Retired and active-duty Marines, along with civilians, participated in the 9th Annual Carolina Museum of the Marine Golf Classic on June 14 at the Jacksonville Country Club. The four-man captain’s choice best ball tournament benefited the Carolina Museum of the Marine, a Jacksonville-based non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Marines and Sailors who have served in the Carolinas since 1941. The museum has been designed and planned to be located in the Lejeune Memorial Gardens.

The tournament’s winners shot a 20-under par 52. Ron Himsworth, Dan Himsworth, Tom Desantis and Rich Peters made up the winning team. The second place team shot an 18-under par round of 54. Stan Walker, Bob Roche, Tim Haney and Scott Johnson were the runners up. Taking third place with a 17-under par score of 55 were Fred Phelps, Chuck Collins, David Dillingham and Richard Jefferson.

The Carolina Museum of the Marine was founded in 2000 and spearheaded by retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Ray Smith, a former Camp Lejeune commanding general and one of the most decorated Marines to serve in the Vietnam War.

“[Smith] and his wife had felt for a long time that we needed to have a museum that celebrated the many firsts of the Carolina Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF),” said retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Bruce Gombar, a museum board member.

The museum also honors the people of the communities who sacrificed in the creation of the Carolina MAGTF and commemorates many of the historical firsts associated with the MAGTF such as the development of the V-22 Osprey and other war fighting theory and practice that were born here.

“One percent of our country serves in the military or has any direct familial involvement in the military,” said retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Jay Sollis, chairman of the board at the Carolina Museum of the Marine. “World War II was a universal experience. [Our museum is] not a celebration of the military so much as it is a celebration of self-sacrifice, service and [those] core values.”

To learn more about the Carolina Museum of the Marine, visit www.museumofthemarine.org.

Tournament Results:

1st, 52, (-20): Ron Himsworth, Dan Himsworth, Tom Desantis, Rich Peters

2nd, 54, (-18): Stan Walker, Bob Roche, Tim Haney, Scott Johnson

3rd, 55, (-17): Fred Phelps, Chuck Collins, David Dillingham, Richard Jefferson