Patriot Golf Days Are Memorial Day Weekend 2021
Memorial Day Weekend 2021 marks the fifteenth annual Patriot Golf Day. A partnership between Folds of Honor and the PGA of America, the charitable event has raised more than $50 million to provide scholarships to the spouses and children of disabled or fallen service members.
In total, the Folds of Honor foundation has provided more than 29,000 scholarships worth $145 million.
For Patriot Golf Day, golfers can donate extra money through their greens fees, or at cash donation boxes at participating courses.
The first Patriot Golf Day was held at Grand Haven Golf Course — which today has been transformed with the help of Jack Nicklaus to the new American Dunes Golf Course. Revenues from that course support Folds of Honor.
Patriot Golf Day and Folds of Honor have their origins in 2006, when Air Force Lt. Colonel Dan Rooney, a class A PGA member, was on a commercial airline flight to Grand Rapids. Also on that flight were the remains of Corporal Brock Bucklin. Although the flight’s Captain asked that passengers remain seated as the casket was disembarked, that plea was ignored by many. The passengers de-boarded and went on their way while Bucklin’s family stood alone tearfully on the tarmac.
At that point, Rooney knew he had a mission in life and vowed that no American soldier’s sacrifice would ever go unappreciated or unrewarded.
From that humble beginning of 67 golfers, the event has grown into a nationwide network of participating courses.
For its part, the PGA of America has instituted PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere). A charitable foundation of the PGA of America, it works to introduce golf to veterans with disabilities as a therapeutic activity.
Both organizations benefit from Patriot Golf Days.
Visit Patriotgolfdays.Com for more information, to find a participating course or to donate.