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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL / CHATTANOOGA, TN – The Nationwide Tour has selected twin brothers Ron and Andy Kamada of the Chattanooga Classic presented by Black Creek to share the Tour’s 2009 Volunteer of the Year award, it was announced today by the PGA TOUR.   

The Kamada twins have been volunteers of the Chattanooga Classic presented by Black Creek since the tournament’s inception in 2003.  They have served the Classic in numerous ways, most recently as co-chairmen of the Walking Scorers committee.  During their seven years with the Chattanooga Classic, they have devoted vacation time to be a part of the tournament’s volunteer team.  The Kamada’s volunteer careers began in the early 1990s when they worked at the PGA TOUR’s Provident Classic, which was also held in Chattanooga. 

“We are both so very surprised to be honored in such a special way by the PGA TOUR, especially for something that we’ve enjoyed being a part of over the years,” said Ron and Andy Kamada.  “Serving the Chattanooga Classic has been a very special way for us to give back to our community and some charities we dearly love”.  Included among those charities is last year’s Nationwide Tour co-Charity of the Year, the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee. 

“With their willingness to perform any task over the years, the Kamada twins have been invaluable to the success of the Chattanooga Classic presented by Black Creek,” said Chip Baker, Executive Director of Friends of the Festival, the Classic’s management organization.  Classic Tournament Director Mickey McCamish added, “Having Ron and Andy recognized in this very prestigious way on behalf of the Chattanooga Classic presented by Black Creek is so special to all Classic volunteers and the Chattanooga community”. 

“The Nationwide Tour congratulates Ron and Andy Kamada on their special contributions to the Chattanooga Classic presented by Black Creek,” said Nationwide Tour President Bill Calfee.  “The entire Tour thrives because of people like Ron and Andy who give unselfishly of themselves to make our tournaments successful and fun, while contributing to the support of worthy causes in the communities where they live.” 

In recognition of their selection, the Kamadas have been invited to be VIP guests of the Tour at the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island in Charleston in late October. 

The 2010 Chattanooga Classic presented by Black Creek will be played Oct. 7-10 and hosted by the Black Creek Club for the eighth year in a row.   

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