SOURCE: World Class Golfer Corey Pavin

May 26, 2011 06:00 ET

Corey Pavin to Receive Award for His Passionate Support of the U.S. Military

World-Class Golfer to Be Honored by Folds of Honor Foundation at the Patriot Cup Golf Tournament

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - May 26, 2011) - 2010 Ryder Cup Captain, 1995 U.S. Open Champion and world-class golfer, Corey Pavin, will be awarded the Corporal Brock Bucklin Patriot Award by the Folds of Honor Foundation on Memorial Day, May 30, 2011. This is the second year the foundation has presented this meaningful award; the 2010 recipient was President George H.W. Bush.

The award will be presented to Pavin at the second annual Patriot Cup Gala in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Pavin is being recognized for his passionate and ongoing support of the U.S. military; he is a vocal advocate for organizations affiliated with helping injured and fallen soldiers. Pavin's dedication extends beyond financial contributions through his altruistic endeavors, including visits with soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan and multiple trips to Walter Reed Medical Center.

"Corey Pavin is a not only a champion golfer, he is a champion patriot. He has always given back to the military and we are honored to have him as part of the foundation," stated Dan Rooney, founder of Folds of Honor, former F-16 pilot, golf course owner, PGA Professional and USGA member.

The Corporal Brock Bucklin Patriot Award is the most prestigious honor awarded by the Folds of Honor Foundation. It is presented to an individual who displays unwavering, meritorious and extraordinary qualities of leadership, service and dedication to advancing genuine patriotism in America. Corporal Brock Bucklin sacrificed his life in defense of America's freedoms. His sacrifice is memorialized in this award. The recipient recognizes such sacrifices, and supports those who have made them. The characteristics attributed to this prestigious award are in keeping in the best traditions of the United States of America, its founders and its defenders.

The Patriot Cup is the foundation's invitational golf tournament dedicated to raising money for post-secondary educational scholarships for the families of military members killed or disabled in service to their country. Supported by people and organizations committed to honoring the sacrifice of the nation's military heroes, it features two days of golf and patriotism.

The first day combines PGA Professionals, 45 of the top military golfers from across the nation and donors. The top 30 military golfers will advance to play on Memorial Day. The second day features a battle for the Patriot Cup. The nation's top military golfers are teamed with the world's best players from the PGA and Champions Tour in a two-person best ball format.

Following the tournament, Golf Channel's Rich Lerner will host the black tie gala at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event will honor a heroic family and the 2nd annual Corporal Brock Bucklin Patriot Award will be presented to Pavin.

"I am extremely honored to receive the Corporal Brock Bucklin Patriot Award. I have a profound appreciation for our military and what they do for our freedoms. Dan Rooney and everyone associated with the Folds of Honor Foundation are the real champions. What they do for our military and their families is invaluable," Pavin stated.

To learn more about Folds of Honor, The Patriot Cup and the Corporal Brock Bucklin Patriot Award visit www.foldsofhonor.org.

About Corey Pavin
Corey Pavin's love for the sport of golf started at the young age of six. In high school, Pavin made a national name for himself and was awarded a scholarship to UCLA. He turned pro after becoming a two-time All-American and NCAA Player of the Year. His talent and tenacity was evident as he won at least one PGA or International tournament from 1983 through 1994. In 1995, Pavin made one of the most memorable clutch shots in history to win the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. In 2010, Corey fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a captain for the Ryder's Cup. Pavin's passion for his country and appreciation of the U.S. military has led him to donate time and money to organizations affiliated with helping injured or fallen soldiers and their families.

Folds of Honor -- Folds of Honor is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to empower deserving military families with educational support and opportunities. The organization provides post-secondary educational scholarships to the spouses and children of service members disabled or killed as a result of their military service to the United States of America. Its unique scholarships can be applied to schooling now or held by Folds of Honor on behalf of young children until needed at the time of enrollment. To learn more about the foundation and how it was founded please visit www.foldsofhonor.org.

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