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Senior Tour golf event in Fox Chapel to honor military members

Jan Pakler | for The Herald
The Veteran welcome station is being built for the upcoming Constelllation Tournament at the Fox Chapel Golf Club.

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Free admission for service members

Military members once again will get complimentary tournament admission all week, courtesy of GNC.

Members and their families will get free admission June 26 to 29 to the Birdies for the Brave Patriots' Outpost, sponsored by Dr. Jim and Bea Bradley.

It is on the 18th fairway and includes complimentary food and beverages for all attendees. Military personnel can present a valid military Identification or any form of veteran identification to access the air-conditioned tent.

Preregistration is required. Visit www.birdiesforthebrave.org or cspgolf.com to get preverified and download a voucher. A voucher along with a valid military ID must be presented at the main entrance gate for admission.

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When the Constellation Senior Players Championship hits the Fox Chapel Golf Club next week, spectators will see more than their golfing heroes on the greens.

Local military members can caddie a hole during the Accenture Championship Pro-Am on Wednesday and mingle with some of the country's best golfers.

Specifically, they'll walk with the pros along the 231-yard par-3 17th hole.

It is one of three initiatives this year aimed at honoring military members during the weeklong competition, said Kelly Barnes, tournament communications director.

The Constellation event is one of five championships on the PGA Champions Tour for professionals age 50 or older. It is the third consecutive year the event will be played at the acclaimed Seth Raynor-designed course along Fox Chapel Road. It comes to town Tuesday through June 29.

“The Constellation Senior Players is committed to honoring our nation's military, which is why there are more appreciation initiatives than ever this year,” said Joe Rotellini, executive director of the tournament.

“Our biggest priority is giving back to the community, which includes thanking and celebrating our local military in any way we can.”

In addition to caddying, military personnel can serve as the No. 17 pin flag attendant and also participate in an appreciation ceremony on June 28.

“The tournament pin flag will be replaced by an American flag that day,” Barnes said .

Military attendants will remove the pin from the 17th green while players putt out on the hole.

Later that day, the championship will host a military appreciation ceremony at about 5 p.m. on the 18th green. There will be a color guard and a guest to sing the National Anthem.

For more information on how to get involved, visit cspgolf.com.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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