Station residents compete in NMCRS Golf Tournament
Residents from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, took time out of their day to compete in the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society Active Duty Fund Drive golf tournament, held at the Iwakuni Country Club April 30, 2013.
The event consisted of 18 holes of golf and a putting contest at the end, both of which raised funds toward the NMCRS Active Duty Fund Drive.
“All the briefs, the NMCRS barbeque in March and the golf tournament were all part of the Active Duty Fund Drive,” said 1st Lt. Andrew Smith, station deputy budget officer and Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron NMCRS active duty fund drive coordinator. “The tournament was the final event of the fund drive.”
The tournament included nine teams, each with four golfers, and played under “4-Man Scramble” rules.
A scramble means all team members tee off on each hole and then decide which tee shot they like the best and mark the spot with a tee or ball marker. Each player takes a shot from the spot marked.
The total cost per golfer comprised of a $10 registration donation toward the NMCRS Fund Drive, $25 for the ticket to the golf course and an additional 500 yen to rent a golf cart for the team.
Throughout the tournament, teams were given the opportunity to purchase advantages with all proceeds going toward the fund drive. Some advantages included advantage points, which allowed players to tee off closer to the hole, mulligan cards and “grenades.”
The “grenade” was a plain golf ball players could toss from where they were shooting and count it as a stroke.
“The grenades were more fun than practical,” said Smith. “It’s not something you see at a practical golf tournament, which added to the fun factor.”
After all the teams finished the course, individuals were given the option to participate in a putting contest for more prizes. The goal was to get the ball as close as possible to the marker posted 40 feet away.
In the end,NMCRS managed to raise a total of $950 for the Active Duty Fund Drive. Air traffic control won the tournament with a score of 13 under par.
“I would like to see this grow as an annual event here,” said Smith. “It’s a type of fundraiser that you can do with a limited amount of people, but still raise a lot of money.”