On Friday and Saturday, 24 wounded warriors from around the United States competed in the Warrior Open, hosted by the George W. Bush Institute. Corporal Chad Pfeifer, U.S. Army (Ret.), won the Champion’s Cup; Captain Matt Anderson, U.S. Army, and Staff Sergeant Ben Dellinger, U.S. Army (Ret.), tied for the Warrior Cup for lowest net score.
The Warrior Open is a 36-hole competitive golf tournament that honors service members wounded in the global war on terror and heralds the many organizations that give their time, talents and resources to support the men and women of our military and their families.
“The Warrior Open is a cause that not only honors the service and sacrifice of our vets, but a cause that I hope reminds all Americans to do the same,” said President George W. Bush at the trophy presentation.
For the third year in a row, the tournament took place at Las Colinas Country Club in the Dallas area.
This year, the Bush Institute added a second winning title to the tournament. In addition to the Champion’s cup, which is won by the player with the lowest gross score, the Warrior Cup is awarded to the player with the lowest net score.
The 2013 Warrior Open highlighted several military support organizations, selected by the warriors, that provide assistance to service personnel and their families during deployment and upon their return home: Salute Military Golf Association, The Yellow Ribbon Fund, Special Operation Warrior Foundation, Semper Fi Fund, Feherty's Troops First Foundation, Military Warrior Support Foundation, Fisher House and the Folds of Honor Foundation.
The Warrior Open is a program of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative, which highlights the courage of U.S. military personnel and places an enduring spotlight on the sacrifice troops and their families make for our freedom.
The Bush Center gratefully acknowledges the support of several in-kind donations, including: the Fisher House Foundation and Hero Miles Program for providing flights for warriors; La Quinta Inn & Suites for providing rooms for warrior guests and military support organizations; TaylorMade for contributing bags, shirts, gloves, hats, and balls; Mercedes-Benz of Plano and Ewing Buick GMC for providing transportation for warriors; Premier Transportation for providing drivers; and The William Stamps Farish Fund for donating golf clubs.
The 2013 Warrior Open also thanks Andrews Distributing, Gatorade of Dallas, Victory Healthcare, and CDS Foundation for their support.
For more information, photos and video from the tournament, visit www.bushcenter.org/warrioropen.