We had a beautiful day for our 2021 Seidel Chapter Golf Classic at Prestonwood Hills Country Club, with 92 golfers teeing it up. The overall tournament winners were:
1st Place - 344th Recruiting Squadron - 56!
2nd Place - Good Earth - 62 (won by a tie breaker)
3rd Place - John Delao Team - 62
Eight teams competed in the Military/Police/First Responder competition. The first place team was the 344th Recruiting Squadron, which designated their $1000 prize to the North Texas Warrior Golf Association.
Second place went to the 24th Fighter Squadron Team #1, JRB Carswell.
We owe the success of the tournament to golf chairman Joe Sommers and his tournament committee (Bob Gehbauer, Bob Epstein, John Campbell, Paul Hendricks, Bill Harding and Joel Hatch) A special thanks goes to PGA pro and AF vet Mark Fontana, who provided a short game clinic prior to the shotgun start and donated a custom-fit Titleist wedge to the winner of the chipping contest. Also Robert Coalter, Executive Director of the Army Air Corps Library and Museum had a stunning display of WWII memorabilia in the club entrance. Photographer Pat Nugent roamed the course and got pictures of the teams, and our volunteers did all the behind-the-scenes work, from check-in to prizes, that really made the tournament click. Thanks to Dottie Gehbauer, Janet Hatch, Adrienne Fried, Ric Hamer and Les Kemp.
The secret to a successful tournament is generous sponsors, and we had some great ones including Park Place Auto Dealerships, Dallas Baptist University, Creative Planning, Katten Law, Randolph-Brooks Credit Union, JMEG Electrical Contractors, Bob Tomes Auto Group, Innovative Auto Works, Pinnacle Bank and Navy Federal Credit Union, Goosehead Insurance, the Military Heritage Museum of North Texas, plus two anonymous sponsors. Thanks to all our sponsors for their generous support.
Where Do the Tournament Proceeds Go?
So, other than to have fun, why did have this tournament? Well, it's one of our two big Chapter fundraising events that support all the great charity work your Chapter does. It's the primary source of funds for our Congressman Sam Johnson AFJROTC Scholarship Program. which we started in 2020. Since then we've awarded $24,000 to outstanding local high school AFJROTC seniors who expressed an intention to enroll in a college ROTC program.
It also pays for the scholarships we award to the Youth Leadership Program summer programs and the Civil Air Patrol Summer Flight Academies. We also contribute to AFA's Wounded Airmen Program and in the last two years have contributed $20,000 right here at home, to the Veterans Center of North Texas and the Veterans Resource Center.
Watch for a save-the-date for our 2022 tournament next October. .