The 14th annual Deutsche Bank Golf Championship is back in Norton. The tournament is in its 10th year as a FedExCup Championship where the top players fight for the prize of 1 million, five hundred thirty thousand dollars for the Deutsche Bank Championship. The winner of the FedEx Cup wins a cool 10 million.
Yet what makes the tournament so special is how the organizers reach out to the fans and make it special for all gallery members. For example: children aged 15 and under can get a complimentary grounds ticket when they are accompanied by an adult. All active duty, reserves, and retired military members and their immediate families receive complimentary tickets and are welcome to the skybox style seating located at the 17th tee.
If there are young children in your family don’t leave them at home. Children will have tons of fun at the Kid’s Village where they can play putt-putt golf, face-painting, visiting with team mascots and enjoy special up-front seating on selected holes. And if they are already fans there is a special kids only section near the 18th green where they can snag some autographs from their favorite pro golfers. I wanted to know more about the tournament so I spoke with Mike Antolini, Deutsche Bank Tournament director.
New England Golf Monthly: Mike how has the tournament changed over the years?
Mike Antolini: We have always been glad to bring the top players like Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth to the Boston area because there is one thing everybody knows: Boston sports fans are some of the most dedicated and passionate sports fans in the country. In recent years we have tried to expand the fan experience. Children 15 and under get in free when they are accompanied by an adult. Kid’s village has putt-putt golf and face painting and there are special seating sections for the kids so they can be close to all the action.
N.E.G.M.: How has the attendance been at the tournament?
M.A.: Steadily increasing. At last year’s tournament we had over 140,000 fans come to see the top 100 golfers in the world battle for the FedExCup.
N.E.G.M.: It was a surprise to see Rickie Fowler come to the media day at the TPC Boston course in Norton when you consider that he had played two rounds in the PGA the day before and was leaving for Rio to compete in the Olympics the following day.
M.A.: Rickie has always been a great ambassador to the game. Rickie enjoyed winning at the Deutsche Bank in 2015 and just loved the enthusiasm of the Boston fans. He thought he owed it to come back and promote the tournament as much as he could. It’s just the kind of guy he is.
For further details check the web at www.dbcchampionship.com