By Matt Hombach
On Saturday, more than 1,000 golf courses across the country will be participating in Patriot Golf Day, a nationwide event to raise money for families of those who have become disabled or lost their lives in the line of duty for the United States Military.
The concept of Patriot Golf Day is a simple one, but the impact it will have on families of American servicemen and women will be profound.
Golfers who tee it up at participating courses throughout the country will have the opportunity to donate $1 to the cause. There’s no obligation to give the additional dollar, but the course you’re playing needs to be participating in the program in order for golfers to take part. More than 40 courses throughout the state of Maryland will be participating.
The event is a combined effort between the PGA, USGA and Play Golf America. CBS Sports, Golf Digest and the National Golf Course Owners Association have also lent their support. These organizations have teamed up to raise much-needed funds for Wounded Warriors Inc. and the Fallen Heroes Foundation.
"American soldiers and their families are making tremendous sacrifices,” said Captain Dan “Noonan” Rooney, a PGA member and F-16 fighter pilot. “From the cockpit of the F-16 over Iraq, I have witnessed incredible heroism and tragedy, often in the same day.
"On Sept. 1, golfers have an opportunity to change the lives of our military families. Patriot Golf Day is poised to raise millions to assist our military families. America can come together in the spirit of golf and have a dramatic impact. We have an opportunity to make a difference for the families that have made the ultimate sacrifice.”
According to recent statistics, more than 4,114 servicemen and women have been killed in Iraq and 33,399 wounded in action.
"In the wars of earlier generations, the entire country went to war," Rooney said. "We purchased war bonds, conserved fuel and rubber. Most all citizens helped the war effort in some capacity. Patriot Golf Day is a call to action to all great patriots lying latent across America.”
The mission of Wounded Warriors, Inc. and the Fallen Heroes Foundation is to provide financial and emotional support to families of fallen or injured American Servicemen and women, according to their Web sites. They also strive to provide financial aid for educating the children and spouses of fallen or wounded soldiers.
ParTee Golf Hosts Qualifier for National Mini-Golf Event
More than 50 golfers teed it up on ParTee's challenging 18-hole miniature golf course to raise more than $3,000 for Kennedy Krieger Children’s Hospital in the inaugural ParTee Golf’s Festival of Tees event on Aug. 18.
Calvin Owens from Washington and Curt Sniffen, a 16-year-old from Phoenix, Md., each shot 44 and tied for top honors. Both putt-putt aficionados now move on to the national miniature golf event, the Harris Cup, in Scranton, Pa.
The proceeds from the Festival of Tees event go to the Silberstein-Harryman Endowment at Kennedy Krieger, which benefits children with cerebral palsy and spina bifida. ParTee owner Athan Demetrides was thrilled with the event and looks forward to hosting more fundraisers and outings.
"The first year of the Festival of Tees went really well, we’ll definitely be making it an annual event,” he said. “We’re planning on partnering with Outback Steakhouse in April of next year to hold another charity fundraising event as well.”
Issue 2.35: August 30, 2007