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UNC Finley pro to play 99-hole golf marathon to support scholarships for military families

Finley Golf Course head professional Frank Maynard will play five and a half rounds of golf on June 18 to provide financial support for Folds of Honor, which provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of America's fallen and disabled military service members.

Frank Maynard standing on a golf course.
UNC Finley Golf Course head professional Frank Maynard.

UNC Finley Golf Course head professional Frank Maynard is playing a 99-hole golf marathon on June 18 to provide financial support for Folds of Honor, a Professional Golfers Association of America’s program that provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled military service members.

Maynard’s goal is to raise $10,000 to fund two scholarships.

“UNC Finley Golf Course has supported Folds of Honor/Patriot Golf Day for nearly 10 years,” says Maynard. “I just finished a two-year term on the Carolinas PGA REACH committee, which highlights youth golf, military golf and diversity and inclusion. We can do so much to help people and grow the game. Dan Rooney, PGA founder of Patriot Golf Day, talks about the great service PGA professionals do to support Folds of Honor, and I wanted to do more to help.”

Folds of Honor was created in 2007 with the motto of, “Honor their sacrifice. Educate their legacy.” The PGA program supports Patriot Golf Day and PGA HOPE initiatives. North Carolina citizens received 456 scholarships last year through this program, the second-most of any state in the country. However, 132 fully-qualified applicants from the state were unable to receive financial aid due to lack of funding.

Maynard is in his 21st year at UNC Finley. He plans on playing five and a half rounds of golf on June 18. People who wish to support Folds of Honor may do so by visiting www.foh.org/uncfinley

Maynard says playing that many holes of golf in one day could be a challenge but believes adrenaline and excitement for supporting a great cause will keep him going.

“I appreciate the support Mike Wilkinson (PGA director of golf) and Carl Oliveira (director of golf course maintenance) are offering in allowing me to start early and play throughout the day until sunset. I plan to play a different tee marker each round ranging from our PGA Family tee that we use for PGA Jr. League that measure 3,000 yards to our Tar Heel tees that measure 7,200 yards.”

Maynard will be paired with one other person each round, including Carolina staff members, members of UNC Finley and military veterans.

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