Monday, August 24, 2009

Be a Patriot


Patriot Golf Day has become one of my favorite days in golf--right there behind Sunday at the Masters and the first day of the season that Tiger Woods tees it up.

The third annual Patriot Golf Day, a joint initiative of the PGA of America and the USGA, allows golfers the opportunity to donate an additional $1 each green fee that is processed September 4-7.  Many golf courses and resorts are participating.  The proceed provide post-secondary educational scholarships through the Folds of Honor Foundation to families of those who have become disabled or lost their lives in the line of duty.  In my hometown, Orlando, Hawk's Landing Golf Club at the Orlando World Center Marriott is participating in the event.

In 2008, more than $2.1 million was raised at more than 3,800 golf facilities nationwide.

The event has an added special meaning because I'm from Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Patriot Golf Day was inspired by Major Dan Rooney, a PGA Professional and USGA member from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (a Tulsa suburb), who served three tours of duty in Iraq as an F-16 pilot.

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