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Overview

We strongly believe it is our responsibility to be good corporate citizens in the communities where we live, work, and host one of the world’s most recognized sporting events–THE PLAYERS Championship. Thanks to support from volunteers led by a team of Red Coats (past chairpersons), our Proud Partners (Optum®, Morgan Stanley and Grant Thornton LLP), sponsors, vendors, business and civic leaders, media and fans, THE PLAYERS partners with 300+ non-profit organizations in the five-county area throughout the year to help strengthen and improve the lives of citizens and communities throughout Northeast Florida.

While hundreds of community-based groups, organizations and institutions benefit from THE PLAYERS’ funding and support, priority consideration is given to nonprofit organizations committed to serving and promoting youth services, education, character development, health, wellness and sports and military support.

Charities of the Day

Tuesday-Sunday

To give local organizations a way to raise their profile during tournament week, THE PLAYERS designates a different charity as “Charity of the Day” from Tuesday through Sunday.  

  • Tuesday, March 8: Northeast Florida Women Veterans
    •  Northeast Florida Women Veterans was founded in 2012 by Retired U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Deloris “Dee” Quaranta, who responded to the needs of women veterans in Northeast Florida. The organization’s core mission is to help set the standard for providing personalized care and emergency resources to the women who have served, and continue to serve, our country. It works to ensure that each female veteran has a voice and excels beyond her expectations through programs and services including:  Advocacy and community outreach; herTOTALwellness, 6-week program designed to empower women veterans on their path to self-sufficiency by addressing their holistic needs; Operation Hand Up, which provides non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items to pack in bags for women veterans sleeping in their cars or homeless; HerBIZ, 6-month program designed to help women veterans become self-sufficient through business ownership; HerHEALTHYLife, a 6-month program empowering women veterans to adopt healthier and sustainable lifestyles to become the best version that they can be.
  • Wednesday, March 9: Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind
    • The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a tuition-free state public school in historic St. Augustine, available to eligible pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired or deafblind. The FSDB experience gives students the edge to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. Early intervention and outreach services are also available throughout the state of Florida. Private donations help to support programs that directly benefit students which are not covered by state funds. To inquire about enrollment, contact Parent Services at 904-827-2212 or 904-201-4527 VP. To schedule a campus tour, contact Outreach Services at bit.ly/fsdbtours. For more information, visit www.fsdbk12.org

      In 2021, THE PLAYERS gave FSDB a charitable contribution that was used to purchase sports equipment for the athletic department. Unfortunately, deaf, hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired children too frequently lack the opportunity to participate in structured athletics. FSDB provides this opportunity and allows its students to compete, interact with peers (both sensory impaired and non-sensory impaired), develop motor skills while building self-esteem.

  • Thursday, March 10: Ascension St. Vincent’s Foundation 
    • Serving as liaison between St. Vincent’s HealthCare and its most generous family of donors, the Ascension St. Vincent’s Foundation provides funding for community healthcare outreach programs across Northeast Florida. These programs, including St. Vincent’s award-winning Mobile Health Outreach Ministry, serve children and families in our area who are struggling most by providing free healthcare, education and hope. The Ascension St. Vincent’s Foundation has partnered with THE PLAYERS since 1994, and in 2017 THE PLAYERS sponsored a new Mobile Health medical van.
  • Friday, March 11: First Tee
    • First Tee is a youth development organization that enables kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum, First Tee creates active learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids can carry to everything they do. Celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2022, First Tee has expanded to reach young people in all 50 states and select international locations, including 110,000 youth served locally through First Tee – North Florida.

  • Saturday, March 12: WeaveTales
    • WeaveTales is a local Jacksonville organization dedicated to amplifying refugee voices and creating more inclusive communities through the power of storytelling. Shining a light on the often unheard individual experiences of refugees, the organization and its founder, Basma Alawee – a refugee herself – collects, empowers and shares refugee stories to raise awareness of the ongoing crisis and help build bridges across cultural divides within communities. WeaveTales invites refugees of all kinds, from across the country and around the world to participate in their programs – helping them learn how to use their voice to share their stories in unexpected ways
  • Sunday, March 13: Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida 
    • Whether young people dream of becoming a ballerina, an astronaut, or an all-star athlete, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida is helping them create their own great futures by providing a safe place where young people can reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. With more than 50 years serving the Northeast Florida community, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida has expanded to 38 Clubs, serving nearly 3,500 young people every weekday in Duval, St. Johns, and Alachua counties. For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, please visit: bgcnf.org.

