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Doctors Supporting Troops returns, gives vets chance to golf with the pros



The Reno-Tahoe Open welcomes the return of its “Doctors Supporting Troops” program thanks to local doctors Daniel Rowan of EyeZone, Jason Champagne of Champagne Family Dentistry, Robert Quigley of Sierra Nevada Nephrology, and Renny Uppal of Reno Orthopedic Clinic. Nominations for the second annual program are due June 22, encouraging veterans of all military branches to submit an essay of 500 words or less, or a personal photo taken while serving in the military, with information detailing the importance of the time and why he or she would like a chance to play in the tournament’s coveted Official Pro-Am. The four doctors act as caddies for the day. Winners are announced no later than July 11.

In addition to the opportunity to play in the only PGA TOUR Pro-Am tournament in northern Nevada, selected participants of the “Doctors Supporting Troops” contest also receive overnight accommodations and an invitation to attend the exclusive Pro-Am Pairings Party on Tuesday, July 31, where he or she can participate in a game of chance to select a PGA TOUR player to hit the links with Wednesday at Montrêux Golf & Country Club. Selected veterans also receive two VIP season tickets to the Reno-Tahoe Open and a feature on KRNV News 4 with anchor Bill Frankmore in the weeks leading up to the tournament.

“These generous doctors are providing an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime golfing opportunity our veterans,” said Jana Smoley, executive director of the Reno-Tahoe Open. “The Reno-Tahoe Open is thrilled to once again join these caring doctors and KRNV in continuing this incredible program and we’d like to thank them for their generosity and overwhelming support of our armed forces.”

All essays must be 500 words or less and be submitted along with a completed application to [email protected] by 5 p.m. Friday, June 22. Submissions may be entered by friends or family as well as the actual veteran who is being nominated. All nominees must be military veterans with honorable discharge status. A copy of military identification should be included in the application as well as indication of the applicant’s handicap.

To learn more or view the complete set of rules, visit www.RenoTahoeOpen.com.

For more information on the 14th annual Reno-Tahoe Open at Montrêux, including ticket sales, vacation packages, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit online or contact the tournament office at 775-322-3900.

The 14th annual Reno-Tahoe Open at Montrêux, an official PGA TOUR event, takes place July 30 – Aug 5, 2012 at Montrêux Golf & Country Club in Reno, Nev. The tournament is one of just 47 full-field stops during the PGA TOUR Regular Season and is part of the FedExCup series, a points competition for PGA TOUR professionals. The internationally-televised event brings in millions of dollars in coverage for the Reno-Tahoe region through its affiliation with The Golf Channel as it follows 132 PGA TOUR professionals competing for a share of the tournament’s $3 million purse. The Reno-Tahoe Open is managed and operated by the Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, comprised of key sponsors including the Eldorado Hotel Reno, Montrêux Development Group and NV Energy.

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