MCAS BEAUFORT S.C. -- The qualifier for the All-Marine Golf Team began Sept. 4, and continued until Sept. 11, at The Legends at Parris Island Golf Course aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
Participating Marines played 72 holes during the week with four 18-hole rounds. The players’ total score of the four rounds will be compared to other qualifiers to determine if they make this year’s All-Marine Golf Team.
Twenty-two men and 4 women around the Marine Corps have been selected to participate in the qualifier, and only 6 men and 3 women will be selected to play for the team.
All-Marine Sport Teams are comprised of highly skilled Marines who have submitted a sports resume and have been accepted to play for their respective sport while maintaining an active-duty status.
Each year, interested Marines must reapply to join the All-Marine Sport Teams regardless if they played on the team the previous year.
All-Marine Sport Team players serve on the team as their Temporary Assigned Duty lasting approximately 2 weeks if they participate in the Armed Forces Golf Championship. Marines who do not make the All-Marine Golf Team have their TAD orders terminated and are to report back to their unit.
“During the week of the qualifying, I will be evaluating all players to determine our strengths and weaknesses because in the beginning you don’t know who will be our final 9 men and women,” said Andy Henson, All-Marine Golf Team coach and Professional Golf Association head professional aboard Parris Island.
“In a good player it’s important they have great course management and also have a good short game, which is their performance within 100 yards of the hole.”
Members who are on the team will continue to play in the Armed Forces Golf Championship, which includes active-duty teams from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps. Each year, a service is selected to host the championship following the qualifiers.
This year’s Armed Forces Golf Championship will be held at Parris Island’s golf course, Sept. 12.
“The overall purpose of the sports is to build camaraderie and create competition between the services with each a goal to win the gold medal,” said Henson, a native of Jacksonville, Fla.
Other sport teams offered in the Marine Corps include basketball, bowling, boxing, cross country, marathon, rugby, soccer, softball, skeet, tae kwon do, triathlon, volleyball and wrestling.
“It’s an honor to be here because it’s a chance to go against the most elite players in the Marine Corps,” said Sgt. Steve Peay from 8th Communications Battalion in Camp Lejeune, NC. “All-Marine Sports allows us to keep that competitive edge we are all known for.”
Marines who qualified include Col. Krista Crosetto, Capt. Kari Matthews, Capt. Sona Fleck, Capt. Josh Benson, Gunnery Sgt. Donald Hopkins, Staff Sgt. Aubrey Evans, Cpl. Glen Miller, Lance Cpl. Kurtis Lucas, and Lance Cpl. Addison Lambeth.
All-Marine Sports applications can be obtained through Chuck Culpepper, Air Station and Parris Island athletic director, who can be contacted at 228-7747. Interested Marines can also visit www.usmc-mccs.org/sports.