Patriot Golf Day

The following is a press release about the Second Annual Patriot Golf
Day Aug. 29 – Sept. 1 at the Simi Hills Golf Course.
Donations will support the families of military service members who
have been disabled or lost their lives in the line of duty.

Simi Hills Golf Course to Participate in Second Annual Patriot Golf
Day Aug. 29 – Sept. 1
Donations will support the families of military service members who
have been disabled or lost their lives in the line of duty

Simi Valley – Simi Hills Golf Course will participate in the
second annual Patriot Golf Day, a joint initiative of The PGA of
America and the United States Golf Association. Golfers across the
country and at Simi Hills Golf Course have the unique opportunity to
donate to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation (,
which provides educational scholarships to families of those who have
become disabled or lost their lives in the line of duty. Simi Hills
will request an additional donation for each green fee that is
processed August 29 through September 1.

“This is a great way for the golf industry to help the families of
those who have given their lives in defense of freedom,” said Brian
Reed, Head Golf Professional and Manager of Simi Hills Golf Course,
who is a PGA Golf Professional and member of the USGA. “This is a
wonderful opportunity for golfers in our community to give back to
those who have given everything” said Reed, who also serves as Chief
Petty Officer in the Navy Reserves assigned to Naval Beach Group ONE
in Coronado, California. Reed has served twice in a combat zone.
“This charity event is particularly meaningful and important to me.”

Major Dan Rooney, a PGA Professional and USGA member from Broken
Arrow, Okla., inspired Patriot Golf Day. Major Rooney will once
again lead Patriot Golf Day in 2008 before he reports for his third
tour of duty in Iraq as an F-16 pilot in the 125th Fighter Squadron
of the Oklahoma Air National Guard immediately following Patriot Golf

The inaugural Patriot Golf Day held last year on September 1 resulted
in donations of more than $1.1 million dollars to support the
families of military service members who have been disabled or lost
their lives injured or perished in the line of duty. Contributions
were received from more than 3,200 golf facilities and approximately
200 scholarships have already been awarded due to the efforts of PGA
Professionals nationwide hosting 2007 Patriot Golf Day.

For more information about Patriot Golf Day or to make a contribution
to the Folds of Honor Foundation, visit or

Since 1916, The PGA of America’s mission has been twofold; to
establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow
interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and
elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class
education, career services, marketing and research programs, the
Association enables PGA Professionals to maximize their performance
in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the
game and in the $76 billion golf industry. By creating and
delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and
enjoyable golf promotions that are viewed as the best of their class
in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public’s
interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures
accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of
America brand represents the very best in golf.

The USGA is the national governing body of golf in this country and
Mexico, a combined territory that includes
more than half the game’s golfers and golf courses. The Association’s
most visible role is played out each season in conducting 13 national
championships, including the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S.
Senior Open. Ten additional USGA national championships are
exclusively for amateurs, and include the U.S. Amateur and the U.S.
Women’s Amateur. The USGA also writes the Rules of Golf, conducts
equipment testing, maintains an official Handicap System and
administers an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program,
which has allocated more than $53 million over 10 years to programs
that seek to grow the game. For more information about the USGA,

Folds of Honor Foundation
The Folds of Honor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) legacy foundation
designed to provide educational scholarships for dependents and
spouses of service members who are either killed or disabled while
serving and defending our great nation. (

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