June 29, 2009
Bridgestone Golf Marks 5-Year 'Tee it up For The Troops'
Partnership with Landmark Product Donation
Industry Leader Continues To Support Members of United States Armed Forces
Covington, Ga. - Ever since Bridgestone Golf entered the U.S. market it has displayed an unwavering support for members
of the United States military, past and present. Today, Bridgestone announced that it would celebrate the 5th anniversary
of its partnership with Tee It Up For The Troops, by donating nearly 800 dozen, logo golf balls to the organization for
use during its annual National Tee It Up For The Troops Day.
Every year, National Tee It Up For The Troops Day is held on the Friday closest to September 11th. On National Tee It Up
For The Troops Day - this year September 11th - all golfers are encouraged to voluntarily match 10% of their greens fees
in a donation to Tee it Up For The Troops. At participating event locations golfers will receive a free sleeve of Bridgestone
golf balls. Bridgestone Golf's 2009 donation represents a value of nearly $25,000 bringing the company's 5-year contribution
to Tee It Up For The Troops to nearly $100,000 of products and services.
TEE IT UP FOR THE TROOPS, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the fallen and disabled members of the
Armed Forces and their families through various golf centric programs designed to show support for veterans and active duty
military men and women. Tee It Up For The Troops was the first organization to plan a national day of golf to honor the
fallen and their families, beginning their program in 2005.
"TEE IT UP FOR THE TROOPS does a great job of using golfers' love for this great game to show support for the bravest of
American men and women," said Dan Murphy, Senior Director of Marketing, Bridgestone Golf, Inc. "We are pleased to provide
product and manpower to help ensure that their events remain a success."
Bridgestone has been a supporter of the Tee It Up For The Troops program for five years, first providing equipment for driving
ranges built for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2005. In addition, Bridgestone Golf has remained the primary golf equipment
supplier for Tee It Up For The Troops fundraising events throughout the country, donating equipment as prizes annually.
"Bridgestone Golf was the first major golf supplier to step up to the tee in support of our TIUFTT National Day of Golf,"
Said JB Ball, President of TIUFTT, and the father of a soldier. "We are honored that Bridgestone continues to partner with
us. With their help we have been allowed to provide scholarships, transportation, housing and athletics to those currently
serving and their families, and to a variety of veterans programs to say Thank You to ALL who serve."
For more information on the program and Bridgestone's support visit www.bridgestonegolf.com or
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Bridgestone Golf, Inc., based in Covington, GA, manufactures and markets premium
golf balls, clubs and accessories under the Bridgestone and Precept brand names.
Bridgestone is represented on a world stage by a number of internationally famed
Fred Couples, Matt Kuchar,
Brandt Snedeker, Davis Love III,
Paula Creamer, Nick Price,
and Lee Trevino.
Bridgestone Golf, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd.,
whose headquarters are in Tokyo.
Bridgestone Golf, Inc. is proud to be the #1 Ball Fitter in Golf as the industry
leader in live launch monitor fittings. Bridgestone provides three ways for golfers
to find the ball that best fits their game: live fittings through the
Bridgestone Ball Fitting Challenge, live online
chats with ball fitting
experts through its B-FIT service, and an easily accessible
Online Ball Selection Guide. For more
information on ball fitting, including a complete schedule of Ball Fitting Challenge
events, visit www.bridgestonegolf.com.