FURYK & FRIENDS Constellation Shows Strong Support For Jacksonville Military Community
Looking at the big picture of an annual schedule of PGA TOUR champions reveals an impressive composite. In 2022, 27 events, including five major championships, span 19 different states, Canada and Scotland. No doubt, it’s a big deal.
But it’s only when you take a close, personal look at it that the intricate details and benefits of each week’s event become clear. Sounding cliché, perhaps, but when it comes to PGA TOUR-sanctioned events, the last man standing on Sunday afternoon is neither the only nor the biggest winner.
Each in its own way, PGA TOUR Champions events support, promote and uplift the communities in which they play, including the businesses and families that those communities are made up of.
Now in its second year after a highly successful 2021 debut, this week’s Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS presented by Circle K returns to Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida. And, again this year, Jacksonville residents began to feel the positive impact long before the first tee was even placed in the ground.
While the competition supports the Jacksonville event, the support and appreciation of the US military largely defines it. Between the large American naval base of Mayport and the naval air base of Jacksonville, the city is a military city at heart.
“The military is an integral part of the Jacksonville community,” said Jon Reaves, Director of Partnerships for Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS. “When Jim and Tabitha started this event – being a loyal Jacksonville event – the military was always going to be a big part of it. One of the first things we did was find a way to make entering our tournament as easy as possible for the military.
As the nation’s third largest naval base with over 4,000 acres bordering Timuquana Country Club, for over 80 years Naval Air Station Jacksonville has been an integral part of the fabric of Jacksonville and all surrounding communities.
As a primary air and industrial base, Naval Air Station Jacksonville’s mission is to provide the premier platform for generating and projecting naval power from shore. Naval Air Station Jacksonville is home to more than 100 aircraft operating full-time from the installation and is home to the Navy’s P-8A Poseidon Fleet Replacement Squadron and Patrol Squadron 30, which trains pilots, aircrews and US and foreign maintenance personnel.
Because Timuquana Country Club and Naval Air Station Jacksonville are geographically neck and neck, this common ground, so to speak, has resulted in a mutual respect stronger than ever today.
Driven by deep respect for the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families, throughout the week, the FURYK & FRIENDS Constellation presented by Circle K, tournament sponsors, volunteers and players are hosting and/or participating in a variety of events and initiatives to underline this appreciation.
Operation Shower’s mission is to recognize the moms and families of service members who serve in the Armed Forces. One of the main ways to do this is to have happy baby showers for those who regularly go above and beyond.
On Sunday, to kick off tournament week, along with Tabitha Furyk and Karen Feagins, VP of Client and Community Relations for Operation Shower, the Timuquana Country Club welcomed approximately 40 “military mothers” to the supported Operation Shower. by PNC and Circle K for an afternoon of relaxation and gifts. as a way to extend appreciation for their service and sacrifice.
“Operation Shower has always been dear to Jim and Tabitha’s heart,” Reaves said. “They supported him through the PGA TOUR Wives Association and now also through our tournament. We’ve had a number of military moms-to-be. Have Operation Shower’s support and community for them. It’s such a unique situation they go through, made even more unique by what they or their husbands do to serve our country. Trying to provide a wonderful experience here is one small thing we can do to thank them. They were showered with gifts and love and were able to meet other military moms-to-be to help continue building this community. It was really nice.
For Tuesday night’s Jake Owen concert at Daily’s Place in downtown Jacksonville, presenting sponsor SRS Distribution has donated 1,000 tickets to military families. During the show, Circle K was recognized for his support of K9 for Warriors along with ‘K’, the tournament sponsored dog in 2021, as well as the military warrior ‘K’ he was paired with.
“VyStar has deep roots with the military here,” said Dan Oakey, vice president and military liaison for the Jacksonville NAS branch. “We were founded in NAS Jacksonville in 1952 by military and public service members looking for a place to save and borrow safely. Today, 70 years later, we are still passionate about supporting the military community and veterans. Thus, our partnership with the Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS is a good way to extend this support.
Courtesy of VyStar Credit Union, Active Duty, Military Reserve, National Guard, Military Retirees, Military Veterans, Military Spouses and/or Dependents have received complimentary tournament tickets, including front-end access -post VyStar Patriots. The venue offers exclusive free hospitality, food and beverages for military members, veterans and their families.
“Whether people come to watch because they’re big fans of golf, because it’s a great day to hang out with family and friends, or even to learn about the game, we’re proud to do that. party and letting them know we’re here to support them,” Oakey said. “The tournament is great exposure for us, but it’s also a great opportunity for our military and veteran community members.”
In addition to military family activities, the FURYK & FRIENDS Constellation has made great strides in giving people the chance to get closer to the game, the players, and a professional golf tournament.
“It’s amazing how many times we – as a tournament – or Jim and/or Tabitha hear from military members about all the things golf has done for them in their post-military life to help them build camaraderie. which they miss, because it was something they had during their military years,” Reaves said. “It helps them with physical ailments. , to be able to serve and engage in this new part of military life is really, really amazing.
The last man standing Sunday afternoon at the Timuquana Country Club will hoist the trophy before leaving town and heading to the next event. But, on many levels, the greatest victory of the FURYK & FRIENDS Constellation is that granted to the men and women of the Armed Forces; the heart and soul of Jacksonville. And, best of all, it’s a win that will stay in town forever.
“We wanted to make it as easy as possible for service members and their families in Jacksonville and everywhere to get out and be exposed to the game of golf,” Reaves said. “This is just a small token of our appreciation for servicemen and servicewomen and what they do for our country.”