7th Annual Patriot Cup Invitational adds new wrinkles

There are a couple of big changes coming to the 7th Annual Patriot Cup Invitational, hosted by Folds of Honor in Owasso this weekend. This year, there is no qualifying round on Sunday and the Monday golf event will not be open to the public.

“We took out the qualifying round and made that an actual golf fundraiser where people could purchase sponsorships in order to play, but we are actually sold out,” said Maria Grimm, director of marketing. “On Monday, we’ll have the Patriot Cup, in which the celebrities come in and play with our largest donors and military personnel, and the big difference is that this year that’s closed to the public.”

The celebrities will include Larry “The Cable Guy,” Lee Brice, several PGA and Champions Tour players, and others.

Grimm said the decision was made to make the Patriot Cup a private event after getting feedback from the participants.

“The donors and celebrity players really were requesting to have a more intimate experience with the recipient families that will be onsite, and they thought that closing the event to the public would create a more intimate atmosphere for them to remember the reason why they’re there and why they support Folds of Honor.”

Folds of Honor is a nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled while on active duty in the U.S. armed forces. Since its founding in 2007, Folds of Honor has awarded more than 10,000 scholarships valuing over $70 million in total scholarship funds.

There are a couple of events the public can attend, however, and still have access to some of the celebrities that will be in town.

“The biggest way the general public can get involved is buying tickets to the Freedom Concert at The Joint at the Hard Rock Casino on Monday night. We have tickets available for sale on our web site, as well as The Joint’s web site,” Grimm said. “People can also by a sponsorship or a ticket to the Black Tie Gala at the Hard Rock on Sunday night.”

The Freedom Concert featuring country star Lee Brice begins at 8 p.m. Monday evening and tickets are general admission, $35 each. You can purchase tickets online by visiting www.foldsofhonor.org.

STL ROUTS ROUGHNECKS

It was a rough night at ONEOK Field on Saturday, as Saint Louis FC got a four goal performance from Irvin Herrera, to beat the Tulsa Roughnecks FC, 5-2, in USL action.

There were 4,451 fans on hand who sat through the Roughnecks drubbing to see the post-game fireworks. Tulsa’s record dropped to 2-7-1, while Saint Louis FC improved to 4-3-2.

Saint Louis FC got on the scoreboard first in the 10th minute, when a cross into the penalty area was headed into the goal by Herrera from 12 yards out near the penalty kick spot.

In the 17th minute, Tulsa’s Iarfhlaith Davoren made what looked like a clean tackle but a little late, however, the referee immediately issued him a red card and the Roughnecks were left with only 10 players on the pitch. Davoren was playing in his first game since April 30. He had missed the previous four matches with a muscle strain.

Tulsa evened the score in the 29th minute as Sammy Ochoa made an outlet pass to Jasson Ramos Carpio who carried the ball into the right side of the penalty area and took a shot into the corner of the goal.

The Roughnecks took the lead in the 37th minute as Carpio and Ochoa connected again. This time it was Carpio who delivered a beautiful corner kick into the goal area and Ochoa headed it off the arm of Saint Louis keeper, Mark Pais, into the net.

Tulsa led 2-1 at halftime.

Saint Louis FC tied the match, 2-2, in the 53rd minute on Herrera’s second goal of the match.

It was Herrera again scoring for Saint Louis to take the lead in the 71st minute.

Tulsa’s Ochoa was shown a yellow card in the 76th minute of play.

Saint Louis took a 4-2 lead on a break away goal by Herrera in the 78th minute, for his fourth goal of the match.

In the 84th minute James Musa made it 5-2 Saint Louis lead when he scored on a cross from the right wing.

The Roughnecks will be home again on June 4 to host OKC Energy FC beginning at 7 p.m. at ONEOK Field.