A wounded veteran, who lost his leg in the Iraq War, has a goal of reaching golf's PGA tour. Chad Pfeifer credits another wounded veteran introducing him to the game of golf for saving his life. Now, he wants to take his love for the game to another level and play the sport on the highest level.
While being deployed in Iraq in 2007, the military veteran was in his patrol vehicle when that vehicle was struck by an IED. The result of that improvised explosive device attack was much more than Pfeifer having his left leg amputated above his knee. He also lost his will to live.
While Chad Pfeifer rehabbed at Fort Sam Houston, he found himself in a depressive state. He worried about his future and the uncertainty that he faced being an injured veteran and an amputee. He also couldn't get the horrors of war out of his head.
Then, one day Christian Bagge, a fellow soldier who lost not one, but both of his legs in Iraq started talking to Pfiefer about playing golf. Pfiefer told a USA Today reporter, "At first I thought this dude was crazy. But then I thought if this guy is missing two legs and playing golf, I'm not going to tell him he's crazy."
So, after the wounded veteran got his prosthetic, he joined Christian Bagge at the golf range. From that day forward, Chad Pfiefer's life was changed.
"Golf saved my life," Pfeifer said. He went on to say that golf was a release, mental therapy, and it gave him a sense of purpose each day. The retired Army corporal pulled himself out of depression with golf and later found himself at the wedding alter.
After turning himself into a very good golfer, the wounded veteran next turned himself into a husband (he married a girl he knew in junior high school) and a father (the couple has two children).
Chad Pfiefer's next dream is to reach the PGA Tour. And this dream could come true as the wounded vet is a good enough golfer to be chosen to compete in the 23rd season of Golf Channel's Big Break. The winner of that show will get an exemption to play in - you guessed it - a PGA Tournament.
He has a good shot to win on the Big Break as Pfiefer graduated from the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix and now plays golf full time. No matter how the TV show turns out, the injured war veteran plans to focus his energy on qualifying for PGA Tour events and possibly playing in the Q School for the Web.com Tour.
We wish Pfiefer the best of luck. You are an inspiration for all wounded veterans and other men and women who face uphill battles as amputees. Can't wait to see you on the PGA Tour!Other Articles
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