Military veterans Gorman, Pfeifer to play in American Century Championship
The American Century Championship will add another United States Army veteran and hero to the 2015 competition when it tees off in July. Retired United States Army Sergeant Major Rodney Gorman will join the field by virtue of his victory in the Bush Center’s Warrior Open last fall.
Following the successful debut of three-time Warrior Open Champion Corporal Chad Pfeifer in last year’s American Century Championship, tournament title sponsor American Century Investments decided to invite the winner of the Warrior Open on an annual basis in tribute to America’s armed forces. At the Warrior Open, Gorman shot 145 in 36 holes over two days and finished two strokes in front of Pfeifer, the three-time defending champion.
The 49-year-old Gorman is a Gulf War veteran who has experienced multiple deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, a highly-decorated soldier who now trains Special Operations Forces for the Department of Defense. Shortly after graduating from Cut Bank High in Cut Bank, Mont. in 1983, Gorman joined the Army.
He was deployed to the Gulf War in 1991 and in April 1992, Gorman was selected to serve for a unit within the United States Army Special Operations Command. In addition to his service in the Gulf War in the Middle East, Gorman has been deployed to the Persian Gulf, Somalia and Bosnia. Gorman received multiple injuries, most significantly to his right forearm and hand, where he took enemy fire. He is a resident of Southern Pines, N.C. where he lives with his wife Michelle and sons Scott and Travis.
At this year’s American Century Championship, Gorman will join Pfeifer, the retired United States Army Corporal who lost his left leg to an IED explosion in Iraq in 2007. Pfeifer led the American Century Championship after the first round in his debut last summer and went on to finish fifth overall.
Pfeifer participated in Golf Channel’s Big Break reality competition series this year, finishing sixth, and is continuing his push to become the first amputee to compete on the PGA Tour. He has already competed in the Humana Challenge and Honda Classic Pro-Ams this season.
Also reflecting a commitment to the military, the American Century Championship will once again offer complimentary tickets for all U.S. military when the event tees off July 14-19 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. All active duty, reservists, National Guard and veterans can receive two complimentary tickets per day, including one for a guest at the 26th-annual tournament.
All service men and women who would like to attend can apply by going to https://verify.sheerid.com/americancenturychampionship2015 to redeem the special offer. Participants must show photo ID along with the ticket voucher at tournament gates to receive the complimentary tickets.
With network television exposure (NBC Sports, NBCSN, Golf Channel) and a purse of $600,000, the American Century Championship is the most prestigious celebrity tournament in golf. The 54-hole competition includes current and former professional athletes, entertainers and politicians, including Aaron Rodgers, Larry the Cable Guy, Charles Barkley and John Elway.
More than 80 famous sports legends and entertainment celebrities will tee it up at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in pursuit of the $125,000 winner’s share of the $625,000 purse this July. The players list for this year’s American Century Championship will be announced May 7 at http://www.tahoecelebritygolf.com.
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