Friendship Golf Par-tee

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Ninety-six players and approximately 20 volunteers helped make the Friendship Charity Golf Tourney a great success. On Aug. 4, participants gathered at the Quicksand Golf Course for 18 holes of fun, snacks, and a delicious complimentary catered lunch from Texas Roadhouse. Each player received a door prize and a goodie bag filled with coupons, golf balls and tee-shaped pretzels.

Although the tournament was competitive in spirit as the three best scoring teams received plaques, the overall atmosphere was laid back. One of the primary reasons behind the event was to facilitate even friendlier relations between the San Angelo community and Goodfellow members. Thus, teams were scrambled to have four players, two from each group, with handicaps of various levels. This event, which raised approximately $6,000, was a joint effort by the local chamber of commerce and Goodfellow; a majority of the proceeds to to Project Warmheart, a program that assists military members and their families in times of need. Earnings are expected to support families of the 40-50 Airmen who are scheduled to deploy later this year, according to Senior Master Sgt. Mark Webster, event coordinator. Additional funds will go to support the upcoming Air Force Ball.

The competition was stiff and in the end, results were very close. In first place with a team score of 56 were Marge Elliot, 17th Mission Support Group; Darrell Elliot, 315th Training Squadron; Jack Myers; and John Burnett.

In second place with a 59, were Master Sgt. Randal Hunt, 17th Security Forces Squadron; Hank Oestriech; David Peters; and Karey Morelock, 17 MSG.

In third place with a 60 were Mike Lane; Jackie Allen, 17th Civil Engineer Squadron; Lt. Cmdr. Mac Diehl, Center for Information Domination Detachment; and Lt. Col. George Jones, 17th Medical Operations Squadron.

There were a variety of small competitions which offered more chances to win prizes. Hole 17 was monitored for a hole-in-one contest where a vehicle donated by Mike Mitchell was up for grabs.

Unfortunately, no one won the car. Hole 14 hosted a closest-to-the-pin contest; Craig Partusch won as his initial drive landed about a foot from the hole. There was also a longest drive contest for each gender; Master Sgt. Michael DeJacomo, 17th Mission Support Squadron, and Karey Morelock, 17 MSG, won in their respective categories.

The day recognized those who did well, and those who didn't. A prize was given to the last place team. What was it? Certificates for swing analysis.