Interview with Soldier Who Won Golf Tournament for Wounded Veterans

Melissa Knowles

More than 48,000 U.S. service members have been wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a number of organizations are dedicated to helping these veterans on their road to recovery. Earlier in the week, the George W. Bush Presidential Center hosted its second Warrior Open, a two-day golf tournament. In all, 20 wounded warriors participated in the 36-hole regulation event near Dallas.

This year's winner, Army Corporal Chad Pfiefer (Ret.), was injured during a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq in 2007. His left leg had to be amputated above the knee. As former President George W. Bush looked on, Pfiefer hit a hole-in-one on the fourth hole. To top it off, he won the tournament for the second year in a row, with a score of 3 over par after 36 holes. Along with the Warrior 100K mountain-bike ride, the Warrior Open is one of the trademark events that the Bush Institute's military service initiative puts on to honor the troops and to encourage veterans who are using sports in their recovery and rehabilitation. At the tournament, former President Bush said, "The warriors who played today represent the courage and determination of our military servicemen and women."

Corporal Pfiefer joined Trending Now via Skype to talk about winning the tournament, having President Bush witness his hole-in-one, and what it means to have an event like the Warrior Open for injured veterans.

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