The women’s golf team is paying tribute to a fallen serviceman throughout the 2015-16 season by carrying a golf bag at each tournament displaying the name of Mark Jennings Daily. A Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Daily was killed in Iraq on Jan. 15, 2007, by an improvised explosive device.
At each tournament a different member of the team will carry the bag bearing Daily’s name, rank and branch of service. Daily, who had only been in Iraq for three months before losing his life, was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart for service to his country.
The Bruins are honoring Daily as part of the Folds of Honor Military Tribute Program, but for coach MaryJo McCloskey the act is very personal. Daily’s mother, Linda, was a roommate and Alpha Phi sister of McCloskey’s at the University of Oregon.
“It is such a privilege to participate in this program and to honor Lieutenant Mark Daily,” McCloskey says. “While honoring Mark is also personal, I hope Bruin golf and this golf bag will help make people aware of Mark’s great story and legacy as well as bring attention to all the other servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”