GAA alumni news: Pfeifer, Jennings and Helman

Nov 8, 2011

Chad Pfeifer, a retired Army veteran and May 2011 graduate of the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix, was awarded the championship trophy of the first–ever Warrior Open by President George W. Bush recently at Las Colinas Country Club in Dallas.

The Warrior Open was a two–day golf tournament hosted by President Bush to honor the men and women who served America honorably and were severely wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

After receiving the inaugural Warrior Open trophy from President Bush, Pfeifer said, "It's an honor to win the inaugural Warrior Open; but to all of our brothers and sisters who paid the ultimate sacrifice, this one's for them."

On April 12, 2007, while serving as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Pfeifer's truck was hit with a pressure plate IED that resulted in the amputation of his left leg above the knee. While recuperating from his injury, Pfeifer picked up golf as a form of therapy and fell in love with the game. Pfeifer then attended Golf Academy of America where he received an associate degree in Golf Complex Operations and Management. He is now pursuing a career in golf and is working his way through the PGA Apprentice Program in Scottsdale as an assistant golf professional at Tatum Ranch Golf Club.


GAA alumnus Kevin Jennings was recently named the new golf coach at Talladega College.

Mr. Jennings previously served as the assistant men's and women's golf coach at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn.

"I believe there's a lot of opportunity here for the right individual," Jennings said. "The school, the administration and the area is right for Talladega College to be able to develop this team into a golf program."

Jennings has been teaching the sport for 17 years, beginning with a class at St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, N.C.

Read more: The Daily Home – Jennings named new Tornadoes golf coach

Jason Helman, a Golf Academy of America graduate and 2010 Canadian PGA Teacher of the Year, was recently named one of the most prominent teachers outside the United States by Golf Digest magazine. The magazine's semi–annual list which ranks the 50 best teachers in America also recognizes those "who are making a major impact as teachers in their respective countries."