6th World Military Golf Championship
The 6th World Military Golf Championship was held 14 -21 November at Windhoek Country Club in Windhoek, Namibia. The Championship was a 72-hole stroke play tournament with competition in 5 categories: men's and women's individual competition; men's and women's team competition and seniors. 16 countries were represented.
The Windhoek Country Club golf course played 7,009 yards. In advance of the Championship, the course underwent a major renovation, and the CISM tournament represented the inaugural rounds played on the greens.
An interesting aspect of the World Military Golf Championship is the wide disparity in experience levels among the participants. With consideration of this fact, a new activity was added to the activities. The practice area became a model for expression of CISM spirit with experienced players spending time at the practice area to assist less experienced players in improving their games.
As has been the case in recent years, the United States continued its dominance by winning 4 of the 5 gold medals. US Air Force Captain Linda Jeffery won her 4th consecutive gold medal in ladies' individual competition, and the United States men's and ladies' teams also won golf medals for the fourth consecutive year.
The Don Keus Challenge Cup, given each year to the team demonstrating the most outstanding performance, went for the fourth year in a row to the United States.
As is the custom the Sportsmanship Award is given to the team that best exemplifies the spirit of CISM sports. This year the award was given to Canada.
At the conclusion of play, a Cultural Day was provided by the Namibian hosts. It included a tour of Kuzikus Lodge and nature park. Participants were treated to close-up views of a wide variety of African wildlife.