Veteran Keizer University golf management student Adam Napier is fine-tuning his swing in preparation for the U.S. Championship of the Century to be held in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, July 6-10, 2022.
Having served as a caddy for the event in 2021, Napier, a combat-wounded Army veteran, is grateful to participate in the event thanks to his qualification as the winner of the George W. Bush Warrior Open Tournament which took is held on the last Veterans Day.
Now entering its 33rd year, the American Century Championship is a made-for-TV event that hands out a $600,000 purse and is owned and broadcast by NBC Sports. The 54-hole celebrity tournament also raises funds for local and national charities and features some of the greatest sport and entertainment.
After joining the military in May 2005, Captain Napier deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006. On Christmas Day that year, while on foot patrol near Taji, Iraq, he and his platoon were hit by an improvised explosive device. . The blast killed an Iraqi interpreter and injured Napier and four fellow soldiers, with Napier suffering traumatic brain injury, including secondary shrapnel wounds to his hands, face and shoulder. Shortly after, on December 28, 2006, Napier was again involved in a foot attack in which he suffered further injuries and his accompanying radio training officer (RTO) was killed.
Napier deployed three more times to Iraq and Afghanistan to prepare, advise and train teams within the U.S. military service and Iraqi military to fight the global war on terrorism. Since leaving military service in 2016, he has joined many veterans organizations. A graduate of the PGA Helping Our Patriots Everywhere (HOPE) and Salute Military Golf Association programs, he is a proud member of President George W. Bush’s Team 43 and Deputy State Director of Mississippi’s Veteran Golfers Association.
Now serving on a Wounded Warrior Fellowship with the office of Congressman Trent Kelly, Napier is grateful to continue serving the military and veteran community of Mississippi.
Keizer University’s Associate of Science in Golf Management degree prepares students for a variety of positions in the golf industry. In this program, students are prepared to provide golf instruction, manage golf course operations, ensure proper maintenance of golf facilities and equipment, and integrate the game of golf into the wider field of hospitality and leisure. With a skills-based education format and state-of-the-art golf practice equipment, students have the opportunity to succeed in their academic, professional, and personal lives.
Keizer University is a private, independent, nonprofit university serving nearly 20,000 students at 21 Florida campuses, online, and at two international locations. Co-founded in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keiser, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keiser, Keiser University currently offers more than 100 degrees ranging from associates to doctoral degrees. Keizer University is a designated Hispanic-serving institution, a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and was ranked #5 in the United States in social mobility by US News And World Report in 2022. As a Serving over 20% of students who are active duty military or veterans, Keizer University is proud to support those who have served.