Story and Photo by
Sgt. Ricardo Branch
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
Soldiers golf to contribute to community organizations that support local, military families
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — With their busy work schedules, it’s not every day a team of sergeants major and Soldiers get together to play a relaxing game of golf.
However, members of the Hawaii Sergeants Major Association recently found a way to make the time, all for a good cause.
“This is our chance to give back to the community and support a lot of the helpful organizations that
work off of contributions from the public,” said
Sgt. Maj. Larry Webb, G-4 sergeant major, U.S. Army Pacific Command. “I like to play golf, as do a lot of members, so we decided why not hold a golf tournament to raise money for some of the places that do so much to support our Soldiers.”
During the scramble, golfers participated in contests which included longest drive, most accurate drive in the fairway, and the highest and lowest scoring teams.
“I got an invite from one of my golfing buddies, so I came down here with him to play some golf,” said Spc. Alvin Jenkins, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. “This is a benefit tournament, so it’s going to a good cause.”
”I got into golf back in high school, and I really love it,” Jenkins added. “It’s a real relaxing sport where you can meet new people, have fun playing, and participate in events that help a lot of people.”
The golf tournament only lasted one day, but the experience and the proceeds will continue on for months.
The proceeds from the event will go to the Fisher House Hawaii, 1st Tee-Hawaii, U.S. Vets-Hawaii and Army Community Service family advocacy programs.
These organizations that support the local military will be able to bring much-needed services far into the future from the efforts of groups such as the HSMA.
“If you love the community and volunteer your services to it, your community will love you,” Webb said. “That’s how it’s always been with me over the years. It makes me feel good and (volunteering) should be a priority in everyone’s lives.”
Jenkins added, “Events like this give a chance for Soldiers to make a difference in someone’s life. Golf is a sport anyone can play where you don’t have to worry about people getting seriously hurt, so everyone has a good time … I’m glad I came out here.”