Active, reserve, veteran and retired service members and their families are eligible for free or discounted tickets at some of the nation's top golf tournaments this year, including this weekend's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Monterey, California, and The Players Championship in Florida in May.
Birdies for the Brave, the PGA Tour-supported military outreach charity founded in 2006 by Phil and Amy Mickelson, provides the tickets in conjunction with sponsor Quicken Loans. Ticket offers vary by tournament and type of service, ranging from free entry for a service member and multiple dependents to discounted admission for a single military veteran. Get a rundown of the offers at https://birdiesforthebrave.sheerid.com.
The Players Championship isn't on that list, but it will offer free admission for each day of the event (May 5-10) to active-duty troops, reservists, National Guard members and military retirees, and their dependents. Spouses of active-duty troops also are eligible for free tickets, and all veterans qualify for ticket discounts.
Fans must obtain a ticket voucher (available through the tournament's website) and present military ID when claiming tickets.
The tournament — held at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, home of the famous "island green" on its 17th hole — also will:
- Hold a Military Appreciation Day on May 5 that will include a concert (artists to be announced, but past performers include Dierks Bentley).
- Maintain Patriots' Outpost, a military-only hospitality tent that will offer free food, beverages and activities.
- Host its fourth-annual military job fair, with free admission to service members past and present as well as military spouses.
ESPN anchor Chris Berman poses with soldiers during last year's Military Appreciation Day at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Free tickets are available to service members for this year's tournament, which takes place this weekend and features top golfers along with celebrities such as Berman, Bill Murray, Ray Romano and others.
Photo Credit: Al Macks/Army
More details on Birdies of the Brave, including links to ticket pages for individual tournaments, are available on the group's Facebook page.