Tracy Phillips of Cedar Ridge GC Tulsa, OK plays 108 holes for PGD 2012
The goal is 108 holes to raise money and urge others to help families of service members.
By ZAK PATTERSON World Sports Writer
Published: 9/3/2012 2:26 AM
Last Modified: 9/3/2012 2:36 AM
Tracy Phillips, the Director of Instructions at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Broken Arrow, played 54 holes of golf Sunday to help raise money for the Folds of Honor foundation, supporting families of fallen or disabled United States service members through scholarships.
He'll be at it again Monday.
The Folds of Honor foundation is a nonprofit organization formed in 2007 by Dan Rooney, a former service member, F-16 fighter pilot, professional golfer and friend of Phillips.
On Labor Day weekend, referred to as "Patriot Golf Day," golfers are asked to donate an extra dollar to their greens fees to help support the Folds of Honor foundation. The foundation has risen close to $13 million since its inception.
"We ask people to donate whatever little amount they can," said Phillips. "Any amount makes a difference."
Phillips was inspired to give to the foundation after hearing Rooney's story. Rooney was on a flight and witnessed a soldier's American flag-covered casket being returned to his family. This experience prompted Rooney to help families whose lives undergo this sort of trauma.
"His story touched my heart like it has touched many others," said Phillips. "I just tried to figure out what I could do to help out. I'm behind it whole-heartedly. Every year I spend my Labor Day weekend helping the cause."
Support can be found across the country.
Cedar Ridge Country Club expects to be one of around 5,000 golf clubs participating in the fundraising event.
Along with the two-day, 108-hole golf marathon Phillips is undertaking to raise money for this cause, he is finding other ways to help donate. The money he received for all lessons he taught on Saturday went straight to Folds of Honor as well.
"I try to get the kids I teach involved, and help them understand what Patriot Golf Day is. Some of them will play alongside me this weekend," said Phillips.
Phillip's father, Buddy Phillips, has been the golf pro at Cedar Ridge Country Club for 40 years and is retiring this month. Tracy Phillips is not taking over his father's position, however, because he wants to be able to spend time with his family. He will remain the director of instructions at Cedar Ridge.
When asked if he would be able to survive playing 54 holes in back-to-back days, Phillips said "Oh yeah. This is for a great cause. I have plenty of motivation."