Story & Photography by Tony Centonze
Major General Brian E. Winski hosted this year's Commanding General's Golf Tournament, a 2-day event at Fort Campbell's Cole Park Golf Club.
After a 3-day window for players to get in a practice round, golfers were ready to compete on a course that was described as, “ … in superb condition,” with this promise, “ ... will test your every shot.” They also found themselves tested by severe storms.
We signed up a full roster,” Cole Park General Manager, Dave Normand said. “We're excited for the great turnout. The rain created some issues, but we got the entire field finished on Saturday. The last golfers didn't finish until 8:15 p.m. But, everybody came back on Sunday for the final round, and the weather was great.”
The event was limited to 124 golfers. Entry fees covered two rounds of golf, complimentary range balls, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and a tournament gift pack. The field was broken into three open flights, and three senior flights, with prizes being awarded to the top five places in each flight.
This much-anticipated annual event was a thirty-six hole stroke play tournament, with all divisions playing scratch. This year's Open Division Champion is Brian Balthrop, this year's Senior Division Champion is Joe Hodge.
“I want to give a special shout out to Fortera Credit Union,” Normand said. “A special thanks to all the players for being patient with all the weather issues, and to the Food/Beverage, Golf Shop, and Turf/Grass staff. Carol Remini and the entire team did a fabulous job.”