The Edmond Sun


June 18, 2014

2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship holds Military Appreciation Day July 8

EDMOND — The United States Golf Association (USGA), in conjunction with the Oklahoma-based Folds of Honor Foundation (FHF), will honor the military in Oklahoma and around the country by hosting Military Appreciation Day during the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship, held at Oak Tree National, on Tuesday, July 8.

All current and former military personnel and their families, whether active, retired, or veteran, with proper identification (whether a military ID, a Form DD 214, or other reasonable evidence of service) will receive complimentary admission on July 8 for Tuesday’s practice round. Military personnel will be able to secure their tickets at the admissions gate. Red, white and blue ribbons will be distributed at the Main Admission gate to distinguish military in the crowd.

Military Appreciation Day at the 2014 U.S. Senior Open will begin at 7 a.m. on the first tee, with the presentation of colors by the Governor’s Honor Guard, Oklahoma National Guard. Immediately following, daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Barry and Stacie Vincent, Ashten Vincent will perform the national anthem. Throughout the day, members of various military branches will announce the players teeing off on the first and 10th tees, as well as tending the flagsticks, with the American flag, on the 9th and 18th greens.

An exhibition will be held at 2 p.m. on the practice range, including FHF Founder Major Dan Rooney, and decorated veteran, Major Ed Pulido, representing Folds of Honor, joined by 1995 U.S. Open champion Corey Pavin and 1996 British Open champion Tom Lehman. Both players shared the runner-up position in a four-way tie at the 2012 U.S. Senior Open. The show incorporates great golf, great fun and an inspiring message. 

“As both a golf professional and veteran, it’s an honor to participate in the U.S. Senior Open’s Military Appreciation Day,” said Major Dan Rooney, FHF founder. “Corey (Pavin) and Tom (Lehman) have long stood behind Major Pulido and me and our Folds of Honor mission, and we’re thrilled to have their support in ensuring the educational future of our nation’s veterans and their families.”

Military Appreciation Day runs in conjunction with the USGA’s initiative that provides free admission for all kids 17 and under when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Each ticketed adult can bring up to nine (9) kids. The remainder of the week, all military personnel will receive 50% off tickets.  Visit for more information and to buy your tickets today.

“Oak Tree National and the U.S. Senior Open are proud to host servicemen and servicewomen throughout the country at our national championship,” said Jeff Ewing, championship director for the 2014 U.S. Senior Open. “This is just a small token of our sincere appreciation for those who serve our country.”

For military inquiries, please contact Major Ed Pulido, Sr. VP of Public Relations and Military Affairs, Folds of Honor,, 405-833-9092.



The 35th U.S. Senior Open to be held July 7-13, 2014, at Oak Tree National, in Edmond will feature a field of 156 of the world’s best professional and amateur senior golfers (over the age of 50). Players entered to compete include Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie, Vijay Singh, Hale Irwin, Bernhard Langer, and Tom Lehman. The players also include Oak Tree National’s own Gil Morgan, Bob Tway, Willie Wood and Scott Verplank. The U.S. Senior Open will mark a return to championship golf for Oak Tree National, building on its rich history. NBC and ESPN will provide at least 14 hours of live television coverage of all four rounds of the championship. All youth 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.



The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.

The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices.  It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

For more information about the USGA, visit


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