YSU Supports the Folds of Honor Foundation Through Golf Bag Auction

Ashley White-Stumpf Golf Bag
Ashley White-Stumpf Golf Bag

The Youngstown State Women's Golf Team is proud to auction off a special golf bag that was used by the conference-champion Penguins during the 2014-15 season.

Those interested in bidding on the commemorative bag can visit the following page: YSU Golf Bag Auction. The auction starts on Tuesday, May 19 and will run through Friday, June 5 (7 p.m.).

All proceeds from the bag sale will go directly to The Folds of Honor Foundation, which assists spouses, children, and loved ones of soldiers killed or disabled while serving our country. The Penguins used a golf bag throughout the season which recognized a member of the U.S Armed Forces who was killed or disabled while on Active Duty.

The fallen soldier that the Penguins honored was U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ashley I. White-Stumpf. At the age of 24, White-Stumpf was killed in Afghanistan in October of 2011 when the assault force she was supporting triggered an improvised explosive device.

A movie, based on the book Ashley's War, is planned for the near future. The feature film will chronicle the CST-2 unit that White-Stumpf was a part of in Afghanistan.

The Penguins had one of the best campaigns in school history in 2014-15. YSU won a school-record four tournaments and won the Horizon League Championship for the first time since 2009. YSU appeared in the NCAA Regionals for the first time in school history.

The Folds of Honor Program was founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, a former F-16 pilot who served in three tours in Iraq. This foundation was started to give back to the spouses, children, and loved ones of soldiers killed or disabled while servicing our country. Over 60,000 soldiers have been killed or disabled in the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. As of January of 2014, over 1.4 million dependents have been adversely affected by multiple deployments and 87% of those dependents do not qualify for federal scholarship assistance.

White-Stumpf's actions exemplify the highest commitment to duty, honor, and country. A graduate of Marlington High School and nearby Kent State University, she sadly left behind her parents, Robert and Deborah, twin sister, Brittany, brother, Josh and husband, Cpt. Jason Stumpf.

YSU golfers Emily Dixon and Aislynn Merling used the bag during the year. The Penguins proudly carried the bag at tournaments in Ohio, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas and Georgia.

For More Information on the Folds of Honor Foundation visit www.foldsofhonor.org