Sports: Lakenheath airman takes title at Scotland golf tourney
Stars and Stripes June 13, 2007
RAF LAKENHEATH — Tech. Sgt. Bryan Broberg doesn’t consider golf his top game.
Still, the 48th Security Forces Squadron airman smoked the competition in a recent golf tournament in Scotland.
Broberg captured the overall title in the Carnoustie Country Classic Tournament, which allowed amateur golfers to play on four world-renown courses including Carnoustie, site of the British Open Championship in July.
The 32-year-old from Gering, Neb., is also a tennis instructor at Lakenheath’s Youth Center and part of the Adidas Tri-line Tennis team, he said.
In Scotland, the security manager beat out more than 110 other golfers in the four-day, 72-hole competition with a total score of 147 under the Stableford scoring system — 14 points better than the runner-up. Under the Stableford format, points are awarded for a player’s performance on each hole, with the player with the highest total at the end of the tourney declared the winner.
“It was the best week of golf in my life,” said Broberg, who competed last year and placed fifth overall. “I never played that good” over such an extended period of time.
Broberg said that now he is really looking forward to watching the British Open at Carnoustie so he can compare his score there — 5-over-par under traditional stroke play — with the pros’.
“When the British Open is played, I know there’ll be a pro that’s going to shoot more than 5 over on the course,” he said.
Broberg said he was impressed with the quality of courses in the tournament. The other three — Montrose Medal, Panmure and Monifieth Medal — are all to be used as qualifiers for the British Open.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling knowing who’s been there and played it prior to you,” he said.
Golfing in this area of Scotland has been around since the 1500s; the Carnoustie course was developed in 1850, according to its Web site, www.carnoustiegolflinks.co.uk.
While in Scotland, Broberg noticed that Scots treat the game of golf quite differently from people in the States.
“The game is respected much more and they respect the people that come up and play,” said Broberg, who added that the courses had strict dress codes and rules.
Broberg plans to move back to the States this summer as his tour draws to a close, but vowed to make an effort to return to the United Kingdom to protect his title.
“All of my intentions are on going back and defending, but it depends on my military commitment,” he said.
Staff Sgt. Jamie Lund, also from the squadron, landed some hardware as well by placing first in his handicap on day four at the Panmure course with a score of 35.