News: Soldier’s love for golf propels her to compete
Story by Sgt. 1st Class Rodney Jackson
FORT JACKSON, S.C. – Golf players, like most sports players, go through many different emotions like frustration, joy, and anger while out on the course.
Col. Shauna Snyder, human resources chief, 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support), U.S. Army Pacific coolly ran that gamut of emotions and the result was pure joy as she defended her title and finished in first place at the All Army Golf trials competition on the Fort Jackson, S.C, Wildcat Golf Course Oct. 3.
The tournament lasted four days and Snyder finished with a 17 stroke lead over the second place women’s player.
Just like 2011, that automatically earned her a spot on the Armed forces team of three women and six men headed into the Armed Forces competition beginning Oct. 7, at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida. Snyder finished fourth in the tournament last year.
“I couldn't have done it without the support of the command,” said, Snyder. I played four steady rounds, so I feel good going into the Armed Forces. I'd love to finish in the top three this year having finished 4th last year...I'm definitely ready to play my best golf every day and know that a lot can happen over four days of play.”
Snyder described golf as a passion of hers, saying “I feel like I'm home when I am on the course with a club in my hand,” “It is pure joy.”
Learning the game from her father in high school, she played one year in college, but only because they didn't have a ladies team until her final year. She started playing competitively while stationed at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga., was hooked instantly, and loved the challenge that every day brings on the course.
After retirement from the Army, she plans to get her Ladies Professional Golf Association or Professional Golf Association certification and wants to teach the game and play as much as she can.