Lehman, who has supported the Folds of Honor since its inception and was present again this year at the Patriot Cup Monday, joins a prestigious list of past recipients, including golf legend Jack Nicklaus, President George W. Bush, PGA Tour Champions player Corey Pavin and PGA Tour player Rickie Fowler.
For the first time in award history, a panel of six men, David Bond, David Charney, Dr. John Rooney, Paul Sizemore, Sanjay Meshri and Tom Russell, have been named as this year's Colonel David "Flap" Kirst Award winner. Previous recipients of this award include FOX News producer, Gavin Hadden, Rocky Sickmann and Brian Whitcomb.
"Tom inspires us all to be better, its a gift. He truly places service before self. He is a blessing to all that know him," said Major Dan Rooney, Folds of Honor founder.
Lehman won the 1996 Tour Championship at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa during a year he also won the Open Championship and narrowly missed in the U.S. Open and was Player of the Year on the PGA Tour. He also finished second to Frank Conner in 1991 in a Ben Hogan Tour event held at The Golf Club of Oklahoma.
The Corporal Brock Bucklin Patriot Award is presented to an individual who displays unwavering, meritorious and extraordinary qualities of leadership, service and dedication to advancing genuine patriotism in America. The namesake for this award, Corp. Bucklin, sacrificed his life in defense of America's freedoms; his sacrifice is memorialized in this award and was the driving force for the creation of Folds of Honor. The recipient of this award recognizes such sacrifices and supports those who have made them. The characteristics of this prestigious award are in keeping with the best traditions of the United States of America, its founders and its defenders. Bucklin's son, Jacob Green, was the first scholarship recipient from Folds of Honor.
"These are amazing patriots committed to serving those who serve us," said Rooney. "We are very proud to have these men as members of the Folds of Honor family and are thrilled to present each of them with the Kirst Award."
The Colonel David "Flap" Kirst Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates service before self, integrity first and a commitment to excellence. Col. Kirst was a great fighter pilot, husband and father. HIs life embodied the traditional American values that make this country great. Flap mentored Major Dan Rooney over the years and pushed him to become a fighter pilot. He passed away of a heart attack in 2013. Flag was a huge supporter of Folds of Honor, a positive force in society and an example of a great American.
Lehman and Bond, Charney, Rooney, Sisemore, Meshri, and Russell were presented with their respective awards at the Patriot Cup Invitational Gala on Sunday, May 28, which accompanies the Patriot Cup Invitational, a weekend golf tournament and National gala celebrating our nation's heroes. This patriotic event is attended by players from the PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions, and military golfers from across the country and a host of celebrities to create an unforgettable experience for the families of fallen and disabled service members. All event proceeds benefit Folds of Honor, an organization dedicated to providing educational scholarships for the children and spouses of fallen or disabled veterans.
For more information or to donate in support of a Folds of Honor scholarship, visit www.foldsofhonor.org.