By By Gregory Ripps, 470th Military Intelligence Brigade Public AffairsOctober 26, 2009
A golf scramble held at the Fort Sam Houston Golf Course raised more than $2,000 for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Oct. 16.
Although the day started cool and threatened rain, players took to the greens after a 9 a.m. greeting and encouragement from Col. James D. Lee, commander of the 470th Military Intelligence (MI) Brigade, which hosted the event. After about an hour of play, the clouds broke and gave way to sunshine.
Thirty four-member teams participated in the official CFC event, jointly supported by the 470th MI Brigade, 106th Signal Brigade, U.S. Army South, U.S. Army Medical Command and the U.S. Army Installation Management Command West Region. In addition to current members of these organizations were several retired colonels who lent their support.
"Because all participants signed up to support Fisher House, CFC will direct the proceeds to this CFC organization," explained Capt. Jessica Watson, brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment (HHD) commander, who helped organize the event. Fisher House provides "a home away from home" to military families, enabling them to be close to a family member during hospitalization. It is one of more than 2,000 charities participating in the CFC this year.
The teams played "best ball," and continued swinging until about 2 p.m. After each team finished their last hole, they made their way to the clubhouse where they partook of a buffet lunch while waiting to see the final scores of each team.
Following the tallying of team scores, Colonel Lee thanked everyone involved and then proceeded to announce the three best teams, the two last-place teams ("bogeys"), the longest drives and the "closest to pin." All these distinguished players received certificates and coupons and various other donated prizes.
At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, Colonel Lee presented an oversized check, written for the sum of $2,025, which was "accepted" on behalf of the CFC by Spc. Kris McWhirt, of the Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion, Brooke Army Medical Center.
Awards and teams are as follows:
Double Bogey (lowest score): 1st Sgt. Michael Quinn, Sgt. 1st Class David Maston, Sgt. 1st Class Richard Potter and Sgt. Brandon Grable.
Bogey (second lowest score): Sgt. Alicia Lister, Sgt. Nicholas Rayburn, Sgt. Tsuyoshi Sugino and Pfc. Tomas Diaz
Longest drives: Samantha Hindmon (female) and Staff Sgt. Brian Crist (male).
Closest to pin: Maj. Chris Scheriner.
Third place: Ardy Feike, Bob Feike, Louis Mangini and Joe Zimmer.
Second place: Sgt. Anthony Curtis, Samantha Hindmon, Staff Sgt. Derrick King and Spc. Johnny West.
First place: Staff Sgt. Brian Crist, Spc. Alan Newtson, Spc. Jose Rodriguez and Spc. Kris McWhirt.
Organizations and individuals who donated prizes included the Fort Sam Houston Golf Course, Golf Galaxy, Joe's Crab Shack, P.F. Chang's, Cold Stone Creamery, TD Industries, Santikos Theaters, Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Lt. Col. Tom Meyer, Lt. Col. Theresa Walsh, Mr. Robert Rendon, Capt. Jay Bao, Capt. Jessica Watson and 1st Sgt. Christian Daniels.