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Velocity "Play with a Patriot" Sweepstakes Provides Lasting Memories for Waller Family

Reporting for duty, Mark Waller, Major Dan and...
Reporting for duty, Mark Waller, Major Dan and Robb Waller, winner of the Velocity "Play with a Patriot" Sweepstakes, get ready to tee off during Patriot Golf Day.1/9
The clubhouse at The Patriot and home of the Folds...
The clubhouse at The Patriot and home of the Folds of Honor Foundation. Robb, Mike and Mark arrived on Sunday afternoon and settled in to a cottage on the 9th hole. Mark described the accommodations as "2 Stars above a 5 Star." The Wallers spent the afternoon walking the course and later that evening dined with the Rooneys and several members from The Patriot and Folds of Honor. The night featured plenty of great food, drink and story telling.2/9
Mike, Mark and Robb pose for a photo under the...
Mike, Mark and Robb pose for a photo under the Stars and Stripes. Golf is a family affair for the Wallers. Mark loves the game and introduced both Robb and Mike to the game when they were boys. 3/9
Robb and Major Dan Rooney as the meet for the...
Robb and Major Dan Rooney as the meet for the first time in The Patriot Clubhouse. Robb, a 6-handicap, noted the strength of Major Dan's game, but told us "he's an even greater human being. It's people like Dan who truly define this country."4/9
Two patriots meet as Dan welcomes Mark to the...
Two patriots meet as Dan welcomes Mark to the event. Later, as the foursome was waiting to tee off, Mark was able to share some of his experiences in Vietnam, something he hadn't been able to do previously and an important moment for the Waller family. 5/9
Dan gives Robb, Mike and Mark some background on...
Dan gives Robb, Mike and Mark some background on The Patriot. The facility just opened in 2010, but has already received remarkable acclaim, including being awarded the Best New Private Club by GOLFWEEK in 2011.6/9
Here Major Dan talks about his team, the men he...
Here Major Dan talks about his team, the men he flew with as an F-16 pilot. Dan flew on three tours of duty in Iraq.7/9
Robb's brother Mike meets Major Dan.  As Mike...
Robb's brother Mike meets Major Dan. As Mike later told Kellie, his father's breakthrough was the highlight of the trip: "It was extra special for me to see my dad share his story. Thank you." 8/9
On the tee, from left to right, Dan Rooney, Kellie...
On the tee, from left to right, Dan Rooney, Kellie Costa, Robb Waller, Mark Waller and Mike Waller.9/9
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This year, Titleist and Acushnet Company partnered with the Folds of Honor Foundation in the "Play with a Patriot Sweepstakes", a Labor Day promotion which gave golfers the chance to experience the power of patriotism along with the explosive distance of the Titleist Velocity golf ball.

Robb Waller, an environmental engineer from Rochester, New York, won the Grand Prize, which included an all-expense-paid trip for Robb and two guests to play a round of golf at The Patriot Golf Club in Owasso, Oklahoma. Robb and his guests would be joined by Major Dan Rooney, PGA Professional and founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation. To round out the foursome, Robb, a Team Titleist member since 2012, invited his brother Mike and his father Mark, who is a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Kellie Costa, Senior Marketing Manager, Titleist Golf Balls, represented Titleist at the event. She was kind enough to share some great moments from the weekend in the slideshow gallery above.

Kellie also sent along the message she received from Robb shortly after Labor Day.  Thank you for joining us, Robb.

Kellie,

I'd like to thank Titleist for the Velocity sweepstakes. Labor Day weekend will be a trip that myself, my father and my brother will never forget. The weekend was so much more than the golf.

I was pleased, as was my brother, to watch my father open up and speak about his time in Vietnam. Although I may have won the sweepstakes, I believe my father was the true winner.

THANK YOU to Acushnet and to you, Kellie, for the experience of a lifetime.

Robert Waller

 

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