Sailors Volunteer at Annual NKF Golf Classic Championship

Story Number: NNS120125-03Release Date: 1/25/2012 4:00:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Nathan L. Guimont, Center for Information Dominance Monterey Public Affairs

MONTEREY, Calif. (NNS) -- Information Dominance Unit Monterey (CIDUM) Sailors participated in the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Golf Classic Championship in Monterey, Calif., Jan. 13-15.

David Rexroad, NKF vice president for Events Management, said the golf program raised more than $3.5 million this year, and the success of the Golf Classic Championship would not have been possible without Sailor volunteers.

"The Sailors here have been outstanding," said Rexroad. "As the players were finishing their rounds, I received numerous comments of appreciation for their Sailor and the outstanding job they did keeping score."

Each year NKF hosts local amateur tournaments across the nation that offer a chance for the top two to three teams to be invited to participate in the Golf Classic Championship. This year's tournament took place at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Links at Spanish Bay, and Del Monte Golf Course with four-man teams rotating rounds through the three courses. More than 65 Sailors volunteered each day to act as scorekeepers.

Seaman Addison Zarnow, a native of Denver, Colo., is a golf enthusiast who had never been to the Pebble Beach Golf Links and was the scorekeeper for a team from Dallas, Texas, on the last day of the tournament.

"This experience has been nothing short of amazing," said Zarnow. "I have wanted to see the course at Pebble Beach for years. The players were very inviting, and they treated me like I was one of their teammates ... that was an awesome feeling."

Scott Price, a tournament participant, said he felt motivated to do better on every hole because of the tremendous attitude and poise demonstrated by Zarnow.

"Our scorekeeper [Zarnow] is the best out here," said Price. "He's been very polite, honest, helpful, accurate and keeping us on our toes. He's been motivating us to do better than we are."

Price said he was proud of the Sailors for doing something for NKF on top of serving their country.

"It's nice to see we have young people who not only have a passion for golf, but also have a passion for volunteering and want to help their local community," said Price.

Seaman Kimberly Morgan, from Lakewood, N.J., was paired up with a group from Columbia, S.C. She said one of the best things about being with them was the fact they were all from the east coast.

"One of my favorite moments was (when) the group I was with wanted to hit a ball into the Pacific (Ocean) because they are from the east coast, and it was something they had always wanted to do. Being from the east coast myself, I can relate.

"I've had a blast with the group I was with," said Morgan. "This experience has given me a new appreciation for the game of golf."

Mark Upchurch, from San Diego, Calif., has been coming to the NKF Golf Classic Championship for the past 12 years.

"Our experience here has been great," said Upchurch. "Kendall, our scorekeeper, is the best scorekeeper we've ever had since participating in this tournament; he's a good dude. We really like the fact that the Sailors from the Defense Language Institute come out every year and show their support for the NKF. We think that's a great thing."

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