FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – The PGA TOUR and The Barclays will host the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and families of America’s fallen service members on Tuesday, Aug. 23, as part of Birdies for the Brave. The Barclays will provide surviving military families with complimentary tournament access for the day as part of their annual military appreciation day.
“The generosity of The Barclays, Birdies for the Brave and the PGA TOUR to our families is a reminder that America hasn’t forgotten the service and sacrifice of those we have lost,” said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder. “TAPS is honored to be recognized for Military Appreciation Day during The Barclays.”
The surviving spouse of a sailor lost at sea in 1997, Audri Beugelsdijk will sing the National Anthem to kick off the Military Appreciation Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 23.
OPPORTUNITY: Military Appreciation Ceremony, Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.,
Bethpage Black Course 1st Tee, Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale, N.Y.
FOR INTERVIEW: Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder
Justin Johns, PGA TOUR Tournament Activation and Outreach
Surviving military parents and siblings
To interview TAPS staff or surviving military family members, contact Kelly Griffith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.588.TAPS (8277). For interviews with PGA TOUR representatives, contact Justin Johns at 904.543.5232.
While many surviving families are open to sharing their heroes’ stories, TAPS asks that the media be mindful that some may need time to collect their thoughts. You can find tips on covering families and trauma at www.taps.org/media.
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 60,000 surviving family members of our fallen military and their caregivers since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, healing seminars and retreats for adults, camps for children, casework assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and the 24/7 National Military Survivor Helpline at 800.959.TAPS (8277) available for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to www.taps.org or call TAPS at 202.588.TAPS (8277).
ABOUT The Barclays:
The Barclays has been a part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1967 when Jack Nicklaus won the inaugural event at Westchester Country Club. Since that time, some of the greatest players in the game have earned the title including World Golf Hall of Famers Arnold Palmer, Johnny Miller, Raymond Floyd, Seve Ballesteros, Hale Irwin and Curtis Strange. Many of the world’s current top players have won the event as well, including two-time champions Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia; four-time champion Vijay Singh; and 2015 champion Jason Day. As the first of four playoff events, The Barclays plays a leading role in the FedExCup, the season-long competition that is the centerpiece of the PGA TOUR season.