News: Ready First Soldier, El Paso native named El Paso Men’s City Golf Champion
Story by Spc. Jessica Luhrs-Stabile
EL PASO, Texas - A 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, “Ready First” 1st Armored Division soldier was able to add the El Paso Men’s City Golf Championship trophy to his vast collection, after defeating seven other golfers at the Underwood Golf Complex during a golf championship, Aug. 7.
Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Hallauer, a native of El Paso, who is a five time Army European Golf Champion, a Fort Bliss Post Golf Champion and a 3-time member of the All Army Golf Team said winning this championship, has been a dream of his since he attended high school.
“Since I started playing golf at the age of 15 the City Championship was the pinnacle of the El Paso golf season,” he said. “I tried once when I was 19 to compete and didn't do well and then didn't get another chance till this year.”
“So to go 22 years and come back and win the championship is awesome,” said Hallauer. “It is just a great accomplishment to be the El Paso City Golf Champion.”
To prepare for the tournament Hallauer said he would practice at least two times a week.
“Normally to be a scratch player you have to practice every day but I like to keep it interesting and fun so I try to limit the number of days I practice,” said the information management = non-commissioned officer with the Brigade’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company.
Hallauer, who did not start playing golf until he was in high school, said he has never had a formal golf lesson; instead he contributes his success to natural talent, practice, observation and his wife.
“When I was in high school a friend of mine took me to a golf club to play and I discovered I was a natural,” he said. “Since then I have been watching the pro’s play on TV and correcting my game based on how they play.”
He continued by saying, “my wife has been supporting my golf addiction for 22 years and she is so proud of me to come this far.”
Clearly all of the practice and observation paid off during the championship Hallauer defeated not only seven of El Paso’s top golfers but the scorching El Paso heat on the toughest course in El Paso.
He plans on attempting to qualify for his first pro tournament in the end of August by competing in the 2011 El Paso Desert Open.
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