‘Patriot’ games at Butler golf course

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By Sharon Graves


The News-Democrat

One way to honor and support fallen and injured U.S. soldiers is to play golf at a state park golf course on Aug. 30. On that day, players will be able to donate to Wounded Warriors Inc.

With backing from the U.S. Golf Association and the PGA of America, all Kentucky state park golf courses will be participating in Patriot Golf.

Money raised also benefits the Fallen Heroes Foundation.

Dana Lyons of the General Butler State Resort Park pro shop, said this is the second year the park has participated in Patriot Golf.

On Saturday, “people will be asked if they want to give a $1 donation when they pay their green fees, but they can give as much as they want,” Lyons said. “The donations will be keyed into the register and then sent to the state so they can send one big check. My goal is to collect more money than any other state park golf course.”

Patriot Golf was started by Capt. Dan Rooney, who has served two tours of duty in Iraq. He also is a member of the USGA and the PGA. A member of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, he is set to leave for a third tour in Iraq this fall.

Though actually a three-day event, Aug. 29 through Sept. 1, the state parks are focusing on Aug. 30 for their fund-raising efforts.