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Meet the 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open National Patient Ambassadors

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 November 2015 22:40 Wednesday, 04 November 2015 22:33

Clint Crain and Katharine KoonceEvery year, Shriners Hospitals for Children® selects two national patient ambassadors to represent the patients cared for by the health care system. The ambassadors spend the year sharing their stories, including the importance of Shriners Hospitals for Children. Meet this year’s National Patient Ambassadors:



From the Fringe: Jim Furyk Helps Kick Off THE PLAYERS Giving Back Month with Dreams Come True

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2015 22:10 Tuesday, 03 November 2015 22:03

THE PLAYERS Giving BackPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida — THE PLAYERS volunteer leadership — the Red Coats — accompanied by PGA TOUR player Jim Furyk kicked off Giving Back Month at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse by hosting a surprise “Dream Party” for Dreams Come True. The dreamer, Brad Ratzlaff, is a local 19-year-old graduate of Orange Park High School who is battling acute lymphoblastic lymphoma. At the party, Ratzlaff was joined by his father, Guy Ratzlaff; mother, Laura Ratzlaff; and brother, Tyler Ratzlaff.

During the Dream Party, Brad received a number of surprises from Furyk and THE PLAYERS, including a family trip to Maui for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January, a new set of golf clubs, the opportunity to walk with Furyk inside-the-ropes during the tournament’s pro-am and spending money for the week. In addition to the dream fulfillment, THE PLAYERS made a surprise $10,000 donation to Dreams Come True.



Shaw Charity Classic Set New Record in Charitable Giving with Nearly $4M Donation

Last Updated on Friday, 30 October 2015 08:24 Friday, 30 October 2015 08:21

altCALGARY, Alberta — Thanks to a new charitable giving program, a stellar field, and overwhelming support from the Calgary community, the Shaw Charity Classic shattered its own fundraising record for a third straight year on the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour with a $3,942,712 donation that will be shared amongst 99 youth-based charities in Alberta.

“It is an absolute thrill for me to look back on another record-setting year and realize this spectacular tournament continues to have a tremendous impact on our youth, which was the core goal in bringing the event to Calgary,” said Clay Riddell, Tournament Chairman, Shaw Charity Classic. “I firmly believe it takes an entire community to build a successful international event, so this accomplishment should be celebrated by everyone from the more than 1,200 volunteers, to our generous corporate community, friends in the media, and all of the great citizens of this amazing city that came down to Canyon Meadows this summer. Each of you has made Calgary the number-one tournament on the Champions Tour, and for that, I thank you.”



Great Grand Champions Tee Off Together for The First Tee

Last Updated on Friday, 30 October 2015 08:21 Friday, 30 October 2015 08:17

Jim FerreeHILTON HEAD ISLAND, South Carolina (Jeff Shain/The Island Packet) — “See all these pictures?” Jim Ferree says, grabbing a glossy poster adorned with two rings of black-and-white photos that recall a different era in golf.

There’s Sam Snead along the bottom right, his photo alphabetically next to Charlie Sifford. Billy Casper graces the top row. Doug Ford. Miller Barber. Don January. Tommy Bolt. Lee Elder. And, yes, Hilton Head Island’s very own Ferree.

Hall of Famers. Major winners. Some just PGA Tour mainstays, reaching back to the days before Arnie gathered an army and Gary Player was on his first 100,000 air miles.



Callaway Golf Joins Birdies for the Brave to Honor Las Vegas Heroes

Last Updated on Friday, 30 October 2015 08:16 Friday, 30 October 2015 08:13

altCallaway Golf underscored its belief that every day should be Veterans Day when it provided an opportunity for two local wounded veterans to be fitted with their own set of custom golf clubs as part of the Callaway Warrior Club Fitting Program. The event took place during the PGA TOUR’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. Conducted in partnership with Birdies for the Brave, a national military outreach initiative proudly supported by the PGA TOUR, the program is designed to aid in the rehabilitation process while expressing gratitude to our courageous American heroes for their service and sacrifice.

“Golf is an extraordinary way for wounded service members to heal from the physical and psychological wounds of war, as well as a great coping mechanism as they reintegrate into civilian life,” says Callaway Golf’s Rick Brisky, who conducted the fitting in Las Vegas. “We are honored to work in partnership with the PGA TOUR and Birdies for the Brave to express our sincere appreciation and give something back to those who do so much to keep America safe and free.”



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