With 176 players competing, the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Golf Tournament was held on Flag Day on the Oak and Pecan courses at Walnut Creek Country Club as the 9th annual event returned to the Mansfield golf course for the third-straight year.
The golf tournament was played on the par-70 Pecan and par-71 Oak courses at Walnut Creek Country Club where the event was played the previous two years in September. Trevor Armstrong and Jeff Goodsell of Enterprise Rental Car, who were part of the winning team the past two years on the Oak Course, returned to win again this year with Captain Robert Bennett and Brian Schaaf as the foursome posted a 51 score.
Cory Roseborrough, Joel Strickland and Ted Waldrip of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, who won the 2011 championship together on the Pecan Course, also posted a 51 score with Bob Keymont, but the group lost the scorecard tie-breaker. Placing third with a 57 score on the Oak Course were WP Richardson, John Humphrey, Allen Wallach and Andrew Yanez. Roseborrough and Strickland were also course champions in 2008 and 2009 when the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Golf Tournament was played at the Bear Creek Golf Club near DFW Airport.
Topping the competition on the Pecan Course were T.D. Smyers, David Youst, Treven Feleciano, Jayson Williams with a 51 score. Placing second with a 53 score were Sean Martin, Michael Cardenas, Carl Hanna and Jim Gerritsen while Janet Black, Len Williams, Rob Repola and Dennis Bell with a 54 score. In the Armed Forces competition, the Air Force foursome of Brett Ashworth, Dustin Beard, Lance Pigott and Steven Rowe posted a score of 60 to better the Marines, Coast Guard, Army and Navy. Here are Thursday’s other honorees:
Longest Drive, Men – Lance Reed, Oak; Steve Rowe, Oak
Longest Drive, Women – Beth Kester, Oak; Keisha Dunlap, Pecan
Closes to the Pin – Bill Kester, Oak; Rob Bennett, Pecan
The shotgun-formatted event was played in the morning followed by a noon-time luncheon at Walnut Creek Country Club where Brant Ringler, the Executive Director of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, announced the creation of the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America.
The Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA will honor an individual and/or a group within the realm of the sport of football that has created, developed and/or produced a program which provides care, concern and support for past or present members of the United States armed forces and/or their families.
To be awarded for the first time prior to the playing of the 2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, nominations for the Armed Forces Merit Award will be accepted this summer with the selection process beginning in October. The inaugural recipient will be announced in November on Veteran’s Day.
“We are excited to become more involved with the Football Writers Association of America by jointly initiating our award to recognize the achievements of an individual or group from the realm of football that has successfully produced a program to benefit our country’s armed forces,” said Ringler.
“There are numerous individuals and groups in our country that have devoted a lot of time, energy and financial backing to support programs associated with the armed forces and their families,” said Steve Richardson, executive director of the FWAA. “By teaming with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, the FWAA will help recognize these groups or people. Within the FWAA, we also have members who have military backgrounds, either as enlisted men or with relatives who have served this country. Additionally, this will be meaningful to them."