Follow Black Girls Golf Founder as she explores the golf, the sites, and more at the PGA TOUR Championship
Before I started playing golf, I had never attended a golf tournament of any kind. This year, I am attending the PGA TOUR Championship. It will be my first PGA tournament as a media professional. Instead of reporting about the golfers, scores, and the like I thought it would be more interesting to share my experience behind the scenes exploring all the event has to offer from the activities, the food and the community benefit.
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I picked up my media credential this morning and to my surprise I had a seat with the other, well established golf media and bona fide journalists. Although I was excited, I was a little nervous as well. The media center is a central hub for what you read and see, equipped with wi-fi, stats, facts, and other resources including food. 😀
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
The first thing I recognized is the PGA TOUR Championship is not just a golf tournament – it’s a community event. Since 2005, The East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, GA has been the home of the TOUR Championship which has raised millions of dollars for The East Lake Foundation and the First Tee of East Lake.
The East Lake Foundation was created in 1995 with the support of Tom and Ann Cousins to create a neighborhood where families could thrive. The 2016 TOUR Championship raised $2.4 million to support the mission of the East Lake Foundation. Click here for more information about The East Lake Foundation.
Today, I saw groups of children from The First Tee of Atlanta and the First Tee of East Lake, all of whom benefit from the money raised by the PGA TOUR Championship. The children represent their community by participating in several clinics and other events throughout the week. Thursday, Sarai Dobbs, a member of The First Tee of East Lake, will hit the ceremonial tee shot and I’ll be right there to see it.
THINGS TO DO
Attending events like the PGA TOUR Championship, which are tied to community organizations, is a way for you to give back to your own community. Don’t worry, if you’re not a die hard golf fan there is plenty to do besides watch golf.
Verizon Putting Experience
The Verizon Putting Experience, supported by PGA TOUR Superstore is a custom, 3-hole course on East Lake Golf Club where fans have a chance to play too. The TOUR Championship in partnership with Verizon, the PGA TOUR Superstore, the Georgia State Golf Association and East Lake Golf Club are proud to allow a limited number of spectators each day to enjoy a putting experience on the practice green located within the SO Cool Zone.
At the TOUR Championship, spectators can challenge themselves on an actual East Lake green running at championship speed. A limited number of guests each day can meet with a PGA TOUR Superstore Certified Expert to select their equipment before being escorted through the putting experience by GSGA team members.
Please see schedule below:
Putting Experience is open to spectators each day with equipment provided by the PGA TOUR Superstore
Thursday – Sunday:
1 – 4:30 p.m.
The Georgia Aquarium Experience
A unique partnership between the Georgia Aquarium and the TOUR Championship gives fans the opportunity to see and interact with some of the animals that can be found within the Southern Company River Scout Exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium. Animals expected to make an appearance include the baby alligators, box turtles and more.
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