The Minnesota PGA and Treasure Island Resort & Casino Partner to Host 2nd Annual 100 Holes for HOPE
By Maggie Sutton
Minnesota PGA and its charitable arm, PGA REACH Minnesota, and Treasure Island Resort & Casino in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs are proud to host the second annual 100 Holes for HOPE charity golf tournament on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Mount Frontenac Golf Course in Frontenac, Minnesota.
PGA HOPE is the flagship program under the military pillar of PGA REACH Minnesota. HOPE stands for Helping Our Patriots Everywhere. The unfortunate reality is that 22 veterans a day commit suicide in the United States. The program is a therapeutic rehabilitation introduction to golf and is open to all veterans with an emphasis on serving those with physical, emotional and PTSD challenges.
“For nearly a century, DAV Minnesota has empowered veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity, and we are proud to serve as the 100 Holes for HOPE veteran partner for the second year in a row,” said Trent Dilks, Department Adjutant for DAV Minnesota. “Physical activities like golf have been widely researched and recognized as beneficial to helping veterans heal from wounds that are both visible, and invisible. This event, along with the community support it generates, has tremendous impact on the heroes we serve.”
The mission is to involve PGA Professionals, military veterans and other golf enthusiasts in a marathon round of 100 holes. The day will also include golf clinics for veterans and their families and will finish with a celebration on the green at the end of each golfer’s 100th hole. Proceeds, raised through pledges and partners, will benefit PGA REACH Minnesota; specifically helping PGA HOPE programs.
“We are proud to host this event at our Mount Frontenac golf course,” said Prairie Island Indian Community President Shelley Buck. “Native Americans have honorably served in the military for generations and our sacrifice has been great. We are hopeful this event will underscore our care and concern for Native American – and all veterans – who use the game of golf as a therapeutic and healing activity.”
In 2018, over $50,000 was raised to help these efforts. “Last year, we saw a tremendous amount of support for this great cause. We are excited to grow this event even larger in 2019, which will in turn have a profound impact on men and women veterans that gave so much to our great nation,” said Jeffrey Hintz, CEO of the Minnesota PGA.
For more information on how to participate or get involved, please visit 100HolesforHOPE.com.