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Pros join military veterans and first responders to open A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier

GREENBRIER COUNTY, W.Va. — The first day of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, the opening stop for the 2019-2020 PGA TOUR, included a Pro-Am event with first responders, workers at The Greenbrier who have served in the military and professional golfers.

Donnie Warlitner, an assistant banquets manager at The Greenbrier, served in the U.S. Army.

He admitted he had not had much time to practice before Monday.

“That’s why it’s called the ‘Pro-Am’ I don’t get paid to do this,” Warlitner said with a laugh during an appearance on Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

MetroNews “Talkline” will broadcast live all this week from The Greenbrier starting at 10:06 a.m. on the MetroNews Radio Network and at wvmetronews.com.

The Pro-Am event was scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. following Monday morning practice rounds for some of the 156 players who make up the field for the PGA TOUR competition that begins Thursday on The Old White TPC.

For Monday’s Pro-Am, there were 23 four-player teams.

Participating players included John Daly, Ted Potter Jr., Joaquin Neimann, Cameron Tringale, Jonathon Byrd and Freddie Jacobsen.

A second Pro-Am was scheduled on Wednesday.

Tickets for the rest of the days of the tournament were available for free with registration at AMilitaryTribute.com.

A rookie orientation was held on Sunday.

“The new guys who just picked up their PGA TOUR cards, all of them came here and went through an orientation. They’re here, ready to play this week,” said Cam Huffman, director of public relations and content at The Greenbrier.

“You can see it in some of those guys who were down on the practice range already. This might be their first tournament or one of their first (tournaments) and they’re really extremely excited about the week.”

A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier is the former Greenbrier Classic, the annual PGA TOUR event that was first put on in White Sulphur Springs in 2010.

It past years, it was played around the July 4th holiday.

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