Air Force Men and Army Women dominate 2019 Armed Forces Golf

By Mr. Steven Dinote, U.S. Armed Forces Sports Secretariat U.S. Armed Forces Sports

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In a shear display of dominance, Air Force men seized the top five positions as Army women won with a 54-stroke lead during the 2019 Armed Forces Golf Championship held at the Falcon Dunes Golf Course at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona from May 15-18. 

After round one, the Armed Forces Men’s championship was tight between Air Force, Navy and Army as only three-strokes separated first through third place. 

During round two, Air Force extended their lead by 22-strokes and never turned back. In the end, Air Force returned to the top of the podium to capture their eighth team title in ten years. 

Air Force finished the four-round tournament with a score of 1369, an astonishing 51 below par. Five of the Air Force golfers finished the championship below par. 

Army, the 2018 champs, won team silver scoring 1444. Navy finished third with a score of 1457 and Marines in fourth scoring 1472.

Air Force Capt. Kyle Westmoreland of the U.S. Air Force Academy, led the charge scoring 271 (-13) followed by teammates Capt. Andrew Fecteau of Minot AF, N.D. with a score of 272 (-12) and Capt. Brandon Johnson of Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio registering a score of 273 (-11) to top the podium of the men’s championship. 

On the women’s side, Army returned to the top of the podium since 2016 with a controlling score of 623 to win team gold over the Air Force.  

Air Force recorded 677 for silver, as Marine Corps scored 748 for third place. Navy did not field a women’s team this year. 

Army’s win came by the leading play of returning champion 2nd lt. Melanie DeLeon of U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria (Grafenwöhr), Germany. 

DeLeon won the 2017 Armed Forces Championship during her debut performance. After taking a year-off, DeLeon returned to the top of the podium now winning gold in her two performances. 

Veteran golfer Air Force Lt. Col. Linda Jeffery of Maxwell AFB, Alabama took silver scoring 309 and 2018 champion Navy Lt. Laurel Gill of Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. rounding out the podium with a score of 315. 

The 2019 Armed Forces Golf Championship also served as the selection event for the U.S. Armed Forces Golf Team that will compete in the 7th Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) Military World Games held in Wuhan, China from October 18-28, 2019. 

Westmoreland, Fecteau and Johnson will be joined by Air Force Senior Airman Jacoby Chappa of Aviano Air Base, Italy, Air Force Staff Sgt. Dalton Dishman of Fairchild AFB, Wash. and Army Spc. Chris Erwin of Fort Campbell, Ky to complete the men’s roster. 

DeLeon, Jeffery and Gill will make up the women’s roster, who will be looking to capture their third-straight CISM gold medal. 

Visit www.armedforcessports.defense.gov and follow us on social media for complete results of the 2019 Armed Forces Championship and for information on the Military World Games.

2019 U.S. Armed Forces Golf Team:
Men:
Capt Kyle Westmoreland, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO - USAF 
Capt Andrew Fecteau, Minot AFB, ND - USAF 
Capt Brandon Johnson, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH - USAF 
SrA Jacoby Chappa, Aviano, Italy - USAF 
SSgt Dalton Dishman, Fairchild AFB,WA - USAF 
SPC Chris Erwin, Ft Campbell, KY - Army 

Women:
2LT Melanie DeLeon, USAG Bavaria, Germany - Army
Lt Col Linda Jeffery, Maxwell AFB, AL - USAF 
LT Laurel Gill, Naval Air Station North Island, CA - Navy

2019 Armed Forces Championship Results:
Men:
1st - Capt Kyle Westmoreland, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO - USAF (271)
2nd - Capt Andrew Fecteau, Minot AFB, ND - USAF (272)
3rd - Capt Brandon Johnson, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH - USAF (273)
4th - SrA Jacoby Chappa, Aviano, Italy - USAF (277)
5th - SSgt Dalton Dishman, Fairchild AFB,WA - USAF (278)
6th - SPC Chris Erwin, Ft Campbell, KY - Army (281)
7th - PO2 Jacob Halligan, USCG Station, Lake Worth Inlet. FL - Navy* (282)
T-8th - SPC Russell Marion, JB Elmendorf-Richardson, AK - Army (287)
T-8th - 2ndLt Nicholas Brediger, Camp Lejeune, NC - USMC (287)
10th - SSgt Justin Broussard, Warner Robbins AFB, GA - USAF (288)
T-11th - SSG Ian Milne, Ft Bliss, TX - Army (289)
T-11th - PO3 Zachary Rudy, USCG Sector Delaware Bay, PA - Navy (289)
T-13th - GySgt Ryan Pippen, Camp Pendleton, CA - USMC (292)
T-13th - PO3 Turner Wegener, Naval Hospital Beaufort, SC - Navy (292)
T-13th - CSM James Prasse, JB Lewis-McChord, WA - Army (292)
16th - SSgt David Banks, Camp Pendleton, CA - USMC (295)
17th - PO1 Kenneth Leonard, Southwest Regional Maintenance Cntr - Navy* (297)
18th - CPT Benjamin Crane, Indianapolis, IN - Army (298)
T-19th - Capt Michael Cathey, Camp Pendleton, CA - USMC (299)
T-19th - CPO Adam Dodson, Coast Guard Cyber Command - Navy* (299)
21st - SSG Jonathan Shuskey, Ft Benning, GA - Army (302)
22nd - Sgt Zachary Selvig, Camp Pendleton, CA - USMC (304)
23rd - GySgt Travis Barnes, Camp Pendleton, CA - USMC (305)
24th - PO1 Joshua Jordan, NOSC, Moreno Valley, CA - Navy (315)

Women:
1st - 2LT Melanie DeLeon, USAG Bavaria, Germany - Army (294)
2nd - Lt Col Linda Jeffery, Maxwell AFB, AL - USAF (309)
3rd - LT Laurel Gill, Naval Air Station North Island, CA - Navy (315)
4th - COL Shauna Snyder, JBSA, Ft Sam Houston, TX - Army (332)
5th - LTC Sunny Mitchell, MacDill AFB, FL - Army (333)
T-6th - Maj Susan Upward, 29 Palms, CA - USMC (368)
T-6th - Col Tammy Cobb, Barksdale AFB, LA - USAF (368)
8th - GySgt Cydney Rose, Camp Pendleton, CA - USMC (383)
9th - MGySgt Carla Perez, Camp Pendleton, CA - USMC (397)
10th - 2d Lt Sarah Mouton, Tinker AFB, OK - USAF (434)