How do you cap off 9 months of dedicated golf instruction clinics and league play for veterans?  With the 3rd Annual PGA HOPE Patriot Cup Tournament, of course!  Over 40 veterans competed in a cup-style competition, Red Team vs. Blue Team, for bragging rights and the title of Patriot Cup Champions.  Arlington Greens Golf Course, the home course of the St. Louis PGA HOPE Chapter, played host to this annual celebration on Thursday, October 19th.

Veterans who participated in PGA HOPE Clinics and instruction throughout the year were randomly drawn onto the Red Team or Blue Team, received their team hat and shirt, and were matched up in 2 person teams, ready to compete.  The Blue Team put up a fight but the Red Team ultimately retained the Cup for the second year in a row after taking it to the final match.

The Patriot Cup wraps up the year for veterans that participate in programming throughout the year, but the Gateway PGA REACH Foundation doesn’t take a break.  The Beginner Clinic Series, designed for first-time and beginner veterans, launches in November at the Jefferson Barracks VA Hospital.


PGA HOPE is a free therapeutic adaptive golf program that is geared towards those with disabilities however is offered to all servicemen, servicewomen, and Veterans. PGA HOPE programs are designed to introduce golf as a way to enhance mental, social, physical, and emotional well-being, and to assist with rehabilitation and assimilation.

PGA REACH, PGA Sections and their PGA Professionals partner with local Veterans Administration (VA) Hospitals and military installations to initiate this program. This program is open to all Military Veterans, from previous and current combat theaters, with an emphasis in serving those with physical and emotional disabilities.