our members through the Military Families Fund."
The PGA TOUR supports the United States Armed Forces as part of Birdies for the Brave. The program is dedicated to supporting the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. The TOUR also shows its support through complimentary tickets and hospitality along with Military Appreciation Day celebrations at PGA TOUR events.
The PGA TOUR Canada season will kick off June 3-9 at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open in Victoria, BC, heading coast-to-coast and concluding at the TOUR Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial, September 9-15, in London, ON.