Marines from across the Corps compete for All-Marine golf team
By Cpl. Brian Kester
| | September 16, 2005
MCRD/ERR PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. -- Twenty-eight Marines from as far as Okinawa, Japan, and as close as Parris Island came to compete in the All-Marine Golf Tournament that took place at The Legends at Parris Island golf course Sept. 13-16.
The competitors each took their best swing at making the All-Marine team to compete in All-Armed Forces Golf Tournament, which took place this week. The All-Marine team consisted of six male and three female golfers competing against teams from the Navy, Army and Air Force.
"Every year there is an All-Marine competition where we select six men and three women to go on to play in the Armed Forces Competition," said Bill Brown, Parris Island athletic director. "The Armed Forces Competition rotates from service to service. This year it's the Marines' turn to host. So we hosted the All-Marine competition here, and the Armed Forces Competition [was] here [this week]."
Through a selection process, Parris Island was nominated and got the bid to host the tournament that could have been played at any Marine Corps base that has a golf course, said Brown.
"All active duty members with a handicap of at least three under were eligible," said Brown. "The handicap is proven by the golf pro at the facility they golf at."
The mix of Marines from around the Corps lead to a tight competition that stayed close all the way to the end.
It was pretty much open, said Gary Perkins, The Legends at Parris Island head professional, of the competitor's level of play on the second-to-the-last day of play.
"The field has been pretty tight," he added. "We have got two that are several strokes in the lead, and as far as making the armed forces team, the next ten guys are real tight."
The scores were so tight that four golfers had to fight for the sixth spot on the All-Marine team.
"We had a four-way playoff for the number six men's spot," said Brown.
The four players were all tied with a score of 319. The playoff went to the first hole and [Rhys] Evans paired it for the win."
The six male Marines and three female Marines that make up the All-Marine team began competition in the All-Armed Forces tournament Tuesday and concluded play today against the Army, a joint Navy and Coast Guard team and the Air Force's finest golfers to see who will be the All-Armed Forces best golf team.
Both the opening and closing ceremonies took place at The Legends at Parris Island golf course clubhouse, and the closing ceremonies will take place today at approximately 2 p.m.