The PGA of America honors the nation's veterans

Tom Lehman, military appreciation
Montana Pritchard, The PGA of America
2010 Senior PGA Champion Tom Lehman takes time out of his practice round to honor a veteran.
John Kim, Coordinating Producer


Published: Sunday, May 29, 2011 | 2:14 p.m.

LOUISVILLE, KY – The PGA of America continued its commitment to honor the nation’s servicemen and servicewoman throughout the week of the 72nd Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.

On Wednesday, May 25th, The PGA of America and Lindsey Golf Course of Fort Knox, Ky., hosted Military Appreciation Day. The day’s schedule for military personnel and their families included access to Valhalla Golf Club grounds, photo opportunities on the 18th hole with the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy and other special soldier recognition activities. Military personnel also had access to a selection of food and beverages in a suite overlooking the 18th hole, courtesy of KitchenAid and The PGA’s Community Relations program.

Military appreciation

The PGA of America has a long and proud tradition of supporting the men and women of the nation's armed services.

“The PGA of America has a long and proud tradition of honoring those who have sacrificed and those who serve in our nation’s armed forces,” said PGA President Allen Wronowski. “As far back as World War I, when The PGA raised funds to purchase an ambulance for our military, serving those who serve us has been integral to the spirit and mission of our association. It was an honor to see that commitment renewed and put into practice here this week.”

“As the presenting sponsor of the Senior PGA Championship, Military Appreciation Day gives us the opportunity to bring a little joy into the lives of our U.S. military personnel and their families,” added Deborah O’Connor, senior manager, Brand Experience at KitcheAid. “It makes the Championship even more special for all of us.”

Also throughout the week, military servicemen were granted free admittance to the championship with a valid military ID.

Lt. Colonel Michael Snyder came by with a fellow serviceman, both currently at Fort Knox but preparing to deploy out of the country, came to take in the golf action on Friday.

“First of all, it was wonderful of The PGA of America to allow servicemen free entry, especially with this being Memorial Day weekend,” stated Snyder. “It was a really appreciated and heartfelt gesture.”

The PGA of America is a proud supporter and sponsor of many military and service-based programs including Patriot Golf Day, The Folds of Honor Foundation, Disabled Sports USA and Salute Military Golf Association.