|“We’ve always wanted the people of the two Virginias to take ownership of The Greenbrier,” said Justice. “The Greenbrier is open to everyone, and if anybody thought they couldn’t come before, they’ll be welcomed with open arms.”
The Greenbrier Classic is dedicating this year’s tournament to the young golfers who will be the future of the game. Free admission will provide youth with access to the professionals and expand their dreams of what golf can do for them. The tournament’s ongoing partnership with The First Tee of West Virginia and The First Tee of Roanoke Valley will be expanded, and hands-on instruction and junior fan experiences will be provided throughout the tournament week. Greenbrier Golf Professional Emeritus Lee Trevino will be among the instructors teaching the fundamentals of the game.
For spectators wishing to upgrade their Greenbrier Classic experience, Springhouse and Snead Champions Club badges will be available. The new Springhouse badge will provide access to air-conditioned facilities and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages throughout the seven days and a complimentary lunch during tournament play Thursday through Sunday. The Snead Champions Club badge will provide fans with the ultimate PGA TOUR experience. Exclusive access to seating on the first team, premium dining, alcoholic beverages and other amenities will be included with the Snead Champions Club badge.
“We’re thrilled to open up the gates for every fan who wants to attend, but we also want to provide options for those who are looking for more,” said Monte Ortel, Executive Tournament Director of the classic. “Our various options provide something for every golf fan and every budget.”
Fans who have already purchased Benefactor badges will be automatically upgraded to Springhouse badges or have their money refunded at their option.
by Ron Gregory
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — The Greenbrier Classic will provide complimentary grounds passes for up to 32,000 badges per day for this year’s event at the historic Greenbrier Resort. Passes will be available at no cost for the first time in the Classic’s history during the event, July 4-10, at the Old White TPC course.
Celebrating its seventh anniversary, the Classic will be the first event on the PGA Tour FedExCup series to offer complimentary access to fan for the entire week. Those attending are simply asked to register on line for their tickets and then donate a non-perishable food item at the event. All food collected will be donated to area food pantries. Tickets can be picked up at the will call window.
“People are hurting and we wanted to do something to help,” said Jim Justice, owner and CEO of the resort. West Virginia has faced a severe economic downturn due to lower coal production in recent months. Justice, who is also the Democrat nominee for Governor, has pledged to return coal to its previous levels of production if he is elected in November.
The passes will do more than get fans through the gates. Once inside, they’ll have an opportunity to register for a vehicle giveaway presented by My Local Ford Stores and participate in the Hole-in-One Fan Jackpot on the 18th green, as well as other fan experiences, Justice said. The badges also provide access to the Greenbrier, including its dining offerings, retail collection and the casino club.