A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier will bring the PGA Tour back to West Virginia, though this year, it will have to squeeze in to find a place among an already busy September weekend in the Mountain State.
The Greenbrier announced Monday that the tournament, on the Tour schedule since 2010, will be held Sept. 9-15 on The Old White TPC at the Greenbrier. Until this year, the event had been held during the week of Independence Day. Tournament rounds will be held Sept. 12-15.
That move to September leads to much greater competition for interest. When held in July in previous years, the tournament formerly known as the Greenbrier Classic was the biggest event in the state that week. This year, it goes head to head with college and prep football.
Not only will there be a full slate of prep football games that weekend, but both West Virginia University and Marshall will be at home as well. Marshall hosts Ohio in their “Battle for the Bell” rivalry, while WVU hosts North Carolina State, a team that went 9-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference last season.
The resort announced several changes to the tournament beyond the date. It introduced the Greenbrier’s vice president of golf, Robert Harris, as the tournament’s new executive director. Harris replaces former executive director Habibi Mamone.
Harris began his tenure at the Greenbrier in 1991 as its director of golf and has served in a number of capacities at the resort, including overseeing all its recreational activities. Before coming to the Greenbrier, Harrison was director of Golf at the Pontre Vedra Inn & Club and head golf pro at the Resort at Glade Springs.
The Greenbrier also has retained HNS Sports Group, a tournament management company based in Dublin, Ohio, to support Harris and the tournament management team. Among the PGA Tour stops HNS is connected with are the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the Memorial.
With its move to September, the tournament will continue to honor members of the United States military and first responders, and also recognize the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Golf won’t be the only sport played that weekend at the Greenbrier. The resort also will hold its Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic on Sept. 13-14. Former participants include Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Martina Hingis and Pete Sampras.
Another change is that all four rounds of the tournament will be broadcast on the Golf Channel. In past seasons, the final two rounds have been broadcast on CBS.
Tickets for A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier will go on sale in May and will be accompanied by additional details on other attractions to be hosted during tournament week. All tournament information, including ticket availability, will be offered online at amilitarytribute.com or by calling 888-598-7380.