Charitable Programs

Chip In For Charity

THE PLAYERS has reformatted its Chip in For Youth program by expanding the list of local charities eligible to participate to all those who fall within one of THE PLAYERS’ key charitable pillars – youth services, education, character development, health, wellness and sports, and military support. The new program, Chip In For Charity, will allow participating organizations to receive $40 from every competition round ticket (Thursday through Sunday) purchased in their name under the program, while supplies last.

How it works:

  • Starting December 1, charities interested in participating can register at http://www.theplayerschipinforcharity.com/
  • Charities approved to participate will receive a unique ticketing code to distribute to their supporters.
  • Starting December 15 and running through Friday, February 25, each charity’s supporters can use the unique code to purchase tickets to THE PLAYERS at THEPLAYERS.com/tickets in their name under the program. Note – Each guest will be allowed to purchase up to four (4) Stadium Passes per day, per account.

Birdies for Charity

The Birdies for Charity campaign is returning and will once again give local charities the chance to raise money by inviting fans to make a donation to the charity and guess how many birdies will be made during THE PLAYERS 2022. Upon completion of the championship, the individual who successfully guesses the exact number of birdies (or closest thereto) will be awarded a grand prize of $10,000.

In addition, THE PLAYERS will provide a $150,000 bonus pool, giving eligible charities the chance to receive additional funds. More details are available at http://birdiesforcharity.playerschampionship.com/.

Registration opened on December 1, and charities approved to participate can collect donations from December 15 to Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Military Appreciation

THE PLAYERS Championship has a long-standing commitment to honoring our Northeast Florida military members, veterans and their families.

Tickets presented by Optum, Morgan Stanley and Grant Thornton

Military ticket offerings for THE PLAYERS 2022:

All active duty, retired, reserve and national guard members verified through the new military identification system and one dependent are provided access to complimentary tickets on Tuesday, March 8, and Wednesday, March 9, as well as one competition day during Thursday, March 10, through Sunday, March 13, while supplies last.  Complimentary tickets secured through this verification process will include a $20 digital voucher that can be used at any on-site food vendor for food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Veteran ticket offerings for THE PLAYERS 2022:

Veterans verified through the military identification system and one dependent are provided access to discounted tickets on Tuesday, March 8, and Wednesday, March 9, as well as one competition day during Thursday, March 10, through Sunday, March 13, while supplies last. Discounted tickets secured through this verification process will include a $20 digital voucher that can be used at any on-site food vendor for food and non-alcoholic beverages.

To secure military and veteran tickets, follow these steps:  

  1. Visit THEPLAYERS.com/tickets and click CLAIM TICKETS in the Military Admission section.
  2. Select your chosen tournament day(s).
  3. Verify your military designation using GovX by selecting the link on the checkout page.
  4. Once verified, complete the transaction and access your tickets on THE PLAYERS’ digital portal.
  5. Add your ticket(s) to your mobile wallet prior to arrival.

NOTE: Parking is not included in the complimentary, or discounted, ticket for military.  Parking passes are required each day, Tuesday-Sunday, and can be purchased at THEPLAYERS.com/parking

Hospitality – Patriots’ Outpost presented by Optum, Morgan Stanley and Grant Thornton

Throughout tournament week, all active duty, Reserve military members, military retirees, veterans and their dependents will have access to the Patriots’ Outpost, an open-air hospitality space located near the tee at No. 16 that is reserved exclusively for the military and offers complimentary snacks and beverages.  The Outpost is presented by THE PLAYERS Proud Partners Optum, Morgan Stanley and Grant Thornton. Other local sponsors include the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation and Daily’s. 

PGA TOUR Fan Shop discounts 

On Tuesday, March 8, Active Duty, Reserve and Retired military members will receive a 20% discount in the PGA TOUR Fan Shop in the Welcome Experience as well as the walk-up merchandise location in Sawgrass Square (must have valid military I.D.). 

