2012 US Open Qualifier Casey Martin Receives Exemption for Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

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Las Vegas, NV – The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open announced today that former PGA TOUR professional and 2012 US Open qualifier, Casey Martin, has been awarded a sponsor exemption to compete in the 2012 tournament in Las Vegas, Oct. 1-7.

“We are proud to award a sponsor exemption to Casey Martin, a man who has displayed fierce courage and perseverance on and off the course in his career,” said Raoul Frevel, chairman of the Shriners Hospitals for Children golf committee. “At Shriners Hospitals for Children, we are committed to providing the chance to achieve your dreams, and granting an exemption for a man of Casey’s character embodies this mission.”

A former teammate of Tiger Woods at Stanford University, Martin was a member of the university’s NCAA Championship team in 1994 and a two-time All-American. He turned professional in 1995 and as a member of the Nike Tour, currently known as the Web.com Tour, received his first professional win at the Lakeland Classic in 1998. Martin earned his PGA TOUR card in 2000 and recorded five top-50 finishes.

“The opportunity to compete in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is an incredible honor,” said Casey Martin. “With the exceptional care provided by the hospitals for families regardless of their ability to pay, I am excited to be involved and support a great cause.”

Martin currently serves as the head coach for men’s golf at the University of Oregon where he has led the team to four NCAA Championship appearances in the last five years. In June 2012, he qualified for the US Open in San Francisco where he narrowly missed the cut by one stroke.

The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open will be held Oct. 1-7 at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.jtshrinersopen.com. 

About The 2012 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open:
The 2012 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is the ongoing commitment between Timberlake and Shriners Hospitals for Children® to continue the tradition of a PGA TOUR event in Las Vegas.  The collaboration between Shriners Hospitals for Children® as Title Sponsor and Host, along with Celebrity Host Justin Timberlake, creates a truly unique and world-class event for players and fans alike.  A variety of well-known golfers will participate in the competition and help support the mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children®, while enjoying the signature flair that Las Vegas has to offer.  The 2012 tournament is October 1– 7, 2012 at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. Join the Celebration as we mark 30 years of PGA TOUR Golf in Las Vegas and 90 years of care from Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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About Shriners Hospitals for Children®:
Shriners Hospitals for Children® is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. The 22 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and relies on the generosity of donors.  All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

About the PGA TOUR:
The PGA TOUR is a tax-exempt membership organization of professional golfers. Its primary purpose is to expand the PGA TOUR so as to substantially increase player financial benefits while maintaining our commitment to charity and integrity to the game.

In 2011, the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour collectively consist of more than 100 events staged in 34 states and in 12 countries outside of the U.S.

In addition to providing competitive opportunities for its membership, TOUR events also generate significant funds for local charities.  In fact, the PGA TOUR and its tournaments have given nearly $1.5 billion in overall charitable contributions.  The PGA TOUR's Web site address is www.pgatour.com and the company is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.


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