WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WVNS)– For almost a decade, PGA greats have come to West Virginia to put on a show at the Greenbrier Resort.
Public Relations Director for the Greenbrier, Cam Huffman, said back in 2010, Governor Jim Justice purchased the resort and wanted to bring a PGA event to West Virginia after its long golf history.
“Arnold Palmer won his first professional money here. Gary Players played here,” Huffman said. “Everyone here throughout the year, obviously the connection with Sam Snead. So the history of this place is so important to golf so having a PGA Tour here just makes sense.”
After being called the Greenbrier Classic for the first eight years, in 2018 they changed the name to A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier. Huffman said the name change fits at the Greenbrier with its long history with the military.
“During World War II it was an army hospital,” Huffmand said. “Twenty-seven Presidents have visited here. Obviously, we have the Cold War Bunker on the property, so there is just a huge connection between the Greenbrier and the military.”
Huffman said over the last nine years, many memories have been made, from seeing all the concerts in the early years, to seeing Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and all the other PGA leaders.
“We’ve seen some of them as young kids coming up. Jordan Speith played on a sponsor’s exemption his first year here and almost won, and actually went out and won John Deer the next week,” Huffman said. “It’s just been fun to see the interaction between players and fans.”