FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
President George W. Bush Announces the Bush Institute Warrior Open
at the AT&T Byron Nelson
New partnership highlighting service and sacrifice of
military members begins in 2018
DALLAS, Texas (May 21, 2017) — President George W. Bush announced today that beginning in 2018, the Bush Center’s two-day Warrior Open golf tournament will be held immediately following the Salesmanship Club of Dallas’s AT&T Byron Nelson tournament at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas, Texas. This support will further amplify and draw attention to the service, sacrifice, and resilience of post 9-11 warriors and their families, particularly the issues they face in making a successful transition to civilian life, including employment and addressing invisible wounds.
“One way to better serve post-9/11 veterans as they transition from military to civilian life is to address the challenges they face when they come home,” said President Bush. “This partnership between the Bush Institute and the AT&T Byron Nelson introduces more Americans to the Team 43 members playing in this tournament. They represent the millions of resilient service members who served their country honorably and now lead their communities in new and meaningful ways as civilians.”
The Warrior Open will last two days. It will occur on the Monday and Tuesday following the AT&T Byron Nelson and will include a Pro-Am.
“We are honored to support the Bush Institute’s Warrior Open by providing the full PGA TOUR experience for these community heroes,” said Alan Friedman, President of Salesmanship Club of Dallas. Salesmanship Club of Dallas is a nonprofit service organization of more than 600 volunteers dedicated to building and repairing social emotional health for kids for over 97 years through the programs of Momentous Institute. The organization also engages an additional 1,000 community volunteers to operate the AT&T Byron Nelson.
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. Many of them are featured in President Bush’s recent book and corresponding exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Portraits of Courage: A Commander-in-Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors.
This year’s Warrior Open will be played at Prestonwood Golf Club in Dallas on Monday, May 22 to honor alumni of Team 43 who have participated in previous Warrior Open tournaments.
The Military Service Initiative within the Bush Institute honors the service and sacrifice of all post-9/11 veterans by ensuring that they and their families make successful transitions to civilian life, specifically in addressing the challenges of employment and overcoming the invisible wounds of war. Core programs of the Military Service Initiative include an employment partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce called the Veteran Employment Transition Roadmap, and the Warrior Wellness Alliance, which connects peer-to-peer veteran networks with best-in-class health care providers for post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.
To learn more about the work of the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative and the Warrior Open, please visit www.bushcenter.org.
About the George W. Bush Institute
Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization with the mission of developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges. The work is achieved through three Impact Centers – Domestic Excellence, Global Leadership, and our Engagement Agenda – by which the Bush Institute engages the greater community with its important work.
About the Salesmanship Club of Dallas
Founded in 1920, the Salesmanship Club of Dallas is a nonprofit service organization of more than 600 business leaders dedicated to building and repairing social emotional health for kids for over 97 years through the programs of Momentous Institute. The Salesmanship Club of Dallas is the host of the AT&T Byron Nelson.
About the AT&T Byron Nelson
The AT&T Byron Nelson is hosted by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and has been a premier PGA TOUR event for 49 years. The tournament has raised more than $150 million since its inception in 1968, making it the most financially successful charity event on the PGA TOUR. All proceeds benefit Momentous Institute, the nonprofit operated by the Salesmanship Club for over 95 years. The organization focuses on social emotional health and serves 6,000 kids and family members directly each year through education, mental health, research and training. The AT&T Byron Nelson is one of North Texas’ biggest sports attractions and most anticipated social events of the spring.
Even without a major, Sergio’s 20 combined wins on the PGA Tour and the European Tour are more than enough to cement a Hall of Fame career for the 36 year old Spaniard.
The World Golf Hall of Fame requirements for male competitors include, “A player must have a cumulative total of 15 or more official victories on any of the original members of the International Federation of PGA Tours (PGA TOUR, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour and PGA of Australasia) OR at least two victories among the following events: The Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship.”
PGA Tour Wins by Sergio Garcia
|6||2005||Booz Allen Classic||−14|
|7||2008||The Players Championship||−5|
|9||2016||AT&T Byron Nelson||-15|
European Tour Wins by Sergio Garcia
|4||2002||Canarias Open de España||−13|
|7||2008||Masters Costa Azahar||−20|
Asian Tour Wins by Sergio Garcia
|1||2002||Kolon Cup Korean Open|
|3||2012||Iskandar Johor Open|
|4||2013||Thailand Golf Championship|
|5||2015||Ho Tram Open|
Other Wins by Sergio Garcia
|1||1997||Catalonian Open Championship|
|2||2001||Nedbank Golf Challenge|
|3||2001||Telus World Skins Game|
|4||2003||Nedbank Golf Challenge|
|5||2010||Gary Player Invitational (with John Cook)|
1. Dustin Johnson: DJ has five straight top-20 finishes including four top-10s in Dallas. I’ll take DJ to win in the “Big D” any time.
2. Charley Hoffman: Charley and the Lone Star State, and he won in San Antonio this year and he was runner-up last year at the Byron Nelson. Hoffman has plenty of momentum go in to the Metroplex, including the win at the Valero Texas Open and top-15 finishes in Hilton Head and New Orleans.
3. Matt Kuchar: Kuchar boast a solid history in Dallas having finished T-15 or better in three of his last five trips there and he finished T-3 last week at The Players Championship all with a big smile.
4. Jordan Spieth: The world No. 2 finished T-16 here as a 16-year-old amateur back in 2010, even with a missed cut at The Players you should never count Jordan out at home.
5. Louis Oosthuizen: The South African finished T-28 last week, T-15 finish at the Masters and he had finished T-11 last year.
6. Sergio Garcia: Garcia won this event in 2004, but he hasn’t been back since a T-20 finish in 2011 because in the past it has conflicted with the Open de Espana. Despite being unfairly made the anti-Tiger early in his playing career by the U.S. golfing media and the lack of a major, Sergio is always one to watch and currently at #15 in the World Golf Rankings.
7. Ryan Palmer: Palmer has four top-25 finishes in the last five years at this event and was T-23 last week in Florida.
8. Brooks Koepka: The bomber finished T-35 at the Players. Koepka was T-16 in Dallas just a year ago, including a 64 in the third round.
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