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September 19, 2016 at 5:45am

5th ASOS wins base golf championship

Shane Hobrecht, of 5th ASOS, right, and Matthew Horgan watch Hobrecht’s approach shot to the first hole at Whispering Firs Golf Course. (JBLM PAO photo)

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Having knowledge of the course can lead to a successful round of golf. It was true for the 5th Air Support Operations Squadron as the unit was able to hold off the 62nd Aerial Port Squadron by six total strokes during the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Commander’s Cup Golf Championship Monday at Whispering Firs Golf Course on McChord Field.

Five teams of four golfers each were split into pairs to play a best-ball format through all 18 holes. Shane Hobrecht and Matthew Horgan of 5th ASOS had the best overall team score with a round of 78 — only six over the course’s par. Both men admitted they could have played a better round and were saved by recovery shots.

“We were missing the fairways for most of the round until the last three holes,” Hobrecht said. “It was mostly recovery shots and a couple of good putts.”

Even the B duo for 5th ASOS — Ray Anderson and Doug Kesler — admitted they had troubles on the course. Although they finished with a round of 82 that was tied for the second best score by any duo, they said they felt they could have easily scored closer to Hobrectht’s and Horgan’s round.

“We would have bad holes together, and we would have good holes together,” Anderson said. “He didn’t make any putts, and I couldn’t hit any fairways.”

Being an Air Force unit means having some familiarity with Whispering Firs. Although the 5th ASOS’s office is located on Lewis Main, the unit often plays rounds of golf on Whispering Firs.

Playing the entire golf season at Whispering Firs might have also helped. The 5th ASOS team was able to focus its approach shots toward the stronger sides of the greens — avoiding hazards like water and sand.

“We knew where to play the greens, even when we were recovering,” Hobrecht said.

The 62nd APS also had some good games with Roy Pilipovich and Keith White teaming up for a round of 82, followed up with a round of 84 by the team of David McHugo and Patrick Wagnon — perhaps not bad

for a team that could have been out of the original playoff picture.

Historically, the JBLM Commander’s Cup Golf Championship was meant to be contested among four teams. While 5th ASOS finished the regular season first with 12.5 match points and 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron finished with 11.5 points, three teams finished tied with 11 points.

The decision was made to have the teams representing 62nd Maintenance Squadron, 62nd Medical Brigade and 62nd APS advance to the championship round.

The 5th ASOS team was able to get a championship win, which was big for a unit that hasn’t been able to get the same participation for intramural sports as it did last year — contending for the Commander’s Cup that eventually went to the 47th Combat Support Hospital.

It does help build confidence moving toward next year, when the unit hopes to get more teams and more championships, Horgan said.

“We missed a couple of sports, so we’re in a rebuild year,” he said.

Golf tournament final results

1) 5th Air Support Operations Squadron, 160 (+16); 2) 62nd Aerial Port Squadron, 166 (+22); 3) 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 174 (+30); 4) 62nd Maintenance Squadron, 177 (+33); 5) 62nd Medical Brigade, 181 (+37)

1) 5th ASOS — Shane Hobrecht/Matthew Horgan, 78 (+6); Ray Anderson/Doug Kesler, 82 (+10). Total

2) 62nd APS — Roy Pilipovich/Keith White, 82 (+10); David McHugo/Patrick Wagnon, 84 (+12)

3) 62nd AMXS — Don Tilley/Mark Littlejohn, 85 (+13); Craig Hoebeke/Andrew Lamont, 89 (+17)

4) 62nd MXS — Shane Meyer/Anthony Vigil, 83 (+11); Jess Edmiston/Andrew Johnson, 94 (+22)

5) 62nd Med. Bde. — Gene Quitugua/Jason Van Gilder, 86 (+14); Brad Sonoda/Chris Williams, 95 (+23)

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