GREENSBORO, N.C. � Fans attending the inaugural Wyndham Championship will have chances to win thousands of dollars in prizes while at the Piedmont Triad�s PGA TOUR event Aug. 13-19 at Forest Oaks Country Club as tournament organizers begin an overhaul of the fan experience. The tournament will offer separate drawings and putting contests for men, women and kids ages 15 and under. While there will be some prizes for the putting competitions, the majority of the prizes will be distributed through drawings. The emphasis is simply on participation. Fans attending the Piedmont Triad�s PGA TOUR event can win prizes even if they have never picked up a golf club. Every fan that competes, regardless of putting skill, will be entered into hourly drawings for $250 prizes followed by grand prize drawings worth thousands of dollars in each of the three categories on Sunday. On the competitive side, putting contests will result in significant prizes awarded at the end of each tournament day with the championship round on Sunday leading to even bigger prizes. �We want the fans to have a remarkable time while they�re at the tournament,� Tournament Foundation Board chairman Bobby Long said. �We�re adding activities that will expand the scope of our event. We realize the fans can�t watch golf the whole time they�re at the Wyndham Championship so we�re making our event more than just a golf tournament. We plan to give away some very serious prizes.� �These competitions are a major initiative; we�re giving away tens of thousands of dollars in prizes. The drawings and putting contests make up the first of many new programs we�ll be announcing in the next two months designed to enhance the fan�s overall experience,� tournament director Mark Brazil said. �In our world of PGA TOUR events, it�s important to reach a broad-based audience, and I hope these competitions will appeal to families throughout the Piedmont Triad. Most schools will not yet be in session, so much like our partners at Wyndham, we are emphasizing the family. Kids ages 15 and younger are admitted to the Wyndham Championship free of charge with a paying adult, so this tournament is a very affordable family opportunity.� Additional details about the drawings, the putting competition and the prizes will be revealed as the inaugural Wyndham Championship approaches. The 2007 Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 13-19 at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Tickets can be purchased online at wyndhamchampionship.com; children ages 15 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. The tournament welcomes Wyndham Worldwide as its new title sponsor and thanks Premier Partners, AIG, Harris Teeter and VF Corporation for their continued support. Additional tournament information is available at wyndhamchampionship.com or through the tournament office at (336) 379-1570. For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.
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