Flyover Tradition Continues

The annual tradition of a flyover on Military Appreciation Day will continue in 2021 on Tuesday, March 8 and will feature the 125th Fighter Wing. 

Military Appreciation Day – Tuesday, March 8

Each year, THE PLAYERS designates the Tuesday of tournament week as Military Appreciation Day in order to honor and recognize the brave men and women who are serving, and have served, our country, especially those who call Northeast Florida home. 

2022 Military Appreciation Day will feature a ceremony and concert from two-time GRAMMY award nominee Kelsea Ballerini, starting at 4:30 p.m. on the Island Green 17th Hole. Ballerini’s performance marks the very first time a female artist has performed at THE PLAYERS Military Appreciation Day Concert. Additionally, Tuesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day. 

As home to the state’s largest population of women veterans, the northeast Florida community is poised to highlight and embrace women serving our country. In recent years, greater efforts have been made to introduce, and expand programs that are bridging gaps to address the unique needs of women service members. Building on these efforts, THE PLAYERS has created programming to highlight female veterans. This includes:

Additional Military Appreciation Day Ceremony details:

Among other special guests at the ceremony, Renee Powell – the second African-American women to ever compete on the LPGA Tour – will be on stage. She will be in town for the World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where she will be the first recipient of the Charlie Sifford Award, which “honors an individual who personifies Sifford’s groundbreaking achievements through perseverance, confidence, respect and adaptability.” Based on the Clearview HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program she created https://www.pga.com/story/veterans-of-clearview-hope-find-solace-journey-of-a-lifetime-with-golf 11 years ago to serve women veterans in Ohio, THE PLAYERS extended the opportunity for her to attend the ceremony. 

Military Job Fair 

  • Saturday, March 5 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)
  • Location: Patriots’ Outpost 
  • THE PLAYERS, in partnership with the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition, will host its 11th annual Military Job Fair. The Military Job Fair is free and open to military personnel, veterans and military spouses. Approximately 25 companies with existing job opportunities will be on-hand. 
  • Companies are as follows:
  1. Amazon
  2. Boeing
  3. CIT
  4. City of Jacksonville
  5. Clay County
  6. Cohen Clinic
  7. Customs and Border Protection
  8. ESGR/H2H
  9. FL Reserve Component Transit Assistance
  10. Florida Blue/GuideWell
  11. FSCJ
  12. Grant Thornton
  13. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue
  14. Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
  15. Jacksonville University
  16. Jdog
  17. LSI
  18. Morgan Stanley
  19. O2O
  20. Operation New Uniform
  21. Optum
  22. RFSmart
  23. Synergy Technologies
  24. Tallahassee Police Dept.
  25. Trident Refit Facility
  26. UNF
  27. USO
  28. VyStar CU

Operation Shower

  • Sunday, March 6 (12 p.m. -2 p.m.)
  • Location: Patriots’ Outpost 
  • THE PLAYERS and Operation Shower continue a longstanding tradition of hosting a baby shower ahead of the championship for 40 special military mothers to be. The shower will return to an in-person format in 2022 and will be held in the Patriots’ Outpost hospitality space, located next to the 16th hole. 

New in 2022: Stars and Stripes Zone 

Building on our longstanding commitment to support and honor the military and veteran community, THE PLAYERS is thrilled to provide a new appreciation offering, The Stars and Stripes Zone. This is a recognition program available to specific military-and-veteran-serving organizations in Northeast Florida. Located directly across from 17 green, THE The Stars and Stripes Zone will give special guests within military and veteran community a front row seat to watch the world’s greatest golfers compete. In addition to the viewing experience, guests will receive a complimentary ticket for a select day.  

