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MacDill sergeant scores on amateur golf tour

Story Senior Airman Heather McMahan
Thunderbolt staff writer

A MacDill member was the overall point winner in the inaugural Tampa Bay area Michelob Light Amateur Golf Tour. More than 100 golfers took part in the summer session of the tour. Tech. Sgt. Chris Miller, 6th Air Mobility Wing, captured 6,495 points in 13 events to outdistance the second place person by more than 250 points. Miller won four events, two in playoffs, and came in second in another to lead the pack.

"My wife got me the membership into the tour for my birthday," said Miller. "I told her I wanted to be able to play different courses around Tampa and this afforded me the opportunity to do that. I have met so many great people on the tour, also."

Some of the courses the tour played were Cheval, TPC of Tampa Bay, Belleview Biltmore, Lake Jovita, Westchase, Bardmoor, Bloomingdale, Fox Hollow and even MacDill's south course.

The tour is open to players with a USGA handicap of 20 or less and is broken up into four flights. Championship is 0-4, A flight: is 5-9, B flight is 10-15 and C flight is 16-20. Prizes are awarded to the top three finishers in each flight for each event. Prize values are $300 for first, $200 for second and $100 for third.

"When I stepped to the first tee for the first event at Cheval, I must admit I was nervous," said Miller. "After hitting the first shot, though, I settled down and just played golf."

Miller started out in B flight based on his handicap, but finished in A flight and, besides being the overall point leader, led A flight and received a trophy at the year-end tournament where he finished 11th out of 23 golfers in his flight.

"It was great competing against other golfers in a tournament setting each time we played," he said. "You're playing against others your caliber so it makes you concentrate that much more. We played some great courses and I'm looking forward to teeing it up again soon."

Miller is already signed up to play the next season of the tour which begins Monday at Lake Jovita and concludes at Fox Hollow Golf Club in November, with more than 20 events planned in between.




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