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Big Break: Warrior Edition honors military veterans with television-inspired golf skills competition

May 14, 2015

By Michael Baliker, PGA TOUR Staff

SUNSET, S.C. – On the eve of the Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, The Reserve at Lake Keowee, one of three courses played during competition, hosted a brand new golf skills competition on May 13 to benefit the Upstate Warrior Solution and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Each beneficiary strives to honor U.S. military veterans and their sacrifice for our nation.

Proceeds from the event exceeded $43,000 to Upstate Warrior Solution and WWP on behalf of Prudential.

Ten participating teams consisted of a Tour professional, a celebrity, a U.S. military veteran, an amateur and a junior. Skills competitions included those similar to seen on Golf Channel’s “Big Break” television series, including the Flop Wall Challenge, where competitors were forced to hit a flop shot over an intimidating wall to reach the green.

Participating celebrities included: Kira Kazantsev (Miss America 2015), Ed Roland (Collective Soul lead singer), musician Steve Azar, Debbe Dunning (“Home Improvement”), Richard Karn (“Home Improvement”), Frankie Muniz (“Malcolm in the Middle”), Gary Valentine (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop”), Rob Riggle (“Comedy Central’s” The Daily Show), Lanie Hudson (Miss South Carolina, 2014), and Hope Harvard (Miss Teen South Carolina, 2014).

“It’s exciting to see the community come together to support our local warriors from the Upstate,” said Charlie Hall, executive director of Upstate Warrior Solution. “We appreciate our friends at The Reserve at Lake Keowee for their dedication to surrounding our warriors in fun activities like Big Break: Warrior Edition. This unique event exquisitely models one of the goals of Upstate Warrior Solution: inspire the community to embrace the warrior.”

The winning team of the first-ever Big Break: Warrior Edition was “Murphy’s Marines” consisting of Tour professional Kevin Tway, celebrity Lanie Hudson, veteran Charlie Pannell, amateur Mike Murphy and junior Josiah Hinson.

Upstate Warrior Solution (UWS) connects warriors and families to community solutions, leads warriors to empower themselves, and inspires members of the community to embrace the warrior and warrior families.  UWS seeks to reach all warriors in the Upstate to provide support in several key areas: healthcare and benefits; education and career; housing and quality of life; and family support.  UWS serves five Upstate counties: Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg. To learn more or to be part of the solution, visit

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. To raise awareness, WWP enlists the public’s aid to care for the needs of injured service members, enable injured servicemen and women to aid and assist each other, and provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To learn more and get involved, visit

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