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Warrior Open

Bush Institute Warrior Open at the AT&T Byron Nelson
May 20 - 22, 2018

The Warrior Open will be held May 21-22, 2018, and will immediately follow the Salesmanship Club of Dallas’s AT&T Byron Nelson PGA TOUR event which will be held May 14-20 at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, Texas.

The Bush Institute’s Warrior Open began in 2011 for United States military personnel seriously wounded or injured since September 11, 2001. Since 2011, more than 140 warriors have participated in the Military Service Initiative’s Team 43 Sports, which include the Warrior Open and the annual W100K bike ride.

The Warrior Open application for warriors is open now through January 31 at midnight. 
To qualify for consideration, applicants must have been injured in post-9/11 service (to include visible and invisible wounds); be active-duty, retired, or honorably discharged; provide a valid GHIN number verifying a Golf Handicap Index of 20 or below; and, submit all application requirements by the deadline.
Learn more about selection criteria and apply

Why Golf?

Veterans do not accidentally turn to golf. The game often becomes a way to help them recover from the physical and mental traumas they experienced on the battlefield.

Jacque Keeslar, a retired U.S. Army sergeant first class, said he got serious about the sport after his first year back from military service. Before teeing off on the 15th hole Wednesday morning, Keeslar, a double amputee, described how golf helped him regain his physical balance and mobility.

“Just walking the terrain is challenging,” he said. Golf provided a way to learn how to do that, as well as simply provide good therapy. “You get to be out in the woods, even yell and scream,” he explained with a smile. “Sometimes that is a good release.”



post-9/11 veterans in the U.S

Meet the Warriors

Find out more about the servicemen and women that have played in the Warrior Open

The Warrior Open

“We will crown a champion. More importantly, we will honor all those who serve and sacrifice to defend our freedom.” – President George W. Bush

Please note: The Warrior Open was not held in 2016.

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“When you hit a really good shot or drain a long putt, you don’t feel anything except for excitement. You don’t have to think about the pain every day.” –Andrew Bachelder, Previous Warrior Open Participant

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