Brandon Hoelzer Pays Tribute to Military Hero

During the 2013 Patriot All-America Invitational played at The Wigwam last December, Brandon Hoelzer honored fallen soldier Sgt. Maj. Joseph Ellis of Ashland by carrying a bag donated by PING that had his name embroidered on the bag.
He and his teammates at Owens College in Toledo, Ohio are going above and beyond by taking turns carrying that bag during their collegiate tournaments throughout the spring season.
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Through cooperation with the Golf Coaches Association of America, the NCAA and The Folds of Honor the Military Tribute Program (FHMTP) was started in 2014. This program provides the opportunity for any collegiate golf program to honor a fallen or severely wounded American soldier by having a team member carry a golf bag displaying the name, rank and branch of service of the soldier being honored during the school year.
At the end of each season, the golf program will make their best effort to raise funds for the bag with the proceeds benefiting the Folds of Honor (FOH). The FOH, a preferred charitable partner of the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and the Women’s Golf Coach Association (WGCA), works to ensure that no family is left behind in the fight to preserve American freedom.
Through scholarships and other assistance, they give back to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country. The GCAA and WGCA national offices will assist their member schools in identifying an American hero to honor through their partnership with the Folds of Honor, as requested.