FORT CARSON, Colo. - On a beautiful, sunny morning this May, more than 140 members of U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command took a day to participate in the Annual SMDC/ARSTRAT Golf Tournament. The event, coordinated for the past three years by Denny Skiles, Chief of Force Protection, G3 Operations, was conducted at the Fort Carson Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course.

Shortly after the sun came up May 30, participants were anxiously lined up to register for the event. At 7:30 a.m., the first teams took off for the best ball competition which lasted until 3:00 p.m. Participants came from various sections of the command and included 1st Space Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin McGovern, and Todd Buckhouse, the newest addition of the G3 Operations team.

The 36 teams of four competing in the event had an additional opportunity to win some incredible prizes, such as a Dell Laptop Computer, $5,000 in cash, a set of Hogan clubs or a 2008 Ford Mustang Convertible as part of the hole in one competition. Unfortunately, no one was able to accomplish the feat of a hole in one this year.

After the final teams finished their rounds, the hungry golfers enjoyed a well deserved meal catered and served by Carrabas Italian Grill. The menu consisted of a fresh Caesar salad, parmesan bread, penne pasta in a marinara sauce, and Chicken Marsala, all topped off with refreshing iced-tea and lemonade.

Finally, the participants were presented with numerous raffle prizes such as gift certificates to local restaurants, golf clubs, koozies and even a nice new golf bag.

Top prizes were also awarded to the top three teams. These prizes were personally awarded by Miss Colorado Galaxy, Amanda Kepple, who came out in support of the event. The winning foursome consisted of Will Peters, Tom Callaghan, Rick Tarasiewicz and Nick Tarasiewicz.

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