PGA Golf Club to host 5th Annual Patriot Golf Day opening ceremonies

PGA of America

Series: PGA Feature

Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 | 9:28 a.m.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla., will once again host the Opening Ceremonies celebration for the 5th Annual Patriot Golf Day Weekend at the PGA Golf Club on Sat., Sept. 3, at 8 a.m. Patriot Golf Day events, held at golf courses nationwide from Sept. 2-5 (Fri.-Mon.) raise funds for the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military servicemen and women killed or disabled while serving our country.Since 2007, more than $8.6 million has been raised and over 2,100 scholarships provided, due to this generous support.

"It is an honor to once again host the Patriot Golf Day celebration at PGA Golf Club this Labor Day Weekend," said Bob Baldassari, PGA senior director of Player Development Programs, for The PGA of America. "As we celebrate five years of Patriot Golf Day, we will once again raise funds for the families of those who have given everything. We invite everyone out to PGA Golf Club to make a difference for our American heroes and join the fun."


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New this year will be a live concert with country music recording artists Ricochet and local favorites Boss Groove, who will be joined by the Avenue D Boys Choir at Digital Domain Park (St. Lucie Mets Stadium) in Port St. Lucie, on Fri., Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. There will be ceremonies featuring Grand Marshalls PGA Chief Executive Officer Joe Steranka and Folds of Honor Foundation vice president Maj. Ed Pulido – who earned a purple heart after losing his leg while serving in Iraq. The night will kick off with family golf activities beginning at 6 p.m.

The festivities move to PGA Golf Club on Sat., Sept. 3, for the annual free to the public parade and Opening Ceremonies, as well as the John Shimkonis Memorial Medal Golf Tournament to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation, BBQ lunch and prizes at PGA Golf Club. That evening, Patriot Golf Day celebrations will move back to Digital Domain Park for a St. Lucie Mets game at 7 p.m., followed by postgame fireworks. Both the players and Ricochet band members will wear special Patriot Golf Day uniforms that the Mets will autograph and auction off throughout the weekend to raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation.

The charity golf event is $125 and is part of a package that includes tickets to the concert, 18 holes at PGA Golf Club, BBQ lunch, prizes, St. Lucie Mets game ticket and Folds of Honor Foundation donation. In appreciation of their service, both Active and Retired Military members will pay a special $65 rate. To reserve your Patriot Golf Day Weekend Package, call 800-800-GOLF (4653).

Individual concert tickets are also available for $15 for the lower bowl; and $12 for the upper bowl. Kids 3 and under are admitted for free. Concert tickets only are available at the Digital Domain Box Office at 772-871-2115.

A charity Flag Day Tournament will follow on Sun., Sept.4; and an Individual Point Quota tournament will be conducted on Labor Day, Mon. Sept. 5. Both events will feature a closest to the pin contest on all par-3 holes at PGA Golf Club. Throughout the weekend, there will be family golf events as a fund-raiser at the nearby PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance, and the PGA Museum of Golf will showcase a new exhibit that pays tribute to the 93rd PGA Championship, with free admission.

For tee times, reservations and information about Patriot Golf Day Weekend, please call 800-800-GOLF (4653) or visit Both PGA Village and Digital Domain Park are located off of I-95 Exit 121 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

About The PGA Golf Club
The Ryder, Wanamaker and Dye Courses form a trio of world-class courses at the PGA Golf Club, at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Named by Golf Digest as one of the "75 Best Golf Resorts in North America," PGA Village also features the award-winning, 35-acre PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance and PGA Museum of Golf. The PGA Golf Club exists to be one of the premier public-access resort facilities in America, complete with a Private Members Club, and also serves as the home club for our 27,000 PGA Professionals. For more information, please visit

About The PGA of America
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 multi-billion dollar 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.

About Patriot Golf Day
The Folds of Honor Foundation's primary fundraiser is Patriot Golf Day, the largest grassroots golf platform in the country. With the support of The PGA of America and USGA, Patriot Golf Day has generated more than $8.6 million from more than 3,700 golf courses in just four years.

Maj. Dan Rooney, founder of Folds of Honor, started Patriot Golf Day in 2007, by asking golfers to add $1 to their greens fees in support of the Folds of Honor Foundation. Since then, the concept has grown to include a number of supporters and fundraising efforts. In 2011, The PGA and USGA will continue to support the cause by encouraging their collective membership to participate and promote participation on a national scale through the airing of public service announcements during the PGA Championship and U.S. Open.

Patriot Golf Day 2011 will again be held during the Labor Day weekend, September 2-5. If you are interested in joining our mission to empower the lives of these deserving military families with educational opportunities, please contact the Folds of Honor Foundation or sign up to participate at