The Southwest Section of the PGA and 80 plus golf courses participated in Patriot Golf Day during Labor Day weekend, September 3-6 2010. A total of $78,829.00 was raised from all of the participating golf courses; 3 out of the top 10 golf courses are from the Tucson area. Ventana Canyon Golf & Racquet Club led the way raising $18, 275.00 followed by Tubac Golf Resort raising $13, 870.00 and Omni Tucson National Golf Resort. A special “Thank You” to all of the PGA Professionals and thier staff for all of their hard work!
“We embraced the opportunity to help our Military Men and Women, as they put thier lives on the line everyday to keep our country safe,” remarked Brandon Smith, PGA member at Ventana Canyon Golf & Racquet Club. “We’re already working on next year with about 600 cold calls and letters out to local businesses with some responses already. The event was really spearheaded by one of our members Paul Adamsbaum, but in the end we had a pretty substantial committee of staff and members that did the work. One of our members is Captain Doug Hadley in the AZ Air National Guard, Doug did a lot of the work with the bases”.
Patriot Golf Day is the flagship fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides post-secondary educational scholarships for the children and spouses of military men and women disabled or killed while serving our great nation. On Labor Day weekend, golfers across the country are asked to add an extra dollar to their greens fees to fund Folds of Honor scholarships. The Patriot Golf Day campaign is jointly supported by The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association.
The Folds of Honor Foundation was founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, a former F-16 pilot, golf course owner, PGA Professional and USGA member. A Major in the Air National Guard and a decorated military aviator, Rooney has served three combat tours in Iraq. After returning from his second tour, Major Rooney witnessed a profound situation that drove him to create the Folds of Honor Foundation.