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Education at Golf Academy of America Helps Andrew Montgomery Earn a Berth in George W. Bush's Warrior Open

Sep 5, 2013


After suffering extensive wounds from an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan, Andrew Montgomery replaced his dream of playing college football with a goal to make golf his career.

A relative novice on the golf course, the Charlotte, N.C., native, turned to Golf Academy of America for career and playing development.

Montgomery enrolled at Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach campus with a 17-handicap. Eight months later, he’s trimmed his handicap to 6 and earned an invitation to play in the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s 2013 Warrior Open at Las Colinas Country Club near Dallas.

“I’m a very competitive person,” said the former Army staff sergeant. “I came to Golf Academy of America because it was a great opportunity to get the best education for a career that I would enjoy.”

Receiving instruction from several PGA instructors on campus and spending several hours each week on the driving range and the academy’s golf simulators accelerated Montgomery’s development as a player.

Montgomery has been working especially hard since being notified in late August that he was one of only 22 wounded veterans chosen for the third-annual Warrior Open. President George W. Bush will attend the Sept. 26-28 event, which includes an 18-hole pro-am followed by 36 holes of individual competition.

“I hope to have my handicap down to 4 by then,” Montgomery said.

To win, Montgomery will have to beat two-time defending champion Chad Pfeifer, an alumnus of Golf Academy of America’s Phoenix campus.

Regardless, Montgomery’s development as a Golf Academy of America student has been amazing and inspirational. After graduating from the academy with an accredited associate degree in May 2014, he plans to use the business and playing skills he’s learned to open a non-profit clinic to teach golf to other wounded veterans.

“Golf has helped me heal,” he said. “I want to give something back.  At Golf Academy of America, I’m learning all the skills needed to help other veterans enjoy the game.”