News: Swinging clubs, having fun at MCCS golf tournament
Story by Lance Cpl. Ryan Joyner
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. - Rain and clouds did not stop the Marine Corps Air Station New River Marine Corps Community Services Spring Golf Tournament at Bear Trails Golf Course in Jacksonville, N.C., April 19.
Marines and civilians alike from across the air station came together for the annual golf tournament. In all, 23 teams of four came out and participated through the precipitation.
“It was a great turnout,” said Nancy Stankowski, MCCS athletics director. “It is always great when we have a lot of people come together and relax while having a good time.”
Teams competed in a scramble of 18 holes with each team given a handicap as needed of no more than 35; however, teams were only allowed one person who had a 5 handicap or less.
Lance Strickland, Pro Golf Association Pro, was at the tournament, going hole-to-hole, providing free lessons and tips to anyone who wanted help or had questions on how to improve their game.
Besides competing to win, golfers competed to make the coveted hole-in-one. If a player managed to sink the difficult task, a $10,000 prize would be awarded by the event sponsors, said Stankowski.
Along with the hole-in-one competition, certain holes with sponsors had prizes for who could get the ball closest to the pin and longest drive.
During the game, dark gray rain clouds made their way over the course completely drenching the players not quick enough to make it to cover, but that did not stop them from carrying on with the tournament.
After everyone had completed all 18 holes, teams of golfers got together to enjoy catering from Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q while waiting to hear the results of the competition.
Teams joked and messed with each other in good fun, saying they won and that there is no need to count scores because it was already over.
At the end of tournament, Mark Buechner, Curtis Ross, Matt Killough and Kenneth Johnson won first place with a score of 58.
The day was full of Marines and civilians smiling, laughing and building the cohesion and camaraderie which is always a great thing to see, said Stankowski.