15 military members or veterans and one dependent from the following organizations will be participating in the 2022 Stars and Stripes zone: 

  • K9s For Warriors – Wednesday 
  • Five STAR Veterans – Thursday 
  • Greater Jacksonville USO – Friday 
  • Wounded Warrior Project – Saturday 
  • Gold Star Families – Sunday 

Volunteers

Volunteers – The heartbeat of THE PLAYERS

The men, women and children who volunteer their time to THE PLAYERS Championship each year are an integral part of the event’s success, both during tournament week and in THE PLAYERS’ ability to positively affect hundreds of local charitable organizations.  Our volunteers support every element of the tournament, from tracking statistics, greeting guests, feeding fans to keeping the grounds beautiful throughout the week. 

2022 volunteer leadership:

The Tournament Chairman and the Vice-Chairmen are THE PLAYERS Championship’s volunteer leadership team. They oversee all volunteer committees and work year-round with the tournament team to deliver THE PLAYERS Championship – in addition to their day jobs, family duties and other community endeavors! They are some of THE PLAYERS’ biggest ambassadors in Northeast Florida and beyond.  

Past tournament chairpersons, otherwise known as “Red Coats,” continue to stay involved with THE PLAYERS as well. Each year, the Red Coats conduct surprise visits to nonprofit organizations throughout northeast Florida to present charitable donations as part of their annual Red Coat Grants program. During the 2021 holiday season, the group has conducted surprise donations to Gabriel House of Care, Angelwood, Sanctuary on 8th Street, The Giving Closet Project and Catholic Charities Jacksonville’s Camp I Am Special. 

Tournament Chairman – Matt Welch 

In this role, Welch oversees the nearly 2,000 volunteers who support the PGA TOUR’s flagship event. In addition, he represents THE PLAYERS at various speaking engagement opportunities in Northeast Florida throughout the year, educating the community on the championship and explaining how their support enables THE PLAYERS to positively impact lives in the five-county area. 2022 will mark Welch’s fifteenth year as a volunteer at THE PLAYERS. Prior to being named Tournament Chairman, he managed a variety of tournament committees, including ShotLink, parking, ecology, golf cart management, stadium village and disabled guest services.

Welch retired in 2015 as President of Elkins Constructors, Inc. with 32 years of service., where he led many notable construction projects in Northeast Florida, including the Main Library in downtown Jacksonville and the original PGA TOUR Entertainment building at World Golf Village. He continues to serve the industry as a construction consultant while maintaining an active presence on several boards and organizations, including the Board of Supervisors for the Clay County Utility Authority and the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities. A Georgia native, Welch graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Welch and his wife, Susan, live in Fleming Island.

  • First Vice Chairman – Houston Bowles 
  • Vice Chair of Player Services – Lee Nimnicht
  • Vice Chair of Spectator Services – Tyler Oldenburg
  • Vice Chair of Facilities – Marc Hassan 
  • Vice Chair of Volunteer Services – Kevin Copeland

Volunteers celebrating notable anniversaries this year:

*Please reach out to Emily Tillo if you are interested in setting up an interview with any of these volunteers. 

  • 15 years
    • Nicole Blackwelder, First Aid
    • Chris Huppert, Announcers
    • John Harbison, Construction *note – his brother, Phil, is also a volunteer
    • Lisa Kaspar, Player Transportation 
    • Anna Prest, 16 green hospitality 
    • Marge Ptacek, Volunteer Personnel *note – Marge plays an instrumental role in the volunteer registration process 
    • Matt Welch, 2022 Tournament Chairman 
    • Madison Fangman, Standard Bearers *note – volunteering is a family affair for Madison. Her dad, mom, sister and grandmother are all PLAYERS volunteers. 
  • 20 years
    • Kathy Krempler, Player Services
    • Robert Davis, Walking Scorers 
    • Steve Nix, Tournament Support *note- Steve is also heavily involved in various charitable initiatives in Northeast Florida, including the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund. 
    • Katina Toney, Commissary 
    • Debbie Verges, Competition Support 
  • 25 years
    • Dennis DeGuzman, Corporate Hospitality
    • Shelley Dickerson, Gallery Management 
    • Jim Browning, Commissary 
    • Nancy Crain, First Aid 
    • Albert Waters, Admissions 
  • 30 years
  • 35 years
    • Julie Mackey, Credentials 
    • Darlene Riggs, Darlene’s Diner 
    • Judy and Ken Robbins, Gallery Management 
  • 40 years
    • Clare Berry, Player Services 
    • Evelyn Kilgore, Player Transportation 
  • 45 years
    • John Mason, Evacuation 

Volunteer Village presented by Flagler Health+

Flagler Health+ serves as the sponsor of Volunteer Village, which is the “home away from home” for THE PLAYERS volunteers who dedicated tens of thousands of cumulative hours to this championship. Thanks to Flagler Health+, volunteers have a comfortable place to relax and take a break during their shifts.

