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Warrior Open

Follow the 2017 Warrior Open on May 22, 2017

The Warrior Open, a competitive golf tournament for wounded warriors, honors U.S. service members who serve and sacrifice to defend the United States of America and heralds the many effective organizations that give their time, talents and resources to support the men and women of our military and their families.

The 2017 Warrior Open is an alumni event only.  Please stay tuned for application information on the 2018 Warrior Open and how new players can 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.”

 

2.5M

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

Follow the 2017 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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of Americans have little to no understanding of the issues facing our post-9/11 vets

“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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