The 2009 Melwood Prince Georgeâ€™s Open is one of just five Nationwide Tour events broadcast on The Golf Channel, which is seen worldwide. It will be broadcast live in its entirety June 4 through June 7, bringing a level of exposure that County Executive Jack Johnson sees as a plus for Prince Georgeâ€™s County.
â€œWe will be seen world wide for four days, and have people from all across the country hear about Prince Georgeâ€™s County,â€ Johnson said.
â€œThey will see us in the perfect setting, with beautiful homes and some will know that weâ€™re a predominately African American community. I think it will set the right tone for economic development for our county.â€
In addition to being a top notch golf tournament, the Melwood Prince Georgeâ€™s County Open is a week-long community event. It will feature a high school tournament and junior golf clinic, multiple Pro-Am events, a Military Honorary Observer program, Community Leader Award presentation, and various social events. New for this year will be a Chamber of Commerce event and a kidâ€™s zone. Children 12 years old and under and military personnel get into the tournament for free.
â€œWe want to try and make this a family atmosphere, a place where the whole family can come and enjoy themselves,â€ said Sodeman, â€œnot only seeing golf at its highest level, but also have a place where the kids can enjoy themselves.â€
Former Washington Redskin Brian Mitchell will serve as tournament host. Mitchell, who still holds 13 NFL records, said â€œPrince Georgeâ€™s County is a great area with a rich and diverse culture. I am honored to serve as the tournament host. Melwood is an outstanding charity that does wonderful things for the community, and the Woodmore course is on of the best in the region.â€ The tournament benefits Melwood Horticultural Training Center, is a nonprofit organization serving more than 2,100 people with disabilities, providing job training, employment, housing and recreation in the Washington D.C. area.
For more information on the Melwood Prince Georgeâ€™s County Open Tournament visit www.melwoodgolf.org or call 301 599 2732.