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Patriot Golf Day a worthy cause

Published August 18. 2012 09:01AM

I wanted to take a few moments in this column and write about a cause that is very near to the PGA of America, myself and I would think all citizens of the United States. This cause is Patriot Golf Day. Patriot Golf Day is a nationwide movement that centers on the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Golf courses across the country are collecting donations of at least $1.00 from each golfer that weekend. These funds will be collected and submitted to Patriot Golf Day Foundation that uses the money to pay for scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to spouses and children of our military men and women killed or disabled while serving our country.

This program has been in existence for five years. Talk about strength in numbers. Although only asking for donations of a dollar, the program has done reasonably well, to the tune of over $12.8 million dollars. I have participated in this event for the past few years and there is nothing that can make me more proud as a PGA Professional than this type of program. If you have a few moments and are playing golf Labor Day weekend, see if you can find a course that supports Patriot Golf Day. You can be sure your donations will go to a worthy cause.

On a personal level we hosted an outing in Western Pennsylvania for Pat MacIlvain, a young man that was wounded in Afghanistan. Pat had left his friends and family a healthy, vibrant, athletic young man and returned facing a severe uphill climb. It was great to help his cause with an outing such as the one that was hosted, and I can tell you, all participants felt better about the world at the end of that day.

We have a chance this Labor Day weekend to help out men and women like Patrick. More importantly, we have a chance to help the children of these heroes. Please take a moment, and a dollar, and participate in Patriot Golf Day. It will be a little money donated and an impact that lasts several lifetimes.

Rich Conwell is the Head Golf Professional at Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton. If you have any questions about golf that you would like answered, you can e-mail him at

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