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AFNORTH/601st AOC team wins golf championship

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  • By Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund
  • AFNORTH Public Affairs
The Air Forces Northern/601st Air and Space Operations Center Golf Team brought home this year's intramural golf championship trophy from Bay Dunes Golf Club in Panama City Sept. 3, defeating 325th Civil Engineer Squadron for the trophy.

The team was one of seven in the summer league which ran from July 16 - Aug. 6.

CES put up a great effort to the final pin only to fall short, Master Sgt. John Fuschich, team captain, said.

He added due to frequent schedule changes, it was sometimes tough to get a full team for a game, and player flexibility played a big part.

"I appreciated the team for their skill and flexibility when it came to last-minute schedule changes."

Maj. Troy Lindig agreed.

This truly was a team effort. Only four people could play each week and most of us played with a different partner.

The team had a few important moments during the championship round.

"One of the key moments of the match was the ninth hole when Senior Master Sgt. Herb Harrell birdied the hole, squaring the match and halving the front side of the match," Lindig said.

Carrying their momentum to the back side, the Lindig/Harrell team won the final nine. 

During the playoff, both Lindig/Harrell and Technical Sgt. Garrett Haskell and Mike Horton birdied the 18th hole to win the championship," Lindig said.

On the final hole, Haskell used his 130-degree wedge to land within five feet of the hole.

"CES being about 10 feet from the pin gave Haskell the confidence to sink the putt for a birdie," Fuschich said. "CES missed theirs for a par. Game. Set. Match. All of our hard work paid off."

That success capped off the 2014 season for the team.

"A big thank you goes to coach Fuschich for organizing the weekly players and ensuring we had a team at the course each and every week," Lindig said.

Fuschich also expressed his gratitude to the base for setting up the season and noted it was a great privilege to lead the team.¬