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Jack Nicklaus Named Honorary Chairman for 2017 Patriot Golf Day

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Jack Nicklaus joined PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua and Folds of Honor Founder Major Dan Rooney, PGA this morning (Aug. 21) at PGA Headquarters — on the popular morning show FOX & Friends — to celebrate the launch the 10th annual Patriot Golf Day.

The signature fundraising event for the Folds of Honor Foundation, Patriot Golf Day is the the catalyst to providing thousands of scholarships to the spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.

This marks the third time that the “Golden Bear” has served as Honorary Chairman. Although Patriot Golf Day officially takes place Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-4, fundraising events to benefit Folds of Honor will be conducted at different times across the country. It is expected that as many as 3,000 courses will be participating across the country, hoping to top last year’s Patriot Golf Day record donations of $6.3 million.

A decade ago, PGA Professionals embraced Patriot Golf Day and made it one of their prized charitable endeavors. Since 2007, more than 16,000 scholarships have been awarded by Folds of Honor.

One recipient is Hannah Davis, whose father, Jeff Davis, was an Army Ranger and Green Beret. The Davis family lost their hero when he was just 31, and Hannah was an infant. Her stepfather, Doug Bell, a PGA General Manager in Manistee, Michigan, has been an incredible influence in Hannah’s life since she was a child. The Folds of Honor scholarship allowed her to attend and graduate from Michigan State University. Hannah is now working at a local news station in Northern Michigan.  Her brother has also received a scholarship and is enrolled in the PGA Golf Management University program at Ferris State University. 

During Labor Day Weekend, participating golf facilities around the country host special events, tournaments, and ask golfers to donate at least one additional dollar to their greens fee. Non-golfers can also participate by making a donation to the foundation at its website, foldsofhonor.org.

For more information, visit foldsofhonor.org.