Support the military through golf

The PGA of America
Patriot Golf Day has evolved into a multi-day fundraising effort nationwide every Labor Day weekend.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Sunday, November 11, 2012 | 6:51 p.m.

We all think about – and thank – our men and women in uniform on Veterans’ Day, but the golf industry does a commendable job of supporting the military throughout the year, and you can help out at any time – including now.

Here are a few great golf organizations that support our military, and I encourage you to check them out:

--Patriot Golf Day stages golf fundraisers nationwide over the Labor Day holiday weekend, and you can participate either by playing or volunteering to help out. If you’re not sure about it, just know that the Patriot Golf Day campaign is jointly supported by The PGA of America and the U.S. Golf Association.

--The Folds of Honor Foundation is funded primarily through the proceeds from Patriot Golf Day, but you can make a donation year-round. Folds of Honor is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides college scholarships for the children and spouses of military men and women disabled or killed while serving our great nation.

--The Salute Military Golf Association is another 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and it provides golf equipment, lessons and access to courses nationwide for wounded servicemen and women. Since ts creation in 2007, its volunteer golf professionals have given, free of charge, hundreds of lessons and clinics to our wounded warriors.

--Birdies for the Brave was created by Phil and Amy Mickelson to support troops injured in combat, and it is now a part of PGA Tour Charities. Golf courses nationwide stage a variety of fundraising events that have raised millions of dollars for military homefront groups that serve the specialized needs of wounded warriors and military families. Birdies for the Brave fundraising events provide golfers the chance to participate in golf tournaments on top courses nationwide.

--Tee It Up For the Troops helps wounded warriors get out on the course and uses golf events to raise money for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, an independent non-profit thar provides financial support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans.

I also want to note that there are many other groups and events nationwide that also support this effort. And while they’re not charitable organizations, many of golf’s most prominent equipment companies – Bridgestone, Callaway, Cleveland, Ping and TaylorMade, among them – donate a lot of golf clubs, balls and other gear, and work diligently to promote many of these great causes with no regard for credit or publicity.

Thanks to everyone who serves our country, and thanks to everyone who does so much to help them out.


David Crawley

If you have a military base in your local area, check them out too. As a veteran and PGA Apprentice, I have found that our Military Golf Courses get little support in the forum like this. The US Army alone has approximately 65 golf courses world wide, that a lot of our Soldiers come out and use. There are lots of events at these military golf courses that support wounded warriors or soldier programs. Even if you don't play in a tournament at a military golf course, just by coming out and playing a round on these courses support our military programs.