Upstate New York veterans can register for free golf instruction from Turning Stone’s certified PGA Professionals this fall as part of the Oneida Indian Nation’s partnership with PGA HOPE, the flagship military program of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. Weekly classes are available from Oct. 30 – Dec. 15 at a variety of days and times at the Turning Stone Golf Dome and Sportsplex.

Oneida Indian Nation Homelands (October 22, 2018) – Continuing its legacy of supporting the U.S. military, the Oneida Indian Nation announced today that it will be offering free golf lessons at Turning Stone to veterans this fall through its partnership with PGA HOPE, the flagship military program of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America.

The free weekly program will offer golf instruction from Turning Stone’s certified PGA Golf Professionals at the resort’s Golf Dome and Sportsplex from October 30 – December 15 (excluding Thanksgiving week). Broad focus classes will be held Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m., Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m., Thursdays from 8-10 a.m. and Saturdays from 12-2 p.m. Short game-focused classes will also be available on Fridays from 3-5 p.m.

The Oneida Indian Nation was America’s first ally and the first Indian Nation to fight alongside American soldiers in the Revolutionary War, and tribal members have served in the Armed Forces of the United States in every war since.

“As the first allies of this country, the Oneida Indian Nation’s commitment to our veterans has never wavered,” said Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Turning Stone Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter. “We proudly stand by that commitment today, and are pleased to provide this free program that supports both the physical wellness and social connections of our veterans here in Central New York.”

Guests can learn more about this free golf program for veterans at the Oneida Indian Nation’s Maple Leaf Market stores. To register for the program, interested veterans can contact instructor Ryan McGinnis at 315-361-7612.

Veterans can select one class for the fall session. Classes will be finalized by October 30, 2018.

The upcoming fall session follows similar classes, clinics and trainings that the resort has offered to veterans over the past two years. PGA HOPE’s mission is to introduce golf to all veterans to assist their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. Turning Stone has been a proud partner of PGA HOPE since 2016, when it became the first national competition site to launch a PGA HOPE chapter.


About the Oneida Indian Nation

The Oneida Indian Nation is a federally recognized Indian nation in Central New York. A founding member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the Six Nations or Iroquois Confederacy), the Oneida Indian Nation sided with the Americans in the Revolutionary War and was thanked by Congress and President George Washington for its loyalty and assistance. Today, the Oneida Indian Nation consists of about 1,000 enrolled Members, most of them living in Central New York. The Nation’s enterprises, which employ more than 4,700 people, include Turning Stone Resort Casino, Yellow Brick Road Casino, Point Place Casino, Maple Leaf Markets, SāvOn Convenience stores, RV Park, three marinas, Tin Woodman’s Flask, a wine and spirits superstore, and Four Directions Productions, a 3D animation HD cinematography studio. Proceeds from these enterprises are used to rebuild the Nation’s economic base and provide essential services, including housing, health care, and education incentives and programs, to its Members.


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