By Angel MedFlight Contