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The PGA’s Greenbrier Classic, which debuted in 2010, is changing its name this year to A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Greenbrier Classic, West Virginia’s only big-time professional sports event, is changing names.

Now it’s becoming “A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.”

The PGA Tour approved the rebranding and will begin using the new name and logo right away in advance of the 2018 Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, scheduled for July 2-8 on the historic Old White TPC Course.

“We want the world to know that the military comes first, and our focus is on those men and women above everything else,” said Gov. Jim Justice, whose family owns The Greenbrier resort.

“Our new name reflects our commitment to celebrating and honoring the United States Military with everything we do.”

The PGA event debuted in 2010 and has been staged annually with the exception of 2016, when deadly flooding ravaged surrounding counties.

The tournament’s focus on the military will extend beyond the name change.

Active military and veterans will be admitted to the tournament free of charge, and will receive complimentary access to the Stars and Stripes Outpost — an air-conditioned building includes seating, televisions, private bathrooms and concessions.

Military Appreciation Day will be Tuesday, July 3. All veterans and active military will be presented with a voucher for a complimentary lunch.

On July 4, the tournament will join the festivities with a fly-over and other events to commemorate America’s birthday at America’s Resort, according to a news release distributed today by the tournament.

“The connection between The Greenbrier and the United States Military is undeniable,” said Jill Justice, president of The Greenbrier.

“We’re proud of that history and equally proud of the men and women who help protect our freedom today. We couldn’t be more excited about showing that appreciation through the name change and hosting a tournament focused on honoring the military.”

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