'Birdies for the Brave' Tees off at TPC Sawgrass | Community Spirit

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'Birdies for the Brave' Tees off at TPC Sawgrass

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First Coast News is on the golf course along with members of the military and members of the PGA Tour in an effort to raise money for wounded warriors.

The First Coast's annual PGA Tour stop, THE PLAYERS, is treating November as a month of giving back, and today is a Birdies for the Brave charity tournament.

Several professional golfers including local residents Vijay Singh, Jeff Klauk, and Frank Lickliter II joined FCN Sports Director Dan Hicken, Jacksonville Jaguars players Josh Scobee and Adam Podlesh as they teed up with professionals who wear different uniforms -- those of the United States military.

The course looks a bit different than in May, when the best field in golf tees up at the TPC.

For instance, the 16th hole, a long par 5, has a tank sitting in the middle of the fairway.

Birdies for the Brave is for wounded warriors and their families, and has provided more than $5 million for the charity since its inception in 2005.

Last week, PGA Tour officials announced the 2010 Players Championship raised a record $4.8 million for local charities.

Today, Tour officials announced that active duty and retired military members and their dependents will receive free admission all week long at the 2011 Players.  There will also be an expanded Patriot's Outpost hospitality tent on site to serve food and drinks to the military.

"We cannot begin to describe how much admiration and respect we have for the men and women in uniform," said Executive Director Matt Rapp. "We hope the Birdies for the Brave event along with our free military admission and hospitality policy can show even the smallest amount of our support for all that they do for our country."

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