Patriot Golf Days gears up for another successful Memorial Day weekend

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Folds of Honor Foundation will support “PGA REACH Drive It Further Campaign”to positively impact the lives of Veterans through PGA HOPE

More Than 200,000 Rounds Already Played For Patriot Golf Days
FRISCO, Texas (May 24, 2023) — Over the last 16 years, Patriot Golf Days has grown to encompass a variety of fundraising efforts that include PGA Professionals and golfers in all 50 states and 41 PGA Sections. These include rounding up green fees and donations at the counter, hosting golf tournaments and participating in Hero100 Golf Marathons. The Memorial Day weekend events have raised more than $60 million and funded more than 12,000 scholarships to help Veterans, their spouses and children. In 2022, families of first responders were added to the Folds of Honor mission.

Led by Honorary Chairman, Jack Nicklaus, and anchored by Memorial Day weekend, PGA Professionals nationwide and Folds of Honor, a non-profit foundation that provides academic scholarships to the families of fallen or disabled military service members and first responders, will celebrate Patriot Golf Days together. Already, more than 200,000 golfers have played rounds in support of Patriot Golf Days.

“Patriot Golf Days has provided tremendous support to the families of Veterans who gave their lives for our country, and we’re proud that PGA Professionals have led the way since the beginning,” said PGA President John Lindert, Director of Golf at the Country Club of Lansing in Lansing, Michigan. “I encourage our Membership and their facilities to again support Patriot Golf Days this Memorial Day weekend. One of my favorite ways to help is hosting and participating in a Hero100 Golf Marathon.”

“Playing golf’s most heroic round during Patriot Golf Days over Memorial Day weekend allows us to provide a life-changing education,” said Lt Col Dan Rooney, PGA, founder and CEO of Folds of Honor. “I encourage everyone to go to and make a one-time donation to assist those who need and deserve our help. This could not come at a more pivotal time. Folds of Honor scholarship applications have reached a 30-percent increase, a need never before seen by our foundation. The continued enthusiasm for Patriot Golf Days is critical to our mission, and we are so thankful to everyone who is making it a success. We are grateful for this record-breaking support through the game of golf.” 

Additionally, beginning in 2023, the Folds of Honor Foundation will become a significant supporter to the “PGA REACH Drive It Further Campaign” to positively impact the lives of Veterans through PGA HOPE. In coordination with the 41 PGA Sections, PGA REACH supports the promotional efforts for Patriot Golf Days to PGA Members, their facilities and consumers.

The PGA HOPE program includes a six-to-eight-week golf instruction curriculum taught by PGA Professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural competency. PGA HOPE is expected to host 11,000 Veterans across 47 states in 2023.

To donate or register for Patriot Golf Days, visit
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About Folds of Honor
Folds of Honor is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of military members who have fallen or been disabled while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Beginning in 2022, it expanded its mission to include first responders. Our educational scholarships support private school tuition or tutoring in grades K-12, tuition for college, technical or trade school and post-graduate work, including a master’s degree, doctorate, or professional program. Funds for a second bachelor’s degree or trade/technical program certification are also available. Since its inception in 2007, Folds of Honor has awarded about 44,000 scholarships totaling about $200 million in all 50 states. Among the students served, 41 percent are minorities. It is rated a four-star charity by Charity Navigator and Platinum on GuideStar. It was founded by Lt Col Dan Rooney, the only-ever F-16 fighter pilot (with three combat tours in Iraq) and PGA Professional. He is currently stationed at Headquarters Air Force Recruiting Service Detachment 1, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.


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