Tee Time

02/07/2017   By Sgt. Stephanie A. Hargett 108th Training Command (IET)
 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It was high noon when the golfers started loading their clubs.

Some giving their equipment a final inspection, while others squeezed in one last practice swing.

Piling onto their carts, they sped off quickly to make the shotgun start; it was tee time.

On Oct. 24, members of the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training), Veterans and family members came together to take part in the 6th annual Griffon Association Golf Tournament at the Pine Island Golf Club.

Some looking the part, wearing bright golf attire similar to that of Rickie Fowler.

While enjoying the spirit of the game, they gave it their all.

“We had fun,” said Lanny Smith, Logistics Management Specialist for the 108th Training Command (IET). “I really enjoyed it. I used to play a lot of golf, but I haven’t played a lot recently. I enjoy playing. I’m not good, but I have a good time.”

“This is my second year playing in the tournament,” said Smith. “This is the first time in three years that I’ve played because I was deployed. I just haven’t had the opportunity. Time just didn’t work out where I could go anymore.”

image

Brad Mulkey, a participant in the 6th annual Griffon Association golf tournament, rests the stick on his shoulder as he taps-in at the Pine Island Country in Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 24. Over 70 Soldiers, Veterans and family members participated in the event to raise money for charity and educational scholarships. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Stephanie A. Hargett/ released)

For Barry Moore, Logistics Management Specialist Supervisor for the 108th, the tournament was more than just a round of golf.

“I enjoy the 108th Griffon Golf Tournament, which I’ve played in probably the past six years,” he said.

Barry Moore, Logistics Management Specialist Supervisor of the 108th Training Command (IET), a participant in the 6th annual Griffon Association golf tournament, chips the ball off the fringe at the Pine Island Country in Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 24. Over 70 Soldiers, Veterans and family members participated in the event to raise money for charity and educational scholarships. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Stephanie A. Hargett/ released)

Roger Hardy, a participant in the 6th annual Griffon Association golf tournament, sinks the ball into the cup at the Pine Island Country in Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 24. Over 70 Soldiers, Veterans and family members participated in the event to raise money for charity and educational scholarships. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Stephanie A. Hargett/ released)

“When you’re out there with all those people like that, you see a lot of the guys that were prior military and retired,” said Moore. “So we’ve got the comradery of just being together and seeing them again and playing with them. It’s just a fun filled day win, lose or draw. You still get to see the people you haven’t got to see in a while.”

This year the tournament had its own special format, one Smith preferred.

“Captain’s choice is the way to play,” he said. “You take the best ball of all four people hitting.”

Captain’s choice involves choosing the best ball that will help the team get to the green, and in the hole.

Even though not everyone could be No. 1, they were still winners when it was all over.

“The positive thing was, even though our team finished last we received a reward from the Pine Island Country Club,” said Moore. “They gave us a $50 gift certificate,”

Moore may have been a part of the last place team, but in his eyes he walked away a champ.

“The worst day on the golf course is better than the best day at work,” he said.

 

Comments & Ratings
rating
  Comments

There is no comment.

   

Bookmark and Share Follow us on:
The Griffon Spring 2017

Vol. 41.1 | Spring 2017

The Griffon
The Griffon is written and published quarterly in the interest of the 108th National Training Command.
 






Skip Navigation Links.





Published By    -  Other Publications: SouthEast Education Network   |   Carolina Fire Rescue EMS Journal