OWASSO, Okla. (AP) - They grew up together following their famous dads as they toured professional golf tournaments around the world.
The quartet - Emily Faxon, Dakota Glasson, Rachael Lehman and Addison Roberts - are self-described “tour kids,” and they have found themselves together once again as employees of Folds of Honor, the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1GuzpBK ) reported.
“We’ve all been around each other since, I want to say, we were 2 years old,” said Lehman, 24. “It was really cool that we all happened to end up here. We’re all reunited.”
All have important jobs working for the nonprofit organization, which focuses on providing scholarship aid for military families of killed or disabled veterans.
Rachael Lehman (daughter of Tom Lehman) is the tournament director for the upcoming Patriot Cup Invitational. Emily Faxon (Brad Faxon) and Dakota Glasson (Bill Glasson) work with scholarships, and Addison Roberts (Loren Roberts) manages The Patriot Golf Club’s three cottages.
Maj. Dan Rooney, the Folds of Honor founder, said the young women “interviewed, went through all the processes and earned their jobs.”
“I look at each one of those girls individually and, knowing their dads, I see the pieces of their dads which have made them so successful - their work ethic, their persistence, their personalities,” Rooney said. “They have big personalities, but they grew up in a very public world.”
Lehman, a TCU graduate who started with Folds of Honor in October, said there is comfort in working with longtime friends.
“I know my dad and all the other girls’ dads are happy that we have a familiar community to depend on,” she said. “We’re a PGA family, and all the families have known each other for a long time.”
Emily Faxon, 24, recently graduated from Colorado College and has been on the Folds staff since last August.
“When I was little, I thought everyone’s dad was a pro golfer. It was just normal for us,” said Faxon, who also helps with the Folds’ corporate partnership with Budweiser. “We didn’t know any different because we hadn’t seen anything different. But, as we got older, we were blessed to travel to all these cool places. We were also normal kids that went to school and played sports.”
Faxon’s favorite part of her job is relaying scholarship information to new recipients. She called it “pretty amazing.”
Dakota Glasson agreed. She will celebrate her one-year anniversary at Folds of Honor on June 2 and, during the past 12 months, the 23-year-old has enjoyed working with the families.
“It’s really awesome because we get a lot of different responses,” Glasson said. “Some people will cry because they are so thankful. They send emails and letters thanking us for helping their family. It’s just an awesome feeling knowing that you are changing a family’s lives.”
Glasson, who majored in Family Science at Nebraska, said her job working for a nonprofit “is right up my alley. And having the military aspect of it is a big plus.”
Addison Roberts, 23, is the newcomer of the group. The Auburn graduate and Tennessee native is adjusting to life in Tulsa since moving here in early February.
“I’ve known my dad has been pretty involved with Folds over the last few years, but I didn’t fully understand the mission of Folds until I really got on and was able to see the stories of so many families and what they’ve been through,” she said. “I’m so excited to come out here and make a difference.”
Folds of Honor rents out three luxurious cottages for golf outings and corporate getaways. Roberts makes sure guests are pampered while being immersed in the Folds mission via décor inside the cottages.
“When you walk in, the first thing you see is a huge American flag,” she said. “We did that on purpose because it really sets the mood and you understand what Folds of Honor stands for.”
Said Rooney, “They do great work, first and foremost, but the byproduct is a lot of fun, to get to know the daughters of the dads who I know pretty well. It’s pretty cool when Tom Lehman shows up to see his daughter and practice at the Patriot for a couple of days. These guys coming in and out of town to see their little girls, like any other dad. … As a golf fan, when I put that hat on, it’s another very unique experience that you get to have.
“I hope we continue a tradition.”
Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com
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