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Opening ceremony kicks off 2014 Greenbrier Classic play

By Marcus Constantino, Multimedia reporter

An opening ceremony kicked off the 2014 Greenbrier Classic PGA Tour golf tournament Thursday morning.

Bagpipe player Don Dransfield of Union and the Greenbrier East High School drumline and flag corps led the procession onto the first tee at 6:40 a.m. as cool morning air and fog lingered over The Old White TPC. Members of the Greenbrier East High School boys and girls basketball teams, both coached by Greenbrier owner Jim Justice, also took part in the ceremony, which was watched by a handful of spectators and a crowd of chefs from The Greenbrier.

Jeff Bryant, director of entertainment for The Greenbrier Hotel and principal of Greenbrier East High School, pierced through the silence of the morning with his rendition of The Star Spangled Banner on trumpet, accompanied by the Greenbrier East drumline. John Klemish, adviser to the chairman and broker-in-charge for The Greenbrier Sporting Club, followed with the ceremonial first shot of the tournament.

The ceremony was closed with Dransfield playing “When The Saints Go Marching In” on bagpipe — a nod to the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, which will host part of its 2014 training camp at The Greenbrier later this summer. The team’s 50,000 square foot training facility at The Greenbrier is still under construction; it’s expected to cost more than $20 million.


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