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Birdies for the Brave at the TPC of the Twin Cities

October 12, 2014
Birdies for the Brave

Courtesy TPC of the Twin Cities

Charity golf event helps military families, locally and nationally

The PGA and good will have a long history together, especially here in the Minnesota Section PGA. From the partnership with local FOX meteorologist Ian Leonard and the Bad Pants Open which benefits Special Olympics of Minnesota to participation in the Polar Plunge – philanthropy has long been something our members do to give back. On Monday, October 13 our members along with the TPC of the Twin Cities will partner once again with Birdies for the Brave to support military service members and their families both here in Minnesota and nationally.

“This is an event that we’re proud to host,” said Alan Cull, General Manager of the TPC of the Twin Cities which has hosted the event the past 9 years. “Each year, we have a strong turnout of golfers who love the game and are proud to show off their patriotism and support for military personnel and their families.”

Birdies for the Brave was started in 2006 by Phil and Amy Mickelson as a way to support combat-wounded veterans. Since that time, the PGA of America has jumped on board and expanded its outreach. The program has raised nearly $12 million across all PGA Tour Properties for non-profit military homefront groups. The support is far-reaching and varied, providing direct support to military members, veterans, and their families. Financial aid, rehabilitation services, counseling and housing, educational scholarships and career development are some of the ways our veterans are helped.

“Most of us know someone who has served in the military at some point in time, and what these men and women have sacrificed is substantial. This is the least we can do to show support,” added Cull.

Since the TPC of the Twin Cities first hosted the event, it has raised over a half million dollars for Birdies for the Brave. Cull says the golf course is given to the organization for the day as a way to say “thank you.” A portion of the monies raised benefits the local non-profit, the Minnesota Military Family Foundation.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.


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