In May 2008, when I was the Head Golf Professional at Westpark GC, I had the honor to host the first Loudoun First Responders Foundation golf classic. For those who don’t know, the foundation’s mission is to financially support any individual Loudoun County public safety officer (and their family) facing needs arising from injury, illness, and conditions incurred in the line of duty. During its brief five year history, the LFRF golf classic has raised over $50,000 and has become one of my favorite events.
Last Thursday, at 1757 Golf Club in Ashburn, I was able to participate as a competitor for the first time. Despite a couple days of hard rain, the course was in great shape for our field of seventy golfers. After breakfast and a little warm-up time on the range, we teed off under gray skies at 8:30. My partners (Doug, Rich, and Chad pictured above) and I were able to get on a roll and ended up shooting a 56, highlighted by what we thought was my first hole in one. On the 200 yard par 3 seventh, my tee shot disappeared and everyone thought it had gone in. Turned out is was just hiding behind the flagstick, so we had to settle for a kick in birdie.
It must have been our day, not only did we win the tournament, we each won a raffle prize too. That makes three tournaments in a row for Team LoCo, including the last two Team Jake events. We are looking forward to defending the title next year, hope to see you out there as well.