In conjunction with Saturday’s National Armed Forces Day activities at Colonial, officials at Crowne Plaza are expanding their “Room Nights for the Brave” charity initiative. Normally, the promotion involves Crowne Plaza donating a room night to a military family for every eagle recorded by a PGA Tour player during the stretch from Colonial week through July 4.
But during Saturday's third round, every birdie _ rather than eagle _ recorded at Colonial will trigger the same donation, said Gina LaBarre, Crowne Plaza’s vice-president of brand management.
As a point of reference, golfers made three eagles in Thursday’s opening round. But they made 414 birdies.
“We’re really happy to do this,” LaBarre said today. “It goes to a very worthy cause, especially considering what’s going on in the world today and how much our armed forces are doing for all of us. It’s the least we can do.”
Fans are urged to wear yellow ribbons to the course Saturday in honor of National Armed Forces Day. The third round will end with a ceremony honoring six Medal of Honor recipients on the 18th green. Fort Worth resident Rory Sabbatini, the 2007 Colonial champ, is scheduled to be involved with the ceremony.
_ Jimmy Burch