DVIDS – News – Army Reserve Soldiers participate in annual All Armed Forces golf tournament
FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Dozens of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines from across the country and around the world recently spent four days here to compete in a physically demanding, 72-hole All Armed Forces Golf Championship to see who would rise in their ranks to the top of the competition and achieve victory over their peers.
Two of those contending for top honors that year were Army Reserve Soldiers, representing the All Army women’s team and competing against Navy and Air Force teams.
The indictment was led by Col. Sunny Mitchell, officer in charge of recruiting and retention, US Army Reserve Command and team captain of the All Army golf team. A week before the All Armed Forces golf competition, Mitchell took first place in the All Army Women’s golf tournament after completing 72 holes of tough competition. It was the 15th time she has competed in All Army golf tournaments in the past 22 years.
“The last two weeks here have been phenomenal,” Mitchell said. “In the first week I was able to compete for and win the All Army Women’s Golf Championship for the eighth time in my career. I cannot even express how happy I was to represent my unit and the army.”
Mitchell’s teammate that year was Capt. Eraina Manor, a military intelligence officer assigned to the 647th Regional Support Group based in Wichita, Kansas. Manor, who has competed once in the All Army Golf Tournament, was delighted at the opportunity to represent the Army and compete again this year.
“It was a great privilege to be able to compete at this level with the different services,” said Manor. “Making friends and seeing the professionalism on the course here was really, really great to be a part of.”
The first day of competition started with a two-hour delay caused by drizzle and an ominous dark sky. Mitchell and Manor both finished the day with scores of 86, 13 strokes over par. In contrast, the US Air Force women’s team presented themselves at their best, ending their first day with a par shooting by a member and one just three strokes over Par and set a winning pace from the start.
The All Army Men’s Team ended their first day of competition with two of their six members shooting under par, highlighting them as top competitors to go into competition.
After four days of drives, chips, putts and the constant pressure of competition, the final scores were tallied. For the women’s teams, the Air Force came out on top, taking first place with a total score of 596, followed by the Navy team with a total score of 633.
In the men’s teams, Army climbed the podium and took first place. The top two soldiers had the lowest total scores of 277 and 290. Steve Lim clearly stood out from the crowd and blew away the competition by shooting 15 under par throughout the tournament.
Although the Army women’s team didn’t go home with gold this year, the Army Reserve Soldiers were happy to have had the opportunity to compete in this multi-service competition.
“My favorite part of this competition was representing the Army at this level and fusing two lives into one,” Manor said. “Having the honor and privilege of being an Army officer and being able to combine that career choice with my passion for golf was a great opportunity for which I am truly grateful. It’s such a good time to compete and it really means something. It makes you feel good and it’s just a great way to represent the army.”
“The All Army Sports program is just fabulous,” Mitchell said. “It’s a great way to represent your unit, it’s a great way to represent the army. Overall, it’s a great way to compete and showcase the army’s best talent. It was a phenomenal experience and a blessing every time I got to play.”
Mitchell continued that All Army Sports competitions like this one are important for several reasons. “That’s important because that’s who we are as an army and that’s what we recruit, scholars, athletes and leaders. Sportsmanship, whether individual or team competition, it is a team building event. Even in golf, where you compete as a single player, you are still part of a team. Even if you take a bad shot, you have to stay in the game and think ahead about how to minimize your mistakes to make sure you give your team the best chance of winning.”
Although this year’s competition is in the books, Mitchell is already scouting for interested Soldiers to try and compete in next year’s tournament.
“We’re trying to get the word out, especially in the Army Reserve, that we’re constantly recruiting new talent and trying to bring back talent from years past,” Mitchell said. “The competition is open to all ranks; officer, warrant officer or crew. A lot of people think that to participate in All Army Sports you have to be on active duty, and you don’t. It’s active duty, guard or reserve, and I know we have a lot of talent in the Army Reserve. We want to spread the word, especially to our junior soldiers, to come out and participate, not just for All Army Golf, but for all sports.”
Manor also had some advice for anyone thinking of trying All Army Sports. “Just try to prioritize and make a commitment to attend these events,” she said. “I know it can be difficult for soldiers to take time off, but if someone wants to play golf or any other sport, I encourage people to do so. It’s a great opportunity and a fantastic time.”
Next year’s All Armed Forces golf tournament is scheduled to be held in San Diego in July. Manor already plans to be there.
“I will definitely come back next year if my unit allows me to compete,” she said with a smile. “I think I’ll practice a bit more before I come back, but I’ll definitely come back if I get the chance.”
|Date of recording:||09/14/2022|
|Release Date:||09/20/2022 11:51|
|Location:||FORT BELVOIR, VA, USA|
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