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February 22, 2013

Northern Trust Open gives military members chance to get up close, personal with pros

From left: Tech. Sgt. Brent Jnofinn, 412th Aerospace Medicine Squadron; Staff Sgt. Jeff Powell, 412th Maintenance Group; and Staff Sgt. Adam Shura, Air Force Test Center; stand on the tee box on the 10th hole at the Rivera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., Feb. 13. The three got the chance to caddy for pro golfers during the Northern Trust Open tournament.

Staff Sgt. Adam Shura, Air Force Test Center, chats with English pro golfer Lee Westwood Feb. 13 on the 10th hole of the Norther Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Shura and two other Airmen from Edwards got the chance to caddy for pro golfers. Throughout the tournament week, military members received free admission to the tournament, which is an official Professional Golfers’ Association event.

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — Before John Merrick edged out Charlie Beljan for his first Professional Golfers’ Association win at the Northern Trust Open Feb. 17, Airmen from Edwards got the chance to come down the week before and serve as caddies for the pros during a practice round Feb. 13.

Part of the NTO’s annual military appreciation program, military golf enthusiasts had to oppurtunity to also be pinholders on holes for the event.

Staff Sgt. Adam Shura, Air Force Test Center; Staff Sgt. Jeff Powell, 412th Maintenance Group; and Tech. Sgt. Brent Jnofinn, 412th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, were three volunteers who got to meet some of the golfing world’s top players during the event.

“It was an awesome experience and really a chance of a lifetime to meet and caddie for a pro golfer,” said Jnofinn who caddied for 2011 NTO champion Aaron Baddeley on the 10th hole.

Powell caddied for English golfer Lee Westwood for three holes.

“It was an outstanding experience just to be next to those guys,” said Powell.

For the past few years the NTO has provided free admission for active duty military members with their I.D.s.

Tech. Sgt. Brent Jnofinn caddied for 2011 Northern Trust Open Champion Aaron Baddeley during his visit to the tournament.




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