| Palm Beach Post
More than a half-dozen area golf courses will participate in a nationwide initiative next weekend to support the needs of U.S. military veterans and their families.
Patriot Golf Day, a joint fundraising campaign hosted by the nonprofit organization Folds of Honor and PGA HOPE, raises awareness and scholarship funds for the families of fallen and wounded veterans. It will be held Sept. 4-7.
Folds of Honor and PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) work extensively with military families.
Folds of Hope provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans, while PGA HOPE, which is the flagship military program of the PGA of America’s nonprofit foundation PGA REACH, introduces golf to veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.
“Patriot Golf Day is truly the most heroic round of golf you will ever play,” said Lt. Col. Dan Rooney, CEO and Founder of Folds of Honor and a PGA Member. “The academic scholarships provided by Folds of Honor through Patriot Golf Day benefit so many deserving people.”
“Many recipients are first-generation college students who would not have the opportunity to attend school without the generosity of Patriot Golf Day participants.”
Legendary golfer and longtime North Palm Beach resident Jack Nicklaus will serve as the honorary chair of the event, which was launched 13 years ago.
“I never had the privilege to serve our great nation, but I am passionate and committed to any initiative that allows us to recognize, assist and support the men and women of our military, who have sacrificed so much for our freedom,” Nicklaus said. “When we can use the game of golf as the vehicle to give back, it becomes even more meaningful to me.”
Patriot Golf Day began as a grassroots fundraising initiative over Labor Day Weekend in 2007, with golfers nationwide encouraged to add an extra dollar to their green fees to fund Folds of Honor scholarships.
Over the last 13 years, that effort has grown to include onsite donation boxes, fundraising events, tournaments and golf marathons led by PGA Professionals and golfers throughout the United States.
More than 10,000 scholarships have been awarded through Patriot Golf Day, while Folds of Honor has distributed more than 28,000 scholarships in all 50 states and 41 PGA Sections.
Local golf courses participating in Patriot Golf Day are Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Mizner Country Club in Delray Beach, Okeeheelee Golf Course in West Palm Beach, Boca Country Club, The Club at Ibis in West Palm Beach, Indian Spring Country Club in Boynton Beach, Banyan Golf Club in West Palm Beach and Old Marsh Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens.
Those who can’t find a participating course near them can still play golf elsewhere and donate at FoldsofHonor.org or Venmo @PariotGolfDay.
In 2021, Patriot Golf Day will move to Memorial Day Weekend.