Fort Leonard Wood’s celebration of the U.S. Army’s 244th Birthday on Friday extended to Piney Valley Golf Course, where a full slate of more than 30 teams gathered for a day of fun during the annual Army Birthday Golf Scramble.
“We’ve got a great turn-out. It’s sold out,” said Steve Belton, golf course manager and PGA professional at PVGC.
The four-person scramble-format tournament included players representing units across the installation as well as several community members.
Col. Eric Towns, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood commander, addressed players just before the start of the tournament.
“Today is the 244th Birthday of the United States Army, and that’s what we’re really out here to celebrate today,” Towns said. “I ask you as you make your way around the course to reflect back on your contributions to the Army and everything the Army has done to contribute to America’s freedom. It’s pretty awe-inspiring, especially coming just a few days after the 75th anniversary of D-Day.”
During the scramble, each four-person team played from the best ball on each hole. The team of Schroeder, Kleinholz, Furnia and Saunders had the best overall score, finishing with a 55. The team of Halter, Simpson, Williamson and Combs shot a 60 to finish second overall, and the team of Labrato, Vedder, Nicks and Wise were third overall with a 61.
The golf course has been busy this summer with a variety of events. The Army Birthday Golf Tournament was held in conjunction with this month’s Commanding General’s Golf Scramble.
“We have tournaments. This tournament, in particular, we have every month,” Belton said. “We also have free golf lessons on Saturdays for active military. The golf course is in great shape, especially after all the rain we’ve had. Everything has greened up really nice, and we’re always glad to have new golfers come out to see us.”
More information, including a list of events happening at PVGC, can be found at https://leonardwood.armymwr.com/programs/piney-valley-golf-course-pvgc.