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Former OSU players were out in full support of the 2011 Patriot Cup, from left Chris Tidland, Bo Van Pelt, Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler. Photos by Rip Stell

Golf as a force for good

Tour stars again support Patriot Cup For the players, veterans and fans in attendance on a windy and warm Memorial Day, the second annual Patriot Cup was a smashing success. The event raised money for the Folds of Honor Foundation. It brought professional golf back to the Tulsa area. It showcased The Patriot, the Robert Trent Jones II design that was ranked in the top 50 by Golfweek raters among the Best 100 Modern Courses (1960 and later).. For the players involved, the event is a testament to the will and focus of Rooney, the former F-16 fighter pilot from Broken Arrow who founded the Folds of Honor Foundation. “Today is a tribute to Dan and his commitment to what he’s trying to do,” said PGA Tour golfer Bo Van Pelt of Tulsa. “I joke with him all the time to see if he has two body doubles. I don’t know how he does all that he does. He’s like a force of nature. It’s amazing all that he’s been able to do with the golf courses out here and the foundation. “I’m just humbled that he wanted me to come back. I told him as long as you’ll have 18 ••••••

me, I’ll be here.” “What Dan and Jacque have done with the foundation is just fantastic,” said Corey Pavin, the recent U.S. Ryder Cup captain now on the Champions Tour. “There is so much need with our military. To educate the families and children of our wounded soldiers is why we’re all here.” Pavin and Rooney became friends prior to the Ryder Cup, where Pavin brought Rooney over to give an inspirational speech to his players before the matches. While some in the British press misinterpreted the action as jingoistic in equating golf and war, Pavin knew he had found in Rooney one of those rare individuals able to inspire others no matter whether the topic is golf, family or helping others. “The message I had him deliver was about teamwork and having everyone’s back,” Pavin said. “He’s just a very inspirational guy. When he talks, he’s got great characer and charisma. He makes you believe in whatever the topic is. He’s one of those guys who just has it.” Rooney’s passion and inspirational abilities have helped the foundation grow from

scratch to an organzation that has now given out more than 2,000 scholarships, including some in all 50 states. The event this year also grew in magnitude with the addition of a paying public. Each of the 15 groups had followers and it appeared there were close to 1,000 spectators on the grounds. All funds raised by ticket sales also go to the FOHF. “Our mission is not to leave any family behind on the field of battle,” Rooney said. “To date, there are more than 240,000 dependents of someone killed or wounded in battle and 87 percent of those families to not qualify for federal aid for education.” The mission obviously continues.

Golf Oklahoma June - July (Vol. 1, Issue 2)  
Golf Oklahoma June - July (Vol. 1, Issue 2)  

In the second issue of Golf Oklahoma we get in depth with Gil Morgan, visit Wolf Dancer golf course near Austin, and review some great golf...