08/29/13 — Goldsboro Municipal Golf Couse will play host to Patriot Day weekend

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Goldsboro Municipal Golf Couse will play host to Patriot Day weekend

By Rudy Coggins
Published in Sports on August 29, 2013 1:49 PM

Grab your golf clubs and head to Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course during the Labor Day weekend.

Course officials will collect a $1 donation for each round played which benefits the Folds of Honor Foundation -- a non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships to the families of service men and women who have either been disabled or killed in service to their country.

"Patriot Golf Day is an excellent way to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed for our country," said Jody Dean, the PGA head professional at GMGC. "We are proud to celebrate and support these men and women, and their families through the Folds of Honor Foundation."

There are more than one million dependents of fallen and wounded military service men and women from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts alone and 87 percent do not qualify for federal education assistance (as of Jan. 1, 2012).

Patriot Golf Day allows the Folds of Honor Foundation 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.

Since its inception in 2007, PGA professionals have helped raise nearly $18 million through Patriot Golf Day events, allowing the Folds of Honor to award more than 5,000 educational scholarship. Former President George W. Bush serves as the Honorary Chairman of Patriot Golf Day.

Major Dan Rooney, a former F-16 fighter pilot, PGA Professional and USGA member, came up with the concept of Patriot Golf Day and founded the Folds of Honor Foundation in 2007, following his second of three tours of duty in Iraq.

After returning from his second tour, Major Rooney witnessed a profound display of a family's grief as they welcomed home the remains of Corporal Brock Bucklin. Inspired by this tragic homecoming of a fallen American solider, Rooney started the Folds of Honor Foundation to provide support to military families in the aftermath of their tragedies.