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Patriot Golf Day to benefit Folds of Honor Foundation

The Pagosa Springs Golf Club will participate in the fourth annual Patriot Golf Day, a joint initiative of The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association.

Golfers across the country and at Pagosa Springs Golf Club have the unique opportunity to donate an additional $1 or more to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation (FoldsofHonor.org), which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation. Pagosa Springs Golf Club will request at least an additional $1 for each green fee that is processed Sept. 3-6.

“This is a great way for the golf industry to help the families of those who have lost their lives or have been injured so that we may have our freedom,” said Troy Persson, general manager for Pagosa Springs Golf Club. “It is a wonderful opportunity for golfers in our community to give back to those who have given everything.”

Through events across the country since 2007, PGA Professionals have helped raise more than $5.3 million, allowing the Folds of Honor Foundation to award 1,163 post-secondary educational scholarships.

Major Dan Rooney, a PGA Professional, USGA member and F-16 military pilot with the Oklahoma Air National Guard, founded the Folds of Honor Foundation following his second of three tours of duty in Iraq. After witnessing the tragic homecoming of a fallen American solider, Rooney was inspired to start Folds of Honor to provide support to military families in the aftermath of their tragedies.

Pagosa Springs Golf Club is asking players to donate a minimum of $1 in addition to the greens fees to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation. Call 731-4755 for specific details and to schedule a tee time or visit the course website at: www.golfpagosa.com.

There are 172,000 dependents of fallen and wounded military service men and women from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts alone, and 85 percent of those dependents do not qualify for federal educational assistance. Patriot Golf Day allows the Folds of Honor to present an ongoing tribute to our brave service members by ensuring that the families of fallen and wounded warriors have hope for the right educational start to life and best future possible.

Individuals interested in contributing to the Folds of Honor Foundation, and those applying for scholarships should visit FoldsofHonor.org.