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August 28, 2007

Golden Horseshoe joins golf courses across America for Patriot Golf Day Sept. 1

Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club will participate in Patriot Golf Day Sept. 1, a day on which public golf courses nationwide will request an additional $1 for each green fee processed, and private facilities will ask patrons to contribute donations. The funds will be used to support families of members of the military who have become disabled or lost their lives in the line of duty.

PGA professional Dan Rooney of Stillwater, Okla., is spearheading the program to raise funds through the organization Wounded Warriors Inc. In addition, Rooney is working to establish the Fallen Heroes Foundation, which will pay for the education of children who have lost a parent in Iraq or Afghanistan.

“We are pleased to support this PGA- and USGA-sponsored program,” said Glen Byrnes, director of golf for the Golden Horseshoe. “Many of our members contacted us to indicate their interest in participating in Patriot Golf Day when they learned of it during the televised broadcast of the PGA Championship. The Golden Horseshoe is proud to join private and public golf courses across America in supporting our fallen or injured military members’ families.”

Rooney is both an F-16 pilot in the 125th Fighter Squadron of the Oklahoma Air National Guard and a member of the PGA of America. Rooney and his father, John, became the owners of Grand Haven Golf Course in Michigan in 1998, and the younger Rooney spends about 20 days per month at the course and the other 10 days flying. Rooney has logged two tours to Iraq, and following his most recent tour he began to think of ways he could stay involved in the war effort.

The United States Golf Association is the national governing body of golf in this country and Mexico, a combined territory that includes more than half the game’s golfers and golf courses. The PGA of America is the world's largest working sports organization comprised of 28,000 men and women golf professionals who are the recognized experts in growing, teaching and managing the game of golf while serving millions of people throughout its 41 PGA sections nationwide.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. The Colonial Williamsburg Company, a subsidiary of the Foundation, operates a resort that includes more than 1,000 guest rooms, 10 restaurants and 66,000 square feet of conference space in properties including the Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites, 26 individual Colonial Houses, four Historic Area dining taverns, The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg and the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at or

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