Events

 

Foreward Together Golf Exhibit

Month of February 2022- TPC Sawgrass

Month of March 2022 – Jacksonville City Hall Atrium 

In the fall of 2016, the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum began a conversation with the Jacksonville Sports Council around a joint effort to celebrate the rich African American golf history in Jacksonville. After months of research and meaningful conversation with city leaders, historians, and Jacksonville residents from the late 1950’s, it became apparent that our city had a big story to tell. A display was created that was placed temporarily in the Ritz Theatre Museum that provided a representation of the rich African American golf history that exists not only in Jacksonville, but also throughout the country. From the Supreme Court ruling in 1963 that desegrated golf courses, to Calvin Peete’s landmark win at THE PLAYERS, to Charlie Sifford becoming the first African American to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, and all the way to today as Tiger Woods becomes a World Golf Hall of Fame member – African Americans have been trailblazers for the sport. Each year, the story continues to grow, which prompted THE PLAYERS and the PGA TOUR to help commission updates to the exhibit. The updated exhibit will be on display at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse during Black History Month and then move to Jacksonville City Hall during the month of March. 

Morgan Stanley Eagles for Impact

Thursday, March 10 through Sunday, March 13

Morgan Stanley, along with brand ambassador Justin Rose, is excited to be back at THE PLAYERS Championship celebrating great shots by giving back with the Eagles for Impact Challenge, benefiting First Tee.  

Now in its sixth year, Morgan Stanley has donated over $1.2 million dollars through the Eagles for Impact initiative and is excited to further the impact as more eagles are made this year.

For every eagle made during the tournament this year, Morgan Stanley will donate $5,000 to First Tee to help support the recruitment, development, and retention of diverse golf coaches, empowering them to develop deeper relationships with the next generation of game changing leaders. 

First Tee is a youth development organization that enables kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum, First Tee creates active learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids can carry to everything they do. Celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2022, First Tee has expanded to reach more than 3.6 million young people annually in all 50 states and select international locations, including 110,000 youth served locally through First Tee – North Florida.

Check out our Eagles for Impact tent near the 18th fairway to learn more about the initiative and for a chance to make an eagle in our three-hole putting course, designed by First Tee members.

Morgan Stanley will also host an event for 20 young women from First Tee – North Florida in their 18th hole hospitality tent at THE PLAYERS tournament. The group will have an opportunity to walk the course, hear from a variety of industry experts on their career journeys, and view practice rounds.   The initiative focuses on mentorship, giving back, and the game of golf with the hopes to inspire diversity & inclusion in the sport and empowering women and girls. 

Track our progress and cheer on the players by following the hashtag #EagleUp on Twitter & Instagram throughout the tournament.

Championing Change: Sustainability & Inclusion panel 

Friday, March 4 (11:00 a.m.)

  • TPC Sawgrass clubhouse, Ponte Vedra room for in-person attendees
  • THE PLAYERS is convening a group of industry leaders to discuss the stewardship and priorities of organizations to promote environmental sustainability and inclusion. This in person panel presentation will feature area leaders championing these efforts in order to improve our city and community, including:
    • Anne Coglianese, Chief Resiliency Officer, City of Jacksonville
    • Jeff Plotts, Director of Golf Course Maintenance Operations at TPC Sawgrass and 2021 Environmental Leaders in Golf Award (ELGA) Winner
    • Susan King, CEO of Feeding Northeast Florida
    • Neera Shetty, Executive Vice President, Social Responsibility & Inclusion, PGA TOUR
    • Quinton White, Executive Director, Jacksonville University Marine Science Research Institute
  • Any media interested in attending the panel presentation are required to RSVP in advance by contacting Emily Tillo at emilytillo@pgatourhq.com 

Fairways fore Excellence Forum

Tuesday, March 8 (8:30 am to noon)

  • Location: Sawgrass Marriott Masters Ballroom 
  • Sixty (60) first generation scholars and student athletes from area colleges and universities (UNF, FSCJ, JU, EWU, Flagler, FAMU, BCU, Morehouse, and Savannah State) have been invited to Fairways Fore Excellence, a sport and education forum/breakfast being hosted at Sawgrass Marriott. The forum highlights the wide variety of career opportunities available beyond the sport they play and will feature a panel discussion with leaders from various industries, (including golf course architecture, sports betting, financial services, sports journalism and medicine), speed networking and a course tour. The Forum also features panelists who are alumni of the TOUR’s minority internship program, including:

    Brandon Johnson, (PGA TOUR Intern Class of 1995), Vice President and Senior Golf Course Architect for Arnold Palmer Design Company; Sara Young (PGA TOUR Intern 2009) Doctor of Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Clinical Specialist at UF Health Jacksonville Rehabilitation; Nelson Silvero (PGA TOUR Intern – 2002), Vice-President, Content Strategy & Player Content, PGA TOUR; Aleizha Batson (PGA TOUR Intern Class of 1995) Senior Regional Communication Lead, Florida Blue; Stephanie A. Delgado (PGA TOUR Intern, 2006, 2007) Director of International , PGA TOUR; Jenae Jenkins, Program Director, First Tee Atlanta.

Rob Strano Golf Clinic for the Deaf and Blind

Tuesday, March 8 (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Rob Strano will host a unique clinic which offers students at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind golf instruction in sign language. This is the only known golf clinic of its kind. The students range in ages from 10-18 years old and most have never had exposure to the game of golf or the opportunity to attend THE PLAYERS.

The clinic will take place on the Dye’s Valley Course followed by a hands-on experience at the 17th Hole Challenge presented by Optum, Morgan Stanley and Grant Thornton. The kids will have an opportunity to hit balls at the replica 17th hole from 12:15-12:45 p.m. 

After 15 years as a professional golfer, Rob Strano decided to utilize his golf skills in order to help the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. In 2003, he began studying sign language in a quest to bridge an existing gap between the game of golf and the hearing impaired. By 2004, Strano held his first clinic in Florida and since has toured around the country bring the sport he loves to those who may have never been able to learn to golf.  

PGA TOUR Wives Association and Community PedsCare®

  • Tuesday, March 8
  • 9:30-11:00 a.m.
  • Championship Club (hospitality venue overlooking 16 green)

The PGA TOUR Wives Association and THE PLAYERS will host children and families from Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Community PedsCare for a fun-filled morning.  “These Kids Can Play presented by TIAA bank benefiting Community PedsCare” highlights the importance of interactive therapy. Jim Furyk’s wife, Tabitha Furyk, is the chairperson of this event for the PGA TOUR Wives Association, and many other TOUR players and their spouses will be in attendance to interact with the kids.  

Dream Day at THE PLAYERS

Wednesday, March 9 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Five youth from the below organizations will get their “Dream Day” at THE PLAYERS on Wednesday, where they will get the chance to sit inside the ropes on the Island Green 17th Hole and interact with players and caddies from 10-11:30. Afterwards, they will enjoy lunch and a behind the scenes tour. 

  • Dreams Come True
  • Tom Coughlin Jay Fund 
  • First Tee North Florida
  • Special Olympics Florida
  • Moore-Myers Children’s Fund

The five youth will find out about their Dream Day during a surprise party on Tuesday, March 1, at the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse. 

THE PLAYERS Championship Caddie Competition in memory of Bruce Edwards

Wednesday, March 9

THE PLAYERS Championship Caddie Competition in memory of Bruce Edwards is a closest to the pin competition on Wednesday of tournament week at the 17th hole. This is a great tradition unique to THE PLAYERS and one that provides an added layer of entertainment for the fans, players and caddies alike.  The competition is named to honor Tom Watson’s longtime caddie and friend Bruce Edwards, who passed away in 2004 from ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”   

 The winning caddie will receive all player contributions to the pot, a personalized money clip, a VIP parking spot in the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse lot and a personalized drawing commemorating their win.

Fans can keep track of how the caddies are doing, as closest-to-the-pin information will be provided on the leaderboards surrounding No. 17.

Past results of the Caddie Competition:

Past results:

Year

Caddie

Distance to Pin

PGA TOUR Player

2000

Ben Englebrecht

5 feet 7.5 inches

Steve Flesch

2001 (tie)

Brian Smith & Ken Comboy

6 feet 3 inches

John Huston & Thomas Bjorn

2002

Corby Segal

2 feet 10 inches

Brent Geiberger

2003

Chris Donald

9 feet 1 inch

Luke Donald

2004

Robert Ames

4 feet 6 inches

Stephen Ames

2005

Chris Jones

1 foot 4 inches

Mark WIlson

2006

Nick Helwig

6 feet

Hank Kuehne

2007

Ray Farnell

5 feet 3 inches

Greg Owen

2008

Jeff Willett

1 foot 5 inches

Brian Bateman

2009

Garerth Lord

6 feet 1 inches

Robert Karlsson

2010

Jorge Camarra

2 feet 6 inches

Francesco Molinari

2011

Anthony Knight

9 feet 11 inches

Aaron Baddeley

2012

Brent Henley

3 feet 7 inches

Robert Garrigus

2013

James Walton

4 feet 7 inches 

Y.E. Yang

2014

Chris Callas

7 feet 8 inches

Shawn Stefani

2015

Michael Hartford

3 feet 7 inches

Pat Perez

2016

Jon Yarbrough

5 feet 3 inches

Hunter Mahan

2017

Ian Finnish

6 feet 11 inches

Tommy Fleetwood

2018

Austin Kaiser

7 feet 2 inches

Xander Schauffele

2019

Danny Sahl

4 feet 3 inches

Vijay Singh

2020

Aaron Flener

2 feet 9 inches

J.T. Poston

2021

Chris Rice

1 feet 2 inches

Harold Varner III

Tesori Family Foundation All-Star Clinic 

Wednesday, March 9 (4:00 p.m.); The Yards 

The Tesori Family Foundation was founded in 2009 by Paul Tesori—former PGA TOUR player and current PGA TOUR caddie for THE PLAYERS 2018 champion Webb Simpson—along with his now wife Michelle, to give back to those in need in the Northeast Florida community. In early 2014, after the much-anticipated arrival of baby Isaiah (and his extra special extra chromosome!), the foundation expanded to give back not only in Paul’s hometown community, but throughout the United States, adding specific programming for children with special needs including but not limited to children with Down syndrome. The All-Star Clinic invites children with special needs to a golf clinic at Sawgrass Country Club, and it has since expanded to other PGA TOUR events as well, serving more than 200 kids annually.

 

Billy Horschel’s #DriveOutHunger campaign for Feeding Northeast Florida

Ongoing initiative through Sunday, March 13

5-time PGA TOUR winner, 2014 FedExCup champion and Ponte Vedra Beach resident Billy Horschel once again will host his #DriveOutHunger campaign for Feeding Northeast Florida.

He will donate $1000 for every birdie and $5000 for every eagle that he makes during THE PLAYERS to Feeding Northeast Florida. 

Horschel is encouraging fans and supporters to do their part by going to www.feedingnefl.org and choosing “Billy Horschel’s #DriveOutHunger Campaign” and then selecting their donation amount.

 

Volunteer story suggestions:

  • Profile Matt Welch, 2022 tournament chairman. In this role, Matt oversees the entire team of volunteers.
  • On the 40th anniversary of the first year that THE PLAYERS was hosted on the Stadium Course (1982), find a volunteer who worked that event!
    • see suggestions above under the volunteer anniversary section
  • THE PLAYERS has many families of volunteers. Interview a family to showcase why they volunteer and the mulit-generational
  • Do a story about the PLAYERS Pride Awards and how this tradition came to be. Learn more: https://www.theplayers.com/volunteer/players-pride.html
  • Do a story about the Jacksonville University photography students who are going to be on-site all week taking photos of PLAYERS volunteers. This is counting as official course credit for them!