SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (Sept. 14, 2016) – The Veteran Golfers Association (VGA) seeks to follow up on the success of last year’s inaugural championship when 80 of the country’s top military veteran golfers tee it up at the Second Annual 2016 VGA National Championship, Oct. 16-19 in Biloxi, Miss. This year’s tournament is hosted at Fallen Oak, the Tom Fazio-designed championship course ordinarily reserved exclusively for guests of MGM Resort International’s renowned Beau Rivage Resort & Casino.
Anticipation for the championship continues to grow as 430 competitors square off in four regional qualifiers to earn the right to play for VGA division titles at Fallen Oak. The qualifiers take place Sept. 4-5 at Blackwolf Run in Sheboygan, Wisc. (Central region-concluded), Sept. 17-18 at Queenstown Harbor in Queenstown, Md. (North region), Sept. 24-25 at Anderson Creek in Spring Lake, N.C. (South region), and conclude Oct. 1-2 at Chambers Bay – site of the 2015 U.S. Open – in Tacoma, Wash. (West region).
“MGM Resorts International and Beau Rivage are honored to host the VGA National Championship for our veterans,” said Beau Rivage General Manager Marcus Glover. “Fallen Oak has hosted many of the greatest golfers in the world at the PGA Tour Champions event we host each spring, and we look forward to having the same opportunity this fall to inspire and celebrate our nation’s top veteran golfers on one of the most spectacular courses in the country.”
The 2016 VGA Tour included over 125 tournaments at military, public and private courses, with more than 1,000 veteran golfers participating. Like the tour events, the VGA National Championship features three divisions of competition: Veteran, Combat Wounded and Family. Within each division are four handicapped flights and an open handicap Women’s flight.
The championship tournament at Fallen Oak is expected to have the same emotional impact as last year’s debut event in Pinehurst, N.C., once again putting put the service, sacrifice and patriotism of its participants in the national spotlight. Wounded veterans and Purple Heart recipients will make up nearly half the field, and competitors will range from enlisted personnel to three-star generals.
“The 2016 VGA Tour has been terrific so far, and this year’s championship will be just as special as Pinehurst No. 2 was last year,” said VGA President Joshua Peyton, a retired Army Captain and Army Ranger. “The regional qualifiers will provide an exciting run-up to the grand finale at Fallen Oak.”
Founded in 2014, the VGA is a national non-profit organization offering U.S. military veterans the opportunity to enjoy competition and community through golf. Membership is open to all U.S. veterans – wounded, non-wounded, disabled, active duty and retired – as well as to their families, including parents, siblings and dependents who are at least 18 years old.
The VGA’s mission is to enhance the lives of veterans and their family members through the camaraderie and sportsmanship of golf. The VGA also focuses on Post Traumatic Growth initiatives to help veterans and families cope with combat-related injuries. Using golf as an alternative activity, these veterans can choose a more productive way to deal with the challenges that impact their everyday lives.
To view a copy of the 2016 VGA Tour Book and other assets, please follow this link to Dropbox. More information on the 2016 tour and championship event is available at www.vgachampionship.org.
About the Veteran Golfers Association
The VGA is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to promoting the game of golf to veterans and their family members. The VGA develops programs that allow its members to compete, socialize and remain physically active through the game of golf. For more information visit us at www.vgagolf.org.
Images and videos are available upon request, and the VGA welcomes interviews with the Veterans.
About Fallen Oak
The Tom Fazio-designed Fallen Oak epitomizes the quiet elegance found in many of the world’s great golf courses. Joining the heralded Shadow Creek as the only golf courses built exclusively for MGM Resorts International guests, Fallen Oak has earned more than 30 national honors for a masterful design that features dramatic elevation changes rarely seen at a Gulf Coast course. Since 2010, Fallen Oak has played host to the PGA Tour Champions Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. For more information on Fallen Oak, please visit www.beaurivage.com
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Charles Upchurch, Veteran Golfers Association, (919) 277-1175
Mary Cracchiolo Spain, MGM Resorts International/Fallen Oak, (228) 386-7134