In 1971, the Broome County Open was born and the sleepy town of Endicott, New York came to life as golf enthusiasts and curious spectators from all over the United States found their way to the Southern Tier to watch the biggest names in golf take to the greens. In 1972, the Broome County Open changed its name to the B.C. Open, and in 1973, it became a PGA Tour golf tournament.

34-years after becoming the B.C. Open and a PGA Tour golf tournament, the event changed names again, this time to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. It was at this time that it became a PGA Tour Champions event, bringing in the best of the best professional golfers ages 50 and older.

The Broome County Open, B.C. Open, and Dick’s Sporting Goods Open have had a major impact on the Southern Tier, bringing in extra jobs and money to our local economy each summer. Additionally, millions upon millions of dollars have been donated through the tournament hosts to local charities.

Charity and giving back to our community has always been a major priority for this event, but it’s not just the tournament organizers who are making sure that our community is taken care of. Area businesses are doing the same. Businesses like Lockheed Martin.

For the past few years, Lockheed Martin has been offering local veterans and their families the opportunity to enjoy the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open free of charge with the Patriots’ Outpost. This year, the Patriots’ Outpost will overlook the 9th green and as in years past, admission will be completely free to area veterans each day during the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open (August 13th-19th, 2018) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you’re a local veteran and would like the opportunity to watch the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open from the Patriots’ Outpost with your family, simply show your Military ID or CAC Card at the front gate for your complimentary pass, courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

Refreshments and light snacks will be provided free of charge as will information on local veterans organizations and groups.

To learn more about Patriots’ Post, please reach out to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open Tournament Office at 607-205-1500.

[via Dick's Sporting Goods Open/Lockheed Martin/Ocala Star-Banner]