On Monday, July 27, 2015, the Brightspot Pro-Am teed off at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, kicking off the PGA TOUR Quicken Loans National. Since 2012, Brightspot has brought together individuals from a wide array of backgrounds to provide a memorable and unique experience at some of the most historic courses in the nation. Now in its fourth year, the Brightspot Pro-Am once again welcomed golfers from The First Tee, Special Olympics, and Feherty's Troops First Foundation from around the country. Read below to learn more about the wounded heroes from Feherty's Troops First Foundation who competed in the 2015 tournament.
Paresh Amin has been a successful amateur golfer since the age of five. He has been fortunate to play in several USGA and AJGA tournaments. Paresh enlisted in the Navy in 2004 and the Army in 2009. He served as a Navy Corpsman and worked in various units through the Marine Corps, including the 1st Force Reconnaissance. Upon entry into the Army, with aspirations of becoming a Green Beret, he started training to be a Special Forces Medical Sergeant. Paresh was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) following his training and continues to serve the 1st Battalion, 3rd SFG (Airborne) as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant. He has deployed to East Asia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and South America with the Marines and Army. He and his wife are currently expecting their first child.
Command Sergeant Major Thomas R. Capel, a native of Ellerbe, NC, entered military service in 1997. He has had a diverse career with positions and assignments, holding every duty position within the scope of his primary field, including United States Army Europe Command Sergeant Major. In 2006, Thomas was selected as the 22nd command sergeant major of the 82nd Airborne Division. He was deployed five times, including one deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Winner of numerous awards, such as the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal, Thomas is married to his wife Marissa, a retired sergeant major, and has three children. He is retired from the Army and is currently working with Troops First Foundation.
SSG Benjamin D Dellinger is from Charlottle, NC. He was in the 1/504 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division from 2003 to 2009. He has been deployed to Fallujah, Kurdiistan, and Baghdad. While serving in Baghdad in 2007, he was wounded by an IED, resulting in a left leg amputation below the knee. An avid golfer throughout his life, Ben competed at the 2013 Warrior Open. He has two sons.
Master Sergeant Luis G. Morales entered the Army in 1996 to be an Airborne Ranger. In addition to earning the coveted Green Beret in 2005, his military awards and decorations include the Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and Purple Heart. While saving 3 severely injured teammates on an operation, Luis lost ¾ of his blood from a leg injury before he could be medevaced to the nearest Combat Field Hospital. Using his motto, “Challenge Accepted,” Luis decided to overcome his injury and participate in activities he loves, like playing golf and competing in triathlons. Since his amputation in 2010, he has completed 12 triathlons and the Boston Marathon on a hand cycle. He is married to his high school sweetheart Kathryne, and they have a daughter Sophie, a son Liam, and another baby due in October.
Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry, US army joined the 75th Ranger Regiment in September 1999. Since enlisting, Petry has been deployed eight times to Iraq and Afghanistan, earning numerous distinctions, including two Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart, and, most notably, the Medal of Honor for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.” His heroic actions, which resulted in the amputation of his right hand, saved the lives of his fellow Rangers. A proud father of four, Petry continues to serve in the US Army as a liaison officer for the Special Operations Command Care Coalition, providing assistance to wounded warriors and their families. He hopes to pursue a degree in business management.
After graduating from college, Chad Pfeifer joined the U.S. Army as an infantry paratrooper and served over 3 years as an airborne infantryman before losing his left leg while deployed to Iraq. During Chad’s therapy and recovery, he picked up the game of golf and quickly became a competitor. Since picking up the game in 2008, Chad has won back-to-back-to-back Warrior Open championships. Earlier this year, he competed on the Golf Channel’s The Big Break, earning the nickname “Corporal Clutch.” A Purple Heart Recipient, he and his wife Summer have two sons, Grady and Lucien.
Kyle Sine is an avid golfer from Springfield, Ohio. He played for his high school, receiving a golf scholarship to Malone University. In 2010, SSG Sine enlisted into the Army and then reported to basic training, infantry training, and Airborne School in 2011. Immediately after training, he was assigned to Fort Bragg. Upon completion of the Special Forces Weapons Sergeant’s Qualification Course, SSG Sine was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) on Fort Bragg, NC. He was honorably deployed as a Green Beret to Afghanistan. He continues to serve as a Senior Weapons Sergeant in the 1st Battalion, 3rd SFG (Airborne). Kyle currently lives with his wife and newborn son Theodore.
Senior Chief Steven Winingham II was born in Saint Louis, MO and joined the United States Navy in 1996. He has deployed to various locations over the past 19 years, conducting various types of military operations globally. He is the recipient of numerous honors during his career, including the Purple Heart for injuries sustained while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Senior Chief Winingham remains on active duty and is pursuing his Master of Business Administration. In 2000, he was introduced to the game of golf. With little formal training, he became an ardent student who enjoys the challenge, camaraderie, and ethics of the sport. He is a devoted Catholic and dedicated father.