VIP TREATMENT: Vets Enjoy Charity Classic

Posted on: 5:31 pm, June 2, 2013, by , updated on: 10:55pm, June 2, 2013

Gary Woltz served in the Air Force in Vietnam.

He fought for our country not expecting anything in return, but at the Principal Charity Classic he has felt just how much his service is appreciated.

“I wish more people would see a veteran’s hat or veteran’s pin would come up and thank them. It means a lot to have accommodations like this,” said Woltz.

Members of our military got into the tournament for free.

The VIP treatment included snacks and food from the best seats on the golf course.

The Patriots Outpost tent sits above the 18th green and seats inside could have been sold for thousands of dollars.

Principal’s Chief Marketing Officer Mary O’Keefe says thanking our military is a better investment.

“Think about what these people sacrificed and the cost to them and their personal lives. It far outweighs what a sponsor would pay for it,” said O’Keefe.

While most spectators watched the tournament from outside the ropes a few special guests walked the fairways and shared the greens with the pros.

Captain Fritz Keys is a U.S. Navy Reservist. Sunday, his job was to tend the flag stick appropriately adorned with the red, white, and blue.

“Putting the flag in the cup at the end of the round is a nice way of capping off their 18 at the Principal Charity Classic,” said Fritz.

It’s a time when the men and women in uniform get a much deserved chance to share the spotlight with the best players on tour.