By Sgt. 1st Class Rodney JacksonOctober 17, 2011
Fort Jackson, S.C. -- 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support) officer finishes first overall in All Army golf trials and top for the Army women in the annual Armed Forces golf championships held this year at the Wildcat golf course on Fort Jackson, SC Sept. 28 - Oct. 1.
The All Army Golf trials were Sept. 22-25, but due to rain delays, the competitors played 18 holes on the 24th and 36 holes on the 25th. The top six men and top three women for the Army then remained to compete in the Armed Forces competition from Sept. 28 -- Oct. 1.
After four rounds of the Armed Forces competition, Lt. Col. Shauna Snyder, human resources chief, 18th MEDCOM (DS), finished 4th overall for all Armed Forces ladies and 1st within her respective service.
"This was my second year competing; last year, at Ft Lee, I missed the Army ladies team by 1 stroke," said Snyder. "I was determined to make it this year."
This year's competition was mentally tougher, because I wanted to make it, Snyder added.
The rain delays had everyone stressed. Within fifteen minutes of tee off during the first few days the down pours started, Snyder went on to say.
"I put in a lot of hours of practice at the driving range, on the putting greens, hitting balls in the park and playing as many rounds as I could fit in to prepare for this competition," said Snyder.
She started playing golf in college, but really got into the game at Fort Gordon, GA., her last duty station. There she qualified for her first state competition, the Top 60 Women's Classic in Augusta, GA.
Each level of competition works a different set of nerves, Snyder added.
After the Armed Forces competition, Snyder was selected by the Army Golf Program Manager, Mr Michael McCoy, Professional Golf Association member, to represent the Army during the nationally televised Children's Miracle Network Classic Pro-Am at Disney, Orlando, FL., later this month. Snyder will be paired with one of the pros for two days of competition.
This will be Snyder's first time playing with professional golfers.
Just the experience of talking with, meeting and watching key players in the golf industry alone will be an accomplishment for Snyder. "This is a great opportunity to represent the Army," she said.
Hoping to make golf a second career, she wants to get certified and teach the game.