Kentucky Guard members, friends “Get Tee’d off” … for a good cause

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Photos and story by Master Sgt. Phil Speck, Kentucky Air National Guard

 
 

The Winners of the Kentucky National Guard Adjuant General's Open Championship are Dave Tharp, Scottie Sloan, Joe Brummett, Matt Ihnen at Shelbyville Country Club in Shelbyville, Ky., Oct. 14.

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (October 28, 2010) – More than 150 members and friends of the Kentucky National Guard gathered together at the Shelbyville Country Club earlier this month for a little fun on the golf course, some light-hearted competition and to raise money for a common goal.

For more than twenty years The Adjutant General’s Open Championship has benefited Guard-related issues.  This year’s motto – “Get Tee’d off…for a good cause” – was in honor of the Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund.

Brig. Gen. Lonnie Culver, assistant division commander maneuver, 38th Infantry Division, tees off at the Kentucky National Guard Adjutant General's Open Championship at Shelbyville Country Club in Shelbyville, Ky., Oct. 14

More than $2,700 was raised as a result of the games, all of which will be used to help construct a memorial at Frankfort’s Boone National Guard center that honors the service of Kentucky Guard members, particularly those who perished in the line of duty.

This year Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, the adjutant general for Kentucky, created his own trophy, the TAG Cup.  The competition pitted one Army Guard team and one Air Guard team on two holes.  Best score wins the trophy for their branch.  The TAG Cup will be adorned with the appropriate colored ribbon and on display in the EOC building at the Boone Center.

Also, the team that wins the open will have its name embroidered on the “Green Jacket,” which returned after a two year hiatus.

“This year we started a new tradition supporting the memorial fund,” said Joe Brummett, an Army Guard retired master sergeant whose team took first place in the games.  “That is such a great cause.  Also, the TAG Cup was a lot of fun and the competition between the services was an extra treat.”

This year’s turn out was the largest in the event’s twenty year history, said Brummett.

“The mixture of old and new, Army and Air, that was all great,” said Brummett.  “Combine that with the money we made for the memorial fund, it all made this year’s tournament really special.”

First place winners for the championship were Joe Brummett, Matt Ihnen, Dave Tharp and Scottie Sloan.   This team also won the coveted TAC Cup competition.

Second Place was Gart Buckland, Randy Molten, Mark Robinson and Mark DeGroat. Third Place was Larry McCord, Lloyd King, Jeff Gartin and Todd Combs.

the Green Jacket

You can find out more information about the Kentucky National Guard Memorial at www.kyngmemorial.com.

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