Retired Army Lt. Col. Dave Whitling spent Saturday morning in a familiar place — Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Whispering Firs Golf Course on McChord Field, where the first event in the Whispering Firs Cup Series took place.
The series allows golfers to submit their scores to collect points to earn a spot in the series’ championship Sept. 8. For someone like Whitling, who was going to play a round of golf with friends anyway, it makes sense to submit his score.
“If you’re (already) playing, you don’t have to go out of your way for a special entry,” Whitling said.
The laid-back format requires golfers to play in four of the series’ dates to qualify for the championship event. Dennis Browne, one of the event coordinators, encourages interested participants to play as many rounds as possible.
“The more you play, the more points you accumulate,” Browne said. “This year, (the point system) urges people to play more.”
Although competition is nice, a lot of the golfers who participated Saturday considered it a bonus toward being able to go out with their peers on the links.
Brian Crowley, a retired Air Force senior master sergeant, says the Whispering Firs Cup Series is a chance to play in a tournament setting with your normal group.
“A lot of times (in tournaments), you get placed in a flight with other golfers, but here, you’re in your own group,” Crowley said.
It’s also a good way to spend a weekend for service members, including Master Sgt. Tranq Herrera of the 7th Airlift Squadron.
“For us in the active-duty component, especially in our squadron, we don’t get much time off,” Herrera said. “When we do, this is a great chance to mingle with retirees.”
Browne said Army and Air Force teams are still looking for golfers in the 2018 Rainier Cup June 22 to 24 — a three-day team competition played between Army, Air Force and Navy teams.
Whispering Firs Golf Course will host its annual club championship Aug. 18 and 19. Whispering Firs and JBLM’s Eagles Pride Golf Course are also taking turns splitting four-person team format JBLM CG Scrambles June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 7 and Oct. 12.
Golfers who wish to play in the series will have their next chance June 16. The series will also accept scores on June 30, July 14 and 22, and Aug. 11 and 25.
The buy-in is $15 for each event and there will be prizes for the top three gross and top three net scores for an open division, senior division and women’s division.
Registration can be done inside the Whispering Firs pro shop. For more information, call 253-982-2124.