March 13, 2012



2011 PGA Champion Keegan Bradley to Hit First Golf Ball Ever off Flight Deck of USS Yorktown

 Social Media: @Keegan_Bradley visits the USS Yorktown on Mar. 22. If he hits target in harbor, all attending get Monday @PGAChampionship ticket. #PGA #chs

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Defending PGA Champion Keegan Bradley will be the featured guest, Thursday, Mar. 22, when he visits The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island Golf Resort, host of the 2012 PGA Championship. Following Bradley’s Media Day visit to Kiawah Island, Bradley will arrive at the USS Yorktown at 4 p.m., to hit the first golf ball ever off its flight deck.

 The public is invited to the USS Yorktown, where Bradley will attempt to hit a target in the Charleston Harbor. If he is successful in hitting the target within five shots, all audience members in attendance will receive a free grounds pass for Monday, Aug. 6, at the 2012 PGA Championship. The general parking and admission fees for the USS Yorktown have been waived for this event only.

 “The PGA of America is proud to bring the first major golf championship to South Carolina, and the history of support our member professionals have for our men and women in uniform,” said PGA of America President Allen Wronowski. “It is an honor to celebrate our major championship along the shores of this great state in a few months, and to also visit the USS Yorktown, a legendary symbol of those who have sacrificed so much to defend our nation.”

 Wronowski will accompany Bradley to the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point, where they will be joined by City of Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, Town of Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails, and Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor.

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; Golf for Injured Veterans Everywhere (GIVE) and the Salute Military Golf Association.

2012 PGA Championship Military Policy:

To honor the men and women who actively serve our country in the Armed Forces, The PGA of America is proud to offer complimentary admission for all active military personnel to the 2012 PGA Championship, Aug. 6-12, on Kiawah Island, S.C.

 Military tickets will be available for pick-up at the on-site Admission Sales and Will Call Office, located at the Main Spectator Entrance, the day of admission with a valid active military I.D., and do not need to be reserved ahead of time. Ground tickets will be available daily for all active military personnel throughout the weeklong tournament. One additional spouse ticket will also be complimentary with the presence of an active military I.D., even in the event of a Championship sellout.

 About the PGA Championship:

Since 1916, golf’s premier professionals have been competing for the PGA Championship’s Wanamaker Trophy. Past Champions span the greatest names of golf over 90 years, including Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III, Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, and Phil Mickelson.

 The PGA Championship is one of the premier golf events conducted by The PGA of America, a list that includes the Ryder Cup, the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which brings together winners of golf’s four major championships.

 About The PGA of America

Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.


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