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JBLM Golf Championship

Head to head

Recruiters take home trophy

Published: 01:48PM September 26th, 2013
Head to head

Scott Hansen/Northwest Guardian

Recruiters team member Maury Roper watches his tee shot on the second fairway during the JBLM Intramural Golf Championship at Eagles Pride Golf Course.

The Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion had a shiny addition at the unit’s conference Tuesday.

The previous evening the RRB Alpha and Bravo companies took home the first and third trophies, respectively in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Intramural Golf Championship at Eagles Pride Golf Course.

Led by the play of Maury Roper on the last four holes of a nine-hole game, A Co., RRB, edged Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade by three strokes for the base title. After finishing runner-up the last two years, A Co., RRB, took home the top prize with a score of 77.

“It was a team effort all the way around, all season long,” said Patrick Taylor of A Co., RRB.

Taylor and Roper were joined by Chris Llewellyn and Wayne Parker and in teams of two golfed scores of 38 and 39 for their winning score. The team has been golfing together the last four years.

For the first four weeks of the season, the RRB companies traded first and second, until 201st BfSB moved ahead and finished with a 15-3 record, while A Co., RRB finished 12.5-5.5. The final two teams were left standing out of the 10 teams that started the season June 17. Third place was awarded to B Co., RRB, at the semifinal, Sept. 16.

This year was the first season 201st BfSB put together a team to compete in the intramural golf season. Matthew Mueller put together a group of seven golfers, who cycled through the season and led the unit to the regular season league championship. Mueller was joined by Mike Kindleburg, Jason Park and Dayron Vargas for the intramural championship. Divided into two teams, the golfers finished with scores of 44 and 36 for a combined score of 80.

“It’s the countdown to next June now,” Mueller said.

When the two teams teed off on the red course for their final game, the golfers were wiping down golf cart seats and golf club grips in between each swing as a steady rain fell. The teams got a break midway through as the rain ceased and they finished up the game at dusk.

The JBLM intramural sports calendar continues with flag football, which started play this week, and wrestling, scheduled for November.