Another tough day in chaplaincy.
The NCOs (Non-Commissioned Officers – Corporals and Sergeants) of the Combat Logistics Regiment that I have been covering took it upon themselves to plan a morning golf tournament. I had to drag myself out of bed to get up to Taiyo Golf Course for my 7:00 am Tee-time. It was horrible, but for the command…for the Marine, I’m willing to forego personal comfort.
I really give it to the command for supporting this event. June is a big down time from military exercises, and nothing big is coming up for us. But, they really see it as an opportunity for people to let loose a little bit and enjoy each other’s company. Further, funds collected at the golf tournament (significantly more from officers and SNCOs) goes to support events for NCOs and junior Marines (E-1 though E-5). Everyone who wants to go is encouraged and given the day off from work (if possible).
The CLR-3 NCO Golf Tournament is not a once-in-a-lifetime example of commands sending their Marines golfing. There is a culture of golf tournaments here: if one plays their cards right (and some colonels do), one can spend every Friday golfing.
I am not good at golf. While I took golf as an elective in college, I was never that good. That was a long time ago. Today was the first time that I played a round of 18-holes since a bachelor party in Myrtle Beach in 2008. And I’m not 100% that we finished all 18 then.
While I was a disaster for the first 10 holes, my team somehow pieced together a victory. I even contributed!
For the first time, I went out during a work-day to do something fun. I got to wear some awesome plaid shorts and not camouflage. I relaxed…and my phone only rang 28 times.