Doctors Supporting Troops Returns to Barracuda Championship Giving Local Vets the Chance to Play with the Pros

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Patriots Luncheon, Heroes Hangout and Birdies for the Brave Among Other Initiatives 

Reno, Nev. (June 1, 2015)— The 17th Annual Barracuda Championship and Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation welcome the return of the “Doctors Supporting Troops” program thanks to local physicians. Local doctors who have already signed up to participate include Dr. Daniel Rowan of EyeZone, Dr. Evan Pritchett of Pritchett Eye Care, Inc. and Dr. Matthew B. Mills of Eye Care Professionals. Applications and nominations are now being accepted to give area veterans the chance to participate in the PGA TOUR event’s Pro-Am scheduled for Monday, August 3, 2015.

Military members and veterans are welcome to apply, but friends and family are also encouraged to nominate the heroes in their lives with their stories of valor both abroad and on the home front. If selected, they will have the chance to play at Montrêux Golf & Country Club paired with some of the PGA TOUR’s best such as 2014 champion Geoff Ogilvy, Padraig Harrington and golf’s favorite bad boy John Daly.

“It’s not every day you get to play a round of golf with a PGA TOUR professional,” said Chris Hoff, executive director of the Barracuda Championship. “We’re honored to offer our heroic servicemen and women this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as a small way to thank them for their sacrifice for our country.”

Even though only a handful of applicants can be accepted, all receive an invitation to participate in a golf clinic provided by a PGA of America professional as an additional token of appreciation. The Doctors Supporting Troops application is available here and should be submitted via fax at (775) 322-1213 or mail to One East First Street, Suite 1600, Reno, NV 89501. Please also include a copy of your DD 214 and a photo.

Other initiatives to support and thank servicemen and women in our area include:

Patriots’ Luncheon
The Barracuda Championship and Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation pay special tribute to our nation’s troops while raising money for the Veterans Guest House with the sixth annual Patriots’ Luncheon scheduled for Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at the Reno Air National Guard Base. Attendees have the unique opportunity to experience an actual military base while hearing stories of incredible heroism and strength from soldiers. Tickets for the Patriots’ Luncheon are on sale now. Tables for the Patriots Luncheon can be purchased for $1,000 and include eight open seats, with a 9th seat to be filled by a local veteran. Individual tickets are available for $125. For more information or to make reservations, call (775) 322-3900.

Heroes Hangout
The ninth green of the 17th Annual Barracuda Championship dons its stars and stripes for the return of the Nature’s Bakery Heroes Hangout offering military active duty, guard, reserve, veterans and first responders including EMTs, police and firefighters an epic viewing spot of the PGA TOUR event complete with free food from Flowing Tide Pub and summertime refreshments courtesy of Coors Light. A qualifying form of identification is required for entry.

Birdies for the Brave
Supported by Quicken Loans, all military and first responders with proper verification receive complimentary tickets to the 17th Annual Barracuda Championship tournament days August 6-9, 2015. To claim tickets, service men and women have the following options:

  • Active Duty, Military Reserve and National Guard
    • Along with their dependents, receive complimentary tickets for each day of the Barracuda Championship Wednesday, August 6 – Sunday, August 9.
  • Military Retirees
    • Along with their dependents, receive complimentary tickets for each day of the Barracuda Championship Wednesday, August 6 – Sunday, August 9.
  • Military Veterans and First Responders
    • May receive one complimentary ticket for each day of the Barracuda Championship Wednesday, August 6 – Sunday, August 9.

Tickets can be claimed here.

For more information on the 17th Annual Barracuda Championship PGA TOUR event, visit


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About Barracuda Championship
The 17th annual Barracuda Championship, an official PGA TOUR event, takes place August 3-9, 2015 at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev. The tournament is one of just 47 full-field stops during the PGA TOUR Season and is part of the FedExCup series, a points competition for PGA TOUR professionals. The internationally-televised event brings in millions of dollars in coverage for the Reno-Tahoe region through its affiliation with The Golf Channel as it follows 132 PGA TOUR professionals competing for a share of the tournament’s $3.1 million purse. The Barracuda Championship is managed and operated by the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, comprised of key sponsors including title sponsor Barracuda Networks, Eldorado Hotel Reno, Montrêux Development Group and NV Energy.


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