Patriot Cup benefits Folds of Honor Foundation
OWASSO — Five years ago, Major Dan Rooney, who is a PGA professional, founded The Folds of Honor Foundation. The foundation raises college scholarship money for families of military men and women killed or injured in service to the United States.
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The Patriot Cup Pro-Am
Where: Patriot Golf Club, Owasso
Who: PGA Tour players, celebrities, military golfers.
Time: Shotgun start at 10 a.m.
Format: Three-man best ball scramble, playing for a point a hole. First to 10 wins the point for their team.
Teams: Military players are matched with a PGA or Champions Tour player and a celebrity. The Air Force will be matched against the other three military branches (Army, Navy, Marines).
Ticket Info: $35. No charge children under 16.
Patriot Cup Field
PGA Tour players: Rickie Fowler, Corey Pavin, Bo Van Pelt, Tom Lehman, Zach Johnson, Peter Jacobsen, Bob Tway, Loren Roberts, Brad Faxon, Jim Kane, Todd Hamilton, Billy Hurley III, Colt Knost, Bob May, Kyle Stanley, Brett Quigley, Hunter Haas, Tom Pernice Jr., Craig Stadler, Harrison Frazar, Gary Woodland, Josh Teater, Ben Crane.
Celebrities: former OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden; singer Vince Gill; Barney Adams (founder of Adams Golf); author David Cook; actor Craig T. Nelson (TV series “Coach”); members from band Rascal Flatts; Rich Lerner (Golf Channel).
Military players: 38 of the country's top active military players, each with a 5-handicap or better.
The organization, based in Owasso, raised $10 million last year. The foundation awarded nearly 2,600 scholarships its first four years and hopes to award an additional 1,000 scholarships this year with a minimum of $5,000 each.
Rooney, who served three combat tours in Iraq as an F-16 fighter pilot, witnessed a profound situation following his second tour.
“There are a lot of families that need help,” Rooney said. “We want to reach as many of them as possible.”
Fold of Honors headquarters are located adjacent to The Patriot Golf Club, which will host the third annual Patriot Cup on Memorial Day, featuring PGA and Champions Tour players, celebrities and 38 active military members with a handicap of 5 or better.
Former Oklahoma State star Rickie Fowler has participated in the Patriot Cup all three years.
“The pressure I feel inside the ropes is nothing compared to the pressure they feel on the battlefield,” said Fowler, who was an All-American at OSU. “It's nice just to be able to show up and give my time.”
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