Improving their first-week score by two strokes, the 14th Military Police Brigade had the best team score on the second night of the Commander’s Cup Golf Tournament, giving it the right to take home the event’s first-place trophy.
“It was a great competition,” 14th MP Bde. team member Danny Saunders said. “Team camaraderie is what it’s all about. It’s a team sport, and it’s great that it’s been fully supported throughout the year. It was obviously nice to finish as champions.”
Saunders, along with his 14th MP Bde. team members Curt Schroeder, Greg Kleinholz and Mike Duncan were presented with the trophy Aug. 22 at Piney Valley Golf Course by Devonte Bailey with the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports Department. The team also included Tim Gutierrez, who filled in for Kleinholtz in the tournament’s first round Aug. 15.
Kleinholz noted that the 14th MP Bde. team included several players who contributed starting in mid-June, when the intramural season began. Teams had to complete the intramural season to qualify for the tournament.
“We’ve had a lot of different players all year long. So, while the four of us ended up winning today, it’s truly due to a compilation of all the players through the year playing together — it’s truly a team effort,” he said.
Playing a scramble-style, best-ball format, teams were divided into pairs, with two players from each team paired with two players from an opposing team each night. Teams played PVGC’s front nine the first round and completed back nine during the second round.
The 14th MP Bde. took first place with an overall score of 144, shooting 73 the first round, followed by a 71 on Aug. 22.
The U.S. Air Force 368th Training Squadron took second place, improving its first-round score of 77 by five strokes in the second round with a 72 to finish with a total score of 149.
The 31st Engineer Battalion, which had been in first place after shooting a 69 in the first round, added 12 strokes in the second round with an 81 to finish with 150 for third place.
The 554th Engineer Battalion stayed even, shooting 81 both rounds for a total score of 162 and a fourth place finish.
Taking fifth place was the 58th Transportation Battalion, which scored a 79 in the first round and an 86 in the second for a total score of 165.
The Medical Department Activity took sixth place by default by not having enough players to field a complete team.
Several players said they enjoyed the tournament and the season.
“Of course, we want to thank our MWR staff or putting (the tournament) on,” Kleinholz said.