Former KU Golfer Rooney Organizes Fifth Annual Patriot Golf Day For This Weekend

Aug. 30, 2011


LAWRENCE, Kan. – Former Kansas golfer Dan Rooney, founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation, has organized the fifth annual Patriot Golf Day, which serves as the flagship fundraiser for the Foundation.

Rooney, who played golf at KU from 1992-95 and earned a Master’s degree in performance psychology, served in the Oklahoma Air National Guard after graduation and completed three tours of duty in Iraq as an F-16 fighter pilot. He founded the Folds of Honor Foundation in 2007 as a nonprofit organization to provide postsecondary educational scholarships for the children and spouses of military men and women disabled or killed while serving America.

Patriot Golf Day, which is jointly supported by the PGA of America and the United States Golf Association, will raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation over Labor Day Weekend by asking golfers to pay an extra dollar in addition to their greens fees. In 2007, the inaugural Patriot Golf Day raised more than $1.1 million from more than 3,200 golf facilities. Over the last four years, PGA Professionals and golfers have raised more than $8.5 million, which has allowed more than 2,000 people to receive scholarship funds from the organization.

Patriot Golf Day 2011 will begin Friday, Sept. 2 and run through Monday, Sept. 5. Alvamar Golf Club, Eagle Bend Golf Course and Lawrence Country Club will all be participating in the event in the Lawrence area. For a complete list of participating courses or for more information about how to contribute to the cause, visit