Department of Parks
State Park Golf Courses To Take Part In Patriot Golf Day On Aug. 30
FRANKFORT, Ky. – All state park golf courses will be taking part in Patriot Golf Day on Aug. 30, 2008, as part of an effort to support the families of soldiers who have become disabled or lost their lives in the line of duty.
Anyone playing golf at a state park golf course will be able to voluntarily donate $1 to Wounded Warriors, Inc., which will also benefit the Fallen Heroes Foundation. Patriot Golf Day has the backing of the United States Golf Association and the PGA of America.
Patriot Golf Day is the brainchild of Dan Rooney, a 34-year-old USGA and PGA member who has served two tours of duty in Iraq as an F-16 fighter pilot. He got the idea as a way to remember those who have died in military service.
“This is a great opportunity to honor those who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Parks Commissioner Gerry van der Meer. “I would encourage golfers to participate at our state park courses and other participating golf courses in Kentucky.”
The Kentucky State Parks operate 19 courses across the state, including several courses that have received national recognition by golf publications. For more information about state park golf courses, visit www.parks.ky.gov and click on “golf” at the top.
For more information about Patriot Golf Day, visit www.playgolfamerica.com
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov