Any chance Staff Sgts. Jacob Vetter and Mike Conan, Chief Petty Officer Andrew Schmitt and Sgt. Reyn Matsuki can get together to play at Fort Belvoir’s Golf Club, they do so.
It was no surprise, then, they were all on board with forming a foursome for the Garrison 9-Hole Golf Scramble, July 30, in the first golf event at the course since it reopened. And it was no surprise they won, given how well they complement each other.
“We all know each other’s strengths and weaknesses,” Vetter said.
The scramble, which featured seven teams, took place on the back nine of the Woodlawn Course and was a chance for fun mixed in with some friendly competition. The scramble, originally scheduled for May, was delayed due to the shutdown. The scramble was open to active duty, Reservists, retirees, family members, civilians, contractors and the general public.
“It’s not a typical golf scramble, but it’s something to get out and have everyone come out for a good time,” said Col. Michael Greenberg, Garrison commander. “It showcases our facilities here.”
The team of Greenberg, John Moeller, deputy to the garrison commander; Fritz Diekmann, head golf pro at Belvoir; and Mike Lauler, former senior club champion, took second.
Vetter, Conan, Schmitt and Matsuki found a rhythm from the start, and only had one off-hole in a competition where you advance through each hole, based on the group’s best-hit ball. When they finished, the four felt they had a good chance of winning overall. Vetter also won the long drive contest with a tee shot of 290 to 300 yards on the 16th hole.
Vetter, Conan and Schmitt have been playing together for at least two years before Matsuki recently joined the group. They and Matsuki all got connected by either living near each other or through their wives, and as one of them said, “went from being acquaintances to friends, real fast.”
That clearly carries over to golf as well.