10th Annual Golf Tournament Results

June 14, 2013

With an event-record 185 players competing, the 10th annual Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Golf Tournament was held Friday, on Flag Day, at the Oak and Pecan courses of Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield, Texas. The popular summertime event returned to Walnut Creek's two courses for the fourth-straight year.

This year also marked the second straight year the event was held on Flag Day as the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl continues to salute, honor and celebrate the military branches of the United States.

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 three years.

Winning on the Pecan Course with the lowest overall score was the Elbit Systems of America team, including Bryce Barrow, Josh Dennis, Lee Koonce and Art Rooney, with a score of 51.  Second with a 52 score was the Clear Channel team, including Josh Gleton, Bobby Hicks, Jake Smith and Jim Smith, while third with a 54 total on the Pecan course was the host Walnut Creek Country Club team of Lary Bender, Shawn Malley, Garrett Mersberger and Mike Monroe.

The winning team on the Oak Course with a total score of 54 was the BBVA Compass team of Chad Carroll, Brian James, Carl Hannah and Brian Rudd.  There was a three-way tie for second at 56 under par that was decided by a scorecard playoff. Placing second was the Texas Health Ben Hogan team of Damond Blueitt, Mike Macko and Mike Moncrief while third place went to the team of Stephen Draper, Jerry Jones and Ed Stidham.

In the Armed Forces competition, the Marines' foursome of Capt. Jay Bomholt, MGySgt Brian Comeaux, CW03 Robert Sanders and MSgt Aaron Strickland posted a score of 60 to better the teams representing the Air Force, Coast Guard, Army and Navy. The Marines have now won for the second time in the three-year history of the competition.

Here are Friday’s other honorees:
Longest Drive, – Garrett Mersberger (Walnut Creek Country Club), Pecan; Jeff Fujisaka (L-3 Communications), Oak
Closes to the Pin – Jim Darwin (Texas Veteran's Land Board), Pecan; Diana Combs-Selman (ThumbTechs Corporation), Oak

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, congratulated everyone for participating and helping to celebrate the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, “More Than a Bowl Game”.

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date

The 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will again be played in Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. The 11th edition of this postseason college football bowl game will kick off at 10:45 a.m. (CT) from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU. The game will again air on ESPN and ESPN Radio.

This year’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is slated to feature a team from the Mountain West Conference versus the U.S. Naval Academy, pending bowl eligibility. While the bowl game played in honor of the armed forces has previously hosted the U.S. Military Academy (2010) and the U.S. Air Force Academy (2007-2009, 2012), this is the first year that the bowl will host the Naval Academy.

This will also mark the third year for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to play on December 30, as the 2010 and 2011 contests were both held on that date. The most recent Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl was played Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 featuring a match-up between the Rice Owls and U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons, in which the Owls claimed the bowl victory 33-14. The 2012 showcase drew an attendance of 40,754 and the largest TV audience in the game’s history with an average of 2,584,000 households. The ESPN telecast had a 2.6 average household coverage rating – marking the bowl’s second-highest rating in the event history.

Ticket information for the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be released in September and can be obtained at ArmedForcesBowl.com. Armed forces veterans and active-duty personnel receive free admittance via the bowl’s corporate armed forces ticket underwriting program. 

For additional information about the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, please visit ArmedForcesBowl.com, Facebook.com/ArmedForcesBowl or Twitter.com/ArmedForcesBowl.