Written by Nick Kammerer
As North Texas welcomed slightly cooler temperatures this past weekend, the competition heated up at this year’s third annual Wounded Warrior Open at Las Colinas Country Club.
Twenty-three Veterans from across the United States gathered to compete in what has been termed by some as the ‘U.S. Open for Wounded Veterans’. The 36-hole tournament was hosted by The Bush Center, and made by possible by the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative and a variety of local and national sponsors including the PGA, the Fisher House Foundation, the United States Golf Association, the Semper Fi Fund and more.
“I want to welcome the players and their families. The spectators, like me, are really looking forward to some really good golf,” Former President George W. Bush said as he welcomed everyone in attendance. “I’m especially grateful to the Las Colinas Country Club and its membership. I thank the caddies very much. Really important not to blame the caddy if they misread the putt,” he added humorously.
NBC’s “The Voice” finalists, the Swon Brothers, were in attendance and performed an inspirational rendition of “America the Beautiful” before Friday’s round of golf. A combined military color guard presented the “colors” during the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Former President Bush continued, “I want to thank the military service organizations who are here. I thank you for what you are doing to help these Vets. I want to thank those of you who have taken time out of your lives to support some of the finest citizens this country has to offer. With that, let’s play golf!”
The former Commander in Chief is known for his strong support of U.S. troops, and greeted each of the Wounded Warriors as they entered the tee box with a warming thank you and a few words of humor and encouragement.