August 30, 2012

H&HS triumphs in station golf tourney

Story and photos by Lance Cpl. Uriel Avendano
Desert Warrior Staff
Teammates Cpl. Sterling Hill and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Wieczorek, of Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting, try to drop shots on the green during the annual MCAS Yuma Intramural Golf Tournament at the Desert Hills Municipal Golf Course, Aug. 28

The gentleman’s sport. An arena where etiquette, fair play, and sportsmanship prevails, even in the amateur ranks.

The staging ground for Marine Corps Air Station Yuma’s annual Intramural Golf Championship Match between Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron and Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting, was set at Yuma’s Desert Hills Municipal Golf Course, Aug. 28.

The tournament, part of Marine Corps Community Services’ golf season, began in the first week of August. The season started with roughly 10 teams from different units from around base in April, all vying for a slot in the playoffs with each team consisting of four golfers.

“I love golf. Love the camaraderie with the crew,” said Cpl. Sterling Hill, an ARFF rescue man and a native of Dundee, Mich.

“We still have that sense of brotherhood underneath the professionalism.”

Cedric Baker, a station safety department occupational safety specialist and a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, drops a ball in the hole during the annual MCAS Yuma Intramural Golf Tournament, Aug. 28.

Hill, who’s been in the Marine Corps just under three years, is paired with his officer-in-charge Chief Warrant Officer 3 Matthew Wieczorek, the ARFF OIC and a native of Montana, who has 20 years of Marine Corps experience under his belt. But on the links, rank defers to teamwork and rapport.

“You get to know all these different people from all around the base,” said Wieczorek.

“And, more than likely, it’s Monday morning cooler talk the next day.”

MCCS has several intramural sports tournaments available for Marines. From flag football to softball to golf and more, it gives participants a variety of options to develop their skills and competitive spirit.

“You just make that one good shot and it makes you want to come out again,” said Wieczorek, who’s won the tournament before.

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