PROSPERITY — The second annual Patriot Golf Day Tournament will be held Aug. 30 at the Mid Carolina Country Club, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
The tournament is jointly supported by the Professional Golf Association of America and the United States Golf Association. Proceeds will go to support Folds of Honor, a charity organization that provides educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving the United States.
“This is not just a golf tournament, this is for the military soldiers who we lose by the day,” said Dana Perry, volunteer for FoH and a Vietnam war veteran.
Last year, the tournament raised $539,000 in South Carolina, which was the second highest dollar amount raised in the United States, the first being Texas. However, Perry said this is not the most important part of the charity tournament.
“It is not just important about how much we are raising, but what we are raising for,” said Perry.
FoH provides scholarships to every child of a soldier who dies or is injured in the line of duty, and this tournament is the charity’s flagship fundraiser. Perry added that 92 percent of funds raised by FoH go to the soldiers and their family.
One special aspect of this year’s tournament is what is happening at every hole.
“Each pole, at every hole, will have an American flag attached to it, an ROTC soldier, from various schools, will be at every hole and will pull the poles out to prevent the flags from falling on the ground,” said Perry. “Everyone will shake their hands in appreciation as they move through.”
The cost is $75 for an individual player and $25 for active or retired military. Teams can also be sponsors, which includes the cost to play for four people, range balls, golf fees, cart, lunch and dinner. A Red level sponsorship is $300 and a Gold level is $500. The Gold level also includes a framed plaque.