Story and photos by Matt Decker
The U.S. Army Chemical Corps Regimental Week ended Saturday on the greens at Piney Valley Golf Course, as teams turned out for the annual Chemical Corps Regimental Association Golf Tournament.
“What a fantastic week, and what a way to end the week,” said Brig. Gen. Andy Munera, U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School commandant, as he welcomed players to the tournament.
“Hit’em straight, drink lots of water and have a great time,” he added.
Although the tournament began at 9 a.m., players faced hot and muggy conditions.
The CCRA Chapter of the Ozarks hosts the tournament for the regiment each year. Frank Lewis, chapter vice president, said that, in addition to letting current and retired CBRN Soldiers compete on the golf course, the event serves as a kind of reunion.
“It’s great camaraderie, and it’s a great time for them to see people they may not have seen in years,” Lewis said. “They might see people they worked for when they first came in, or people they served with in the middle of their careers. There’s a lot of talking and a lot of fellowship — it’s like a big reunion for everybody.”
The scramble-format tournament presented awards to the top three teams.
Taking first place with a low score of 58 was the team of Alfred Boone, Danny Saunders, Jeremiah Furnia and Victor Rivera.
Taking second place with a score of 59 was the team of Wilson Alvarado, A.J. Manns, Tim Gutierrez and Robert Peterson.
Taking third place with a score of 60 was the team of Sean Crockett, Micah Huling, Gedney Riley and John Zvirgzdins.