U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

 

U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

Marines compete for golfing camaraderie

By Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso | | June 04, 2010

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Corporal David D. Pender, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific's ground safety noncommissioned officer in charge, coaches a teammate on the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Complex's fifth hole June 4 during the second annual MarForPac Marine Corps Birthday Ball Golf Tournament at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. The annual event is intended to build camaraderie and provide an opportunity to interact with the local community. The golfers competed for several cash prizes, vacation opportunities, restaurant vouchers and golf equipment. Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)(Released)

Corporal David D. Pender, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific's ground safety noncommissioned officer in charge, coaches a teammate on the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Complex's fifth hole June 4 during the second annual MarForPac Marine Corps Birthday Ball Golf Tournament at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. The annual event is intended to build camaraderie and provide an opportunity to interact with the local community. The golfers competed for several cash prizes, vacation opportunities, restaurant vouchers and golf equipment. Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)(Released) (Photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)


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100603-M-9161A-154 MCB HAWAII - Corporal Matt Sweet, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific's aviation safety noncommissioned officer in charge, and his teammates jokingly named themselves "the non-rates" while golfing at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Complex June 4 during the second annual MarForPac Marine Corps Birthday Ball Golf Tournament at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. Sweet's team was comprised of junior Marines and NCOs. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)(Released)

100603-M-9161A-154 MCB HAWAII - Corporal Matt Sweet, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific's aviation safety noncommissioned officer in charge, and his teammates jokingly named themselves "the non-rates" while golfing at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Complex June 4 during the second annual MarForPac Marine Corps Birthday Ball Golf Tournament at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. Sweet's team was comprised of junior Marines and NCOs. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)(Released) (Photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)


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100603-M-9161A-158 MCB HAWAII -Gunnery Sgt. Mark O'Hare, company gunnery sergeant for Headquarters Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, takes a moment to decide his next play during the second annual MarForPac Marine Corps Birthday Ball Golf Tournament June 4 at the Klipper Golf Complex, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. The annual event is intended to build camaraderie and provide an opportunity to interact with the local community. The golfers competed for several cash prizes, vacation opportunities, restaurant vouchers and golf equipment. Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)(Released)

100603-M-9161A-158 MCB HAWAII -Gunnery Sgt. Mark O'Hare, company gunnery sergeant for Headquarters Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, takes a moment to decide his next play during the second annual MarForPac Marine Corps Birthday Ball Golf Tournament June 4 at the Klipper Golf Complex, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. The annual event is intended to build camaraderie and provide an opportunity to interact with the local community. The golfers competed for several cash prizes, vacation opportunities, restaurant vouchers and golf equipment. Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)(Released) (Photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)


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100603-M-9161A-196 MCB HAWAII - More than 100 service members and government employees competed in the second annual U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific,  Marine Corps Birthday Ball Golf Tournament June 4 at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Complex, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. The annual event is intended to build camaraderie and provide an opportunity to interact with the local community. The golfers competed for several cash prizes, vacation opportunities, restaurant vouchers and golf equipment. Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)(Released)

100603-M-9161A-196 MCB HAWAII - More than 100 service members and government employees competed in the second annual U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, Marine Corps Birthday Ball Golf Tournament June 4 at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Complex, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. The annual event is intended to build camaraderie and provide an opportunity to interact with the local community. The golfers competed for several cash prizes, vacation opportunities, restaurant vouchers and golf equipment. Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)(Released) (Photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)


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100603-M-9161A-261 MCB HAWAII - (From left to right) Master Gunnery Sgt. Ernest Shifflet, Lt. Col. Roger Scambler, Maj. Rob Coel and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ray Hernandez  took first place during the second annual U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, Marine Corps Birthday Ball Golf Tournament June 4 at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Complex, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. The annual event is intended to build camaraderie and provide an opportunity to interact with the local community. The golfers competed for several cash prizes, vacation opportunities, restaurant vouchers and golf equipment.  Each first place winner, all assigned to MarForPac, received $100. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)(Released)

100603-M-9161A-261 MCB HAWAII - (From left to right) Master Gunnery Sgt. Ernest Shifflet, Lt. Col. Roger Scambler, Maj. Rob Coel and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ray Hernandez took first place during the second annual U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, Marine Corps Birthday Ball Golf Tournament June 4 at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Complex, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. The annual event is intended to build camaraderie and provide an opportunity to interact with the local community. The golfers competed for several cash prizes, vacation opportunities, restaurant vouchers and golf equipment. Each first place winner, all assigned to MarForPac, received $100. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)(Released) (Photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)


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Corporal Matt Sweet, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific's aviation safety noncommissioned officer in charge, drives at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Complex's twelfth whole June 4 during the second annual MarForPac Marine Corps Birthday Ball Golf Tournament at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. The annual event is intended to build camaraderie and provide an opportunity to interact with the local community. The golfers competed for several cash prizes, vacation opportunities, restaurant vouchers and golf equipment.

Corporal Matt Sweet, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific's aviation safety noncommissioned officer in charge, drives at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Complex's twelfth whole June 4 during the second annual MarForPac Marine Corps Birthday Ball Golf Tournament at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. The annual event is intended to build camaraderie and provide an opportunity to interact with the local community. The golfers competed for several cash prizes, vacation opportunities, restaurant vouchers and golf equipment. (Photo by Sgt. Juan D. Alfonso)


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MCB HAWAII -- More than 100 service members and government employees competed in the second annual U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, Marine Corps Birthday Ball Golf Tournament June 4 at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Complex, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.

MarForPac officials coordinated the event to promote camaraderie among MarForPac personnel and other services, and provide an opportunity to interact with the local community, according to Master Gunnery Sgt. Brad P. Adams, MarForPac’s aviation supply chief and event coordinator.

“Our whole intent with the tournament is to have a few laughs and an enjoyable time while enhancing our relationship with the golfing community and beyond,” Adams said.

Participants competed for several cash prizes, vacation opportunities, restaurant vouchers and golf equipment culminating in more than $50,000 in prizes in the four-person scramble tournament, where each team member tees off, picks up their ball and continue to play from the whichever ball lands closest to the hole.

“I’m not really much of a golfer but I do like playing a couple of rounds,” said Navy Chief Petty Officer Michael Lykens, who retires at the end of the month and is currently on terminal leave. “This tournament gave me an opportunity to keep saying goodbye to a lot of my friends and meet some new ones.” That sentiment shared by many golfers at the event.

“From a camaraderie and inter-service perspective, the event was a great success,” Adams said. “There was a great time had by all and everyone was very impressed by how well run it was. We look forward to conducting more events like this one.”