PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA – Longtime Wyndham Championship (Greensboro, North Carolina) volunteer Paul Brown was honored at the PGA TOUR’s Tournament Meetings Nov. 20 as the 2019 PGA TOUR Volunteer of the Year. With the award, the PGA TOUR will donate $5,000 to Brown’s charity of choice, The First Tee of the Triad, a non-profit organization teaching kids (aged 7-18) valuable life skills and essential character traits through the game of golf.
PGA TOUR to make donation to The First Tee of the Triad on Brown’s behalf
Brown has volunteered at the Wyndham Championship for over 20 years, most recently serving as a Gallery Control Marshal and Hole Captain at Sedgefield Country Club’s 16th hole. His efforts are not restricted to tournament week, as he supports the tournament staff throughout the year by assisting in multiple office needs, including conducting surveys on how to improve the tournament. The Wyndham Championship is just one of several Piedmont Triad events to which Brown donates his time.
“This is wonderful news for Paul Brown and the Wyndham Championship family,” said Wyndham Championship Tournament Director Mark Brazil. “Paul is very deserving of the PGA TOUR Volunteer of the Year honor. He loves our Piedmont Triad community and shows it through his volunteerism with the Wyndham, the Greensboro Sports Foundation, the Greensboro Aquatic Center, the Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets NBA G-League) and many other community activities. Congratulations to Paul and his wife Charlotte on this special recognition.”
Tournaments would not be possible without the support of volunteers, who not only help the event operate, but also contribute to the overall charitable impact. With the support of more than 100,000 volunteers annually, the TOUR assists approximately 3,000 charities each year. In 2018, the PGA TOUR and its tournaments generated a record $190 million, bringing the all-time total to $2.84 billion.
“This is an absolutely overwhelming honor,” said Brown. “When you think of the thousands of volunteers on the PGA TOUR who serve in the trenches, for me to be singled out in this manner is something I’ll never forget. But our event is a team effort, and I accept this award on behalf of all of volunteers and tournament staff who help make the Wyndham Championship one of the TOUR’s premier events.”
Soon to be 85 years old in January, the Minnesota native is no stranger to sports, having worked for 45 years as an official for football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer. His wife, Charlotte, also an avid golfer, is heavily involved in dog shows, having served as a superintendent at the Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden.
The 2020 Wyndham Championship, won this year by J.T. Poston, will be held August 4-9 at Sedgefield Country Club.
ABOUT PGA TOUR
By showcasing golf’s greatest players, the PGA TOUR engages, inspires and positively impacts our fans, partners and communities worldwide.
The PGA TOUR, headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, co-sanctions more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Korn Ferry Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Series-China. Members on the PGA TOUR represent the world’s best players, hailing from 28 countries and regions (93 members are from outside the United States). Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to 226 countries and territories in 23 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations to maximize charitable giving. In 2018, tournaments across all Tours generated a record $190 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to $2.84 billion.
ABOUT THE WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Contested annually on the Donald Ross-designed course at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., the Wyndham Championship was founded in 1938 and is the sixth-oldest event on the PGA TOUR excluding the Majors. The tournament thanks title sponsor Wyndham Rewards and presenting sponsor BB&T for their continued support. Additional tournament information is available at www.wyndhamchampionship.com and the tournament’s social media channels, including the Wyndham Championship Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.