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2014 Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament underway in Akron

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AKRON, OH (WOIO) -

The Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament kicked off in Akron this week, and this year, there are many new additions for fans to enjoy.  

It's great that we all get a chance to see guys like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy in our own backyard, but there's a whole other side to this tournament.

Money, and not just prize money. 

The Bridgestone has been played in Akron since 1984. 

This year the economic impact, as far as hotels, food and tourism dollars, is expected to be around $30 million. 

Perhaps the best part is the amount money the tournament gives back to local charities. 

"One of the things at the PGA is founded on and the Bridgestone Invitational is philanthropy and since the tournament was conceived in 1984, $23 million has been given back to the community," said Phil Pacsi, Vice President of Bridgestone Customer Marketing. 

All total, the tournament will give $1.1 million to local charities. 

"This year the Ronald McDonald house in Akron Canton and Cleveland will be the primary beneficiary what they call the signature recipient," said Pacsi. 

Below is a summary of this week's events:

Sunday, July 27, 2014

8:30 a.m.        Susan G. Komen of Northeast Ohio – 5K Race/Walk – Firestone Stadium

10:15 a.m. – Survivor Ceremony – 18th Green, South Course, Firestone Country Club

Tuesday, July 29, 2014           

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Executive Women's Day – Main Dining Room (media invited to attend)

       Panel speakers include:

  • Robin Kilbride – CEO and President at Smithers-Oasist
  • Julie Boland – Managing Partner of the Cleveland Office at Ernst & Young
  • Rhonda Ferguson – Vice President, Corporate Secretary & Chief Ethics Officer at FirstEnergy Corp

Morgan Stanley's Carla Harris will be the keynote speaker. Harris is the Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley.  In addition to her duties at Morgan Stanley, Carla is an author and accomplished singer who has delighted audiences around the world with her soulful renditions of new and old gospel favorites.

9:45 a.m.             

Local First Tee Chapters from Cleveland, Akron and Canton compete for the Acme Fresh Market Cup – Firestone Public 9, shotgun start

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Gates open to public, practice rounds for professionals

9:00 a.m. to Noon        Web.com Small Business Summit – Main Dining Room

Free event for small business owners in Northeast Ohio will focus on helping small businesses learn how to successfully market their business online. Media invited to attend.

5:30 to 6:00 p.m.      Ambassador of Golf Public Ceremony with Johnny Miller – 1st Tee

Thursday, July 31, 2014

7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.   Gates open to public

8:40 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.   First Round of Competition – two tee start/threesomes

                                       Firestone Country Club – South Course

All day Military guests treated to complimentary food, beverages and relaxation at the Humana Birdies for the Brave Patriots' Outpost beginning Thursday and ending Sunday. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.    Gates open to public

8:40 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.    Second Round of Competition – two tee start/threesomes

                                       Firestone Country Club – South Course          

6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   Music After Play in the Fan Zone – Eric Hutchinson (free admission and happy hour specials with tournament ticket)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.     Gates open to public

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.     Third Round of Competition – one tee start/twosomes

                                         Firestone Country Club – South Course

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.   Military Recognition Ceremony – 16th hole Championship Club

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Music After Play in the Fan Zone – Winslow ( free admission and happy hour specials with tournament ticket)

Sunday, August 3, 2014         

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Gates open to public

8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Final Round of Competition – one tee start/twosomes

                                      Firestone Country Club – South Course

6:00 p.m.                        Closing Ceremony – 18th Green 

Admission is free to all ticketed fans.

Tickets to the Bridgestone Invitational can be purchased by visiting www.worldgolfchampionships.com or calling 904-542-5222.  Tournament proceeds benefit Northeast Ohio Charities—the Bridgestone Invitational annually donates approximately $1 million to local charities.

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