GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Six months ahead of the 75th Wyndham Championship PGA tournament, the tournament manager and Wyndham Worldwide SVP announced Thursday that fans can expect to enjoy at least five new attractions at this year's event.
Tournament director Mark Brazil said the Wyndham Championship, which runs from Aug. 11-17 at Sedgefield Country Club, will be the "biggest and best" tournament held thus far. Brazil said, "We (the Piedmont Triad) have lost textiles. We've lost jobs. We don't want to lose our PGA tour event. We can humbly say it's thriving, it's doing well, it's getting better every year."
He said fans will have an opportunity to meet and get autographs from five to seven past Wyndham Championship winners, as well as opt to join the new Legends Club--a new hospitality service Brazil described as "inexpensive," compared to others currently offered at Sedgefield. Brazil said Legends Club memberships will cost approximately $300 per week, but they currently are not being sold on a week-by-week basis. The club, made available with the partnership of Wyndham Worldwide, will be located at the back of the 10th green. Brazil said it is an opportunity for smaller companies or individuals to buy affordable hospitality at Sedgefield events, like the Wyndham Championship.
At the news conference, Wyndham Worldwide SVP Alyson Johnson also unveiled the launch of a new website, which she described as a user-friendly and social media-oriented platform that beholds several interactive opportunities for golf fans. Starting Thursday (through March 13), fans also can participate in the "History Lives #AtTheWyndham" Instagram contest, in which they can identify (via Instagram) historic photos from the Wyndham Championship tournament.
Johnson also announced two new charity opportunities the Wyndham Championship is undertaking ahead of the tournament. She said the Wyndham will launch a new program called "Birdies Fore Backpacks," by which supporters will collect "birdies" (pledges) to help feed hungry families in the Piedmont Triad. The second community service opportunity that will be held in conjunction with the Wyndham is a 75-hole tournament--"Play for Pink"--for breast cancer research.
Brazil acknowledged that the new features planned for the 75th Wyndham Championship will be appealing to the crowd already expected to be coming to the Piedmont Triad to enjoy the new Greensboro Performing Arts Center (GPAC).
Regarding conversations this past year about the possible building of a Wyndham hotel, Brazil said he has not been active in those discussions and cannot comment on whether the project will come to fruition.
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