Carolinas PGA Section Set to Raise the Fundraising Bar this Patriot Golf Day

Major Dan Rooney and Arnold PalmerThe Carolinas PGA Section invites golfers of all skill, age and interest levels to take part in the 4th Annual Patriot Golf Day, being held Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-6, at a number of local Carolinas PGA member facilities.

Hundreds of golf courses, driving ranges, and independent golf businesses in every part of North and South Carolina will register to host their own special Patriot Golf Day events this year, which benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation, an organization that provides scholarship opportunities to the families of soldiers who’ve been injured or killed in the line of military duty.

Major Dan Rooney, program leader for the Folds of Honor Foundation, started Patriot Golf Day after he’d finished his second tour of duty in Iraq, recognizing the tremendous need to provide support to the families of his comrades, killed and injured.

Patriot Golf Day events range in organization from a simple $1 addition to greens fees, all the way to Patriot Golf Day tournaments and clinics, from which all proceeds go to the Folds of Honor Foundation.

Throughout the Carolinas last year, 405 facilities in North and South Carolina joined the effort to aid the families of our injured and fallen military servicemen and women.

Those 400-plus facilities raised nearly $200,000, which accounted for roughly 10 percent of the total donations nationwide in 2009. The Carolinas topped all other Sections in participation, donations, and once again called itself home to the facility that gave the largest single donation.

Carolinas PGA Section Past President Kelly Childs, the director of golf at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley (Cashiers, N.C.), gave his members the tools to raise $20,000 for the Folds of Honor Foundation through a unique Hot–Air Balloon Golf Ball toss.

Additionally, in October, now-Carolinas PGA Section President and PGA Director of Golf at Hillandale Golf Course in Durham, N.C., Karl Kimball, and Carolinas PGA Executive Director Ron Schmid of Myrtle Beach, S.C. ran in the Marine Corps Marathon adding another $16,000, raised between the two as part of the Folds of Honor team, to the section total. Collectively the marathon team of 26 runners raised more than $80,000.

Kimball says he’s excited for the Section and each of its members in what they have the opportunity to do.

"For every PGA professional Patriot Golf Day is the greatest outward expression of Patriotism,” said Kimball. “For us to have the opportunity and ability to assist in taking care of those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedoms is nothing less than an honor. It is with great pride that I join my fellow PGA professionals on this wonderful mission.”

Other notable 2009 donations came from the Burroughs & Chapin family of courses in Myrtle Beach, where ten courses collectively raised $27,000. As well, more than $16,000 was raised by PGA Director of Golf Tom Ducey and the members of Old North State Club in New London, N.C. It was a solid addition to their donation last year of over $38,000, which is still the largest single donation ever given by a facility.

To date, the Folds of Honor Foundation has raised more than $5 million for their number one beneficiary, the families of our soldiers injured or killed in the line of military duty. Over 95 percent of donations go directly to those families in the form of educational scholarships.

The Carolinas PGA Section has put a lot of effort into providing your area of the Carolinas with every opportunity to be involved with Patriot Golf Day, now it's up to you to play some golf this Labor Day weekend and give just one dollar to the Folds of Honor Foundation.

Visit to see where your local Patriot Golf Day facility is, and if your home course isn’t currently registered, ask them to participate.

For more information on Patriot Golf Day and the Folds of Honor Foundation, head to or


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