USGA And PGA Of America Support Patriot Golf Day September 1July 31, 2007E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Far Hills, N.J. - The United States Golf Association and the PGA of America have joined in backing the first Patriot Golf Day on Sept. 1, 2007. On that Saturday, each golfer at participating facilities will be asked to donate a dollar to support the Fallen Heroes Foundation and Wounded Warriors, Inc., tax exempt non-profit programs awarding educational scholarships and counseling to families who have had a parent wounded or killed in Iraq or Afghanistan.
|Dan Rooney plied his golf trade through Q-School to earn his card on the PGA Tour but was unsuccessful. (Courtesy PGA of America)
Patriot Golf Day is the creation of Dan Rooney, a 34-year-old USGA and PGA member who has served two tours of duty in Iraq as an F-16 fighter pilot. He got the idea as a way to remember our true heroes: those who have died in military service.
A native of Oklahoma, Rooney is a golf professional who struggled on the smaller tours and in 1997 tried unsuccessfully to attain his PGA Tour card through qualifying school. After that failed attempt, he and his father, John, bought Grand Haven (Mich.) Golf Club, a fixer-upper golf course along the shores of Lake Michigan.
He hopes to raise millions of dollars for the foundation, between individual and corporate donations.
"Patriot Golf Day is a call to action - a call to American citizens to help the children of our fallen heroes," Rooney said. "Its success depends on the patriots who support it. I humbly ask for the assistance of the great men and women in the golf industry to help our families in this time of war. We have a wonderful opportunity to make a difference."
Promotional materials will be on display during the next month at golf shops and in golf magazines. Individuals can go online to www.PlayGolfAmerica.com
for a listing of participating facilities. The listing will be updated daily.
"The United States Golf Association proudly supports this worthy cause," said USGA President Walter W. Driver Jr. "Thousands of our volunteers regularly give to the game and we hope the same spirit and generosity will prevail this day. Millions of golfers making a small contribution will make a large impact."
"The PGA is proud to have a member like Dan Rooney," said PGA of America President Brian Whitcomb. "When one of our own came to us with such a brilliant idea and rewarding cause, we wrapped our arms around it and said we would do whatever it takes to support him and give back to those who have given everything."
For more information on Patriot Golf Day, also contact www.FallenHeroesFoundation.org
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