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Cpl. Travis Williams, a combat videographer for Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., performs to the best of his ability during the RBC Heritage Pro-Am tournament which took place at the Harbour Town Golf Links golf course located at Hilton Head Island, S.C., April 15.

Photo by Cpl. Eric Warner

Tri-Command Marines play with pros

30 Apr 2013 | Cpl. John Wilkes

Two lucky Tri-Command Marines got the opportu­nity to experience the game of golf at its finest when they played with the profes­sional golfers of the PGA Tour during this year’s RBC Heritage Pro-Am tourna­ment at the Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head April 15.

Cpl. Travis Williams, combat videographer with Headquarters and Head­quarters Squadron, MCAS Beaufort, and Cpl. Glen Miller, fiscal services comp­troller aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, stepped out of their offices, put on their golf cleats and hit the green against more than 100 other golf play­ers to represent not only Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and MCRD Par­ris Island, but the Marine Corps as well.

“I was really fortunate to have the opportunity to rep­resent the Marine Corps during this year’s competi­tion and to play my favorite sport with the pros,” said Williams, who began golf­ing when he was 12 years old.

“The first time I played golf I used a broomstick, a block of wood and a small basketball,” he continued. “My next door neighbors were into golf.”

“Golfing is something I have done for most of my life,” said Miller, a native of Augusta, Ga. “I started play­ing when I was 10 years old and it has been a passion ever since.”

The opportunity to play in the RBC Heritage was afforded to Williams and Miller by Boeing and the Heritage Classic Founda­tion in an effort to show their appreciation for the military.

“Playing in this tourna­ment was a great learning experience,” said Williams a native of Blackfoot, Idaho. “The course was beautiful and I felt like I was a pro.”

The tournament was played in a best ball format. Each team consisted of four amateurs and one PGA pro­fessional. The best score for each hole was used to determine the team’s final score.

William’s team finished with a score of 59, which is 12 under par. Miller’s team finished with a score of 61, 10 under par.

The experience of playing in the Pro-Am was a far cry from just hitting a round with his buddies, Williams explained.

“While playing golf you are competing against the other players but more importantly yourself and things you don’t have con­trol over,” he said.

The sport of golf is much more difficult than people think, said Miller. “While playing we got to learn what it’s like to be a PGA profes­sional, many do not realize how much work goes into golf.”

Playing in the tournament was a learning experience for both Marines.

“The PGA profession­als were very helpful and offered a lot of tips and tricks,” said Miller. “By the end of the day I was confi­dent that I had finished as a better golfer than when I began.”

“Playing in the RBC Heri­tage is something I’ll always remember,” echoed both Marines.