August 20, 2009
Golden Horseshoe supports third annual Patriot Golf event Labor Day weekend
Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club will participate in the third annual Patriot Golf Day Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4 through 7. Golfers who play any time during the weekend may voluntarily contribute a minimum of $1 to the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides scholarships to the spouses or children of those who have lost their lives or become disabled serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Patriot Golf Day is supported by the PGA of America and the United States Golf Association. In its first year, more than $1.1 million was raised, and in 2008, the amount grew to nearly $2 million through the participation of more than 3,800 golf facilities.
The initiative was originated by Maj. Dan Rooney, an F-16 pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, who is also a PGA professional, member of the U.S.G.A. and a golf course owner. Maj. Rooney was aboard a commercial aircraft traveling from Chicago to Grand Rapids, Mich., when the pilot asked passengers to remain seated as a sign of respect while the flag-draped coffin of a fallen solder was removed from the aircraft and met by the soldier’s family. Maj. Rooney observed the family meeting their son, brother, husband and father and realized he knew nothing of the devastation families endure when a soldier is killed or disabled in action. Rooney vowed to do something to help those families and began with what he knew best – golf – to create Folds of Honor, a foundation which provides scholarships to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or injured while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The first recipient was the little boy on the tarmac, son of the soldier who was returning home that rainy night in Michigan.
During Labor Day weekend, thousands of public golf courses participate in the foundation’s Patriot Golf Day and collect one extra dollar above the green fees. The money is used to benefit the deserving families of the fallen.
Maj. Rooney returned from his third tour of duty in Iraq in November of 2008.
Contributions to the Folds of Honor Foundation on Patriot Golf Day are in addition to the normal green fees and are entirely voluntary. For more information, call the Golden Horseshoe at 757-220-7696. The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club is located at 401 S. England St. in Williamsburg.
Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as the nation’s largest living history museum. The Colonial Williamsburg Company, a subsidiary of the Foundation, operates a Resort Collection with more than 1,000 guest rooms among five hotels including the landmark Williamsburg Inn, four historic dining taverns and six restaurants, and 66,000 square feet of conference space centered at the Williamsburg Lodge, as well as a new 20,000-square-foot spa, and the Golden Horseshoe golf courses. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs.
Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.colonialwilliamsburgresort.com or www.colonialwilliamsburgresort.com/golf.