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Photos: LAC Bill
February 2, 2012
WHEN SGT Rod Smylie joins an ADF
team on an expected tour in New
Zealand in April, it will not be his first
outing on a golf course overseas.
Although he has not been to the
Land of the Long White Bunkers
before, in the past two years he has
taken advantage of R&R on a number
of his deployments.
Thus, he can count games in Las
Vegas, Thailand and Hawaii among his
In December, SGT Smylie, of
81WG, became the Air Force singles
champion and finished in the top 10
from 136 players who competed in the
ADF championships at Federal Golf
Club in Canberra.
"I was pretty happy with my
result," SGT Smylie said.
"I enjoyed the week staying with
my mates in Kingston."
Army's CPL Trent Fortescue won
the ADF title but Air Force players
made a big impact.
The New Zealand tour is not
locked and loaded yet.
The ADF Golf Association (ADFGA)
has received an invitation to compete in
the New Zealand Defence Force Inter-
service Golf Series in the Manawatu
Region from April 21 to 29.
But ADFGA tournament director
WGCDR Trevor Owens is still work-
ing through the funding and approval
If everything goes to plan, join-
ing SGT Smylie on the tour will
be FLTLT Sam Harkiss and CPL
Brendan Creek who finished locked
three strokes behind him at the
titles in Canberra.
WOFF John King got the ball
rolling, literally, on day one when
he scored a hole in one on the 16th
hole. It was only the third hole in one
in the event's 27-year history.
And it was WOFF King's first in 34
years of playing golf.
"Not very impressive when you
consider that you are aiming for that
hole on every par three every time,"
WOFF King said. "That's an awful lot
of attempts before finally bagging it."
Continued Page 27
Leaving a stamp on ADF golf titles
LOOK AT THAT: Above, CPL Brendan
Creek follows his putt.
ALL SMILES: Left, SGT Rod Smylie
looks well satisified with this shot.
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