Armor and Infantry tee it up for Battle of the Barrel

By Gerald Williams, Bayonet & Saber /

The Armor and Infantry schools will compete shot-for-shot July 30 in the Battle of the Barrel at 10 a.m. on the Fort Benning Patton and Bradley golf courses.

According to George Cliff, organizer for the Battle of the Barrel event, a projected 18 teams of two will play a two-man best ball with two players from the opposing school. Any Infantry or Armor school Soldier can play.

“Civilians who are employed at either the Infantry or Armor School can play as well, but only those mentioned can play. We want this to be a private event for our Infantry and Armor school Soldiers,” he said.

According to Cliff, the entry fee is $40 per person and includes a golf cart, green fees, range balls, prizes and snacks after the event. The winning school will receive the customized Jack Daniel’s Barrel for bragging rights until the next Battle of the Barrel is played.

“The two lowest team scores of the winning school will win prizes as well,” said Cliff. “Special prizes for the longest drives and closest to the hole will also be provided.”

Cliff added that players choose their own partners and that all entries must be made and paid at the Fort Benning Golf Course by 1 p.m. July 29.
The three best team scores from the Infantry School and the three best scores from the Armor School will determine the Jack Daniel’s “Battle of the Barrel” champion.

While all Armor and Infantry School students are welcome to compete, Cliff stated that they should consider the difficulty before registering.

“This event is not designed for the beginner golfer. Those who come out should be ready to compete to win.”

For more information on the Battle of the Barrel event, contact George Cliff at 706-545-0397.

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