BETHESDA, MD — The 2009 AT&T National hosted by Tiger Woods is confirmed to be held at the historic Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD, Greg McLaughlin, president of the Tiger Woods Foundation and Bret Hart, president of Congressional Country Club jointly announced. Congressional Country Club originally agreed to be the host site for 2007 and 2008, but has now confirmed that in 2009 they will again host the $6 million PGA TOUR tournament, featuring a field of 120 professionals while benefiting the Tiger Woods Foundation.
“I know the players and fans loved coming out to the Blue Course last year. We are honored and excited by the support we have received from the board and members at Congressional Country Club,” Tournament Host Tiger Woods said. “I’m thrilled we will be able to once again hold our championship there in 2009.”
“Congressional Country Club was pleased in 2007 to be able to bring a professional golfing event back to the DC Region. The tournament was a tremendous success. Our members were proud to play an integral part in that success and at the same time allow for contributions to many well-deserving charities,” Hart said. “That pride, coupled with the excitement surrounding the tournament, led to an overwhelming vote by the membership to be the 2009 venue for the AT&T National. We look forward once again to working with AT&T and the Tiger Woods Foundation on this prestigious championship.”
The AT&T National brings some of golf’s finest players to the D.C. area while benefiting the Tiger Woods Foundation and paying tribute to the men and women in our Armed Forces. In addition to serving as the host organization, the Tiger Woods Foundation also plans to expand its programs to the East Coast by bringing the Tiger Woods Learning Center to Washington, D.C.
Tickets are now on sale for this years AT&T National held on July 2 – 6, 2008. The $425 Golf Lovers Package, good for any one day, includes one VIP parking pass; clubhouse daily passes, Morton’s steak sandwich vouchers, and private on course lounge wristbands for four people. The Weekly Clubhouse Badge, good from Wednesday – Sunday, is $250 and includes clubhouse access and free general admission parking. A weekly ticket book can be purchased for $85, and daily gallery passes are $25 Wednesday – Friday and $30 Saturday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at www.attnational.org.
The Congressional Country Club, which opened in 1924, is par-72 course covering 7,173 yards. The course has played host to four majors–two U.S. Opens (1964 and 1997), one PGA Championship (1976) and the U.S. Senior Open (1995) and will host the U.S. Open once again in 2011. The Kemper Open was played there from 1980-86 and the Booz Allen Classic was held there in 2005. Congressman Oscar E. Bland and O.R. Lubring of Indiana, founders of the Club, set out to provide an informal common ground where politicians and businessmen could meet as peers, unconstrained by red tape. They took their idea to Herbert Hoover, then Secretary of Commerce, who agreed to serve as Founders’ Club President and, from 1922-1923, Honorary Founding President of a soon-to-be-built Congressional Country Club. Primarily because of the determination of these original two visionaries, the Club was incorporated in December 1921. Construction of the Club took two and one-half years from concept to completion. Its international recognition, intended for the world of politics, has been achieved instead in the world of golf.
About the Tiger Woods Foundation Since its inception in 1996 by Tiger Woods and his father Earl, the Tiger Woods Foundation has reached an estimated 10 million young people through character development, career exploration, scholarships and grant-making programs. Programs developed and supported by the Tiger Woods Foundation all share a similar mission of empowering young people to dream big and to set specific goals to achieve their dreams.
Specific programs of the Foundation include the Tiger Woods Learning Center, a youth-education facility and curriculum-based in Anaheim, California that will soon expand to Washington, D.C., and a nationwide character development program based on Earl D. Woods’ book entitled Start Something. The Tiger Woods Foundation recently launched the Fist Pump Challenge, an online program allowing young people to post videos of celebrating a personal goal or achievement. More information on the Tiger Woods Foundation and its programs can be found at www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org.
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