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Military and NorCal Golf Assemble in Formation SWINGING SALUTE: Home to some of the finest military golf courses in the country, NCGA member clubs support their troops in more ways than one. BY JUDD SPICER P GA professional Dan Rooney was aboard United Flight 644 from Chicago to Grand Rapids, Mich., on a stormy night in June 2006. From seat 24A, Rooney, who logged three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, watched a 28- year-old corporal's final homecoming through the window after dying in the act of duty. In that moment, Rooney decided he had to do something to help the family of this fallen American hero. "The only thing I knew at that point was how to run a little golf tournament," Rooney said. C O V E R S T O R Y NCGA.ORG | SUMMER 2017 23 U.S. NAVY

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