News: New River Marines compete in golf scramble
Story by Lance Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — Marines aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River and sponsors of the Marine Corps Community Services Spring Golf Scramble competed in a round of 18 holes at the Bear Trail Golf course in Jacksonville, N.C., April 27.
“Events like this are very important because it builds camaraderie, unit cohesion and keeps New River a family,” said Sgt. Maj. William F. Squires, air station sergeant major. “We are a family on New River. We have some teams from the civilian community as well. This brings all of us together and keeps that military and civilian community relationship going.”
Nancy Stankowski, MCCS athletic director, said 10 more teams showed up this year than last year, maxing out the amount of people the golf course could manage. Twenty-seven teams of four participated in the Captain’s Choice Tournament to build camaraderie and win a cash prize.
Lance Strickland, Pro Golf Association Pro, was at the tournament due to a sponsorship from National University. He gave free lessons and tips on the driving range to anyone who wanted help or had questions.
Each team was given a handicap as needed of no less than 35. To make it fair, each team was only allowed one person who had a 5 handicap or less.
The main goal for each team, besides winning, was to make the coveted hole-in-one. If a player did accomplish this great feat, they would have been awarded $10,000 by sponsor East Coast Hospitality.
“There’s really only one person out here who has a chance to hit the hole-in-one, and that’s me,” joked Squires. “The rest are going to try, but everyone is really wanting to get that hole-in-one. It builds challenges and gives a good incentive for teams to come out and here and play.”
Before the scramble kicked off, Col. Jeffrey M. Hewlett, MCAS New River commanding officer, gave a speech thanking the sponsors and everyone else who came out to participate. He jokingly told everyone to put their clubs back in the car because his team had the tournament on lockdown.
The winning team was Potters Putters consisting of Kim Burgin, Jeff Wood, Dac Carpenter, and Willie Miller.
The sponsors of the event helped make the day more enjoyable by handing out door prizes and creating challenges like the hole-in-one challenge.
“We have great sponsors who help the air station,” said Stephanie Miles, MCCS sponsorship coordinator. “Anytime we need anything, they are there to support us. They like to give back to their community.”
The day was full of Marines and civilians smiling, laughing and building the cohesion and camaraderie necessary for a good community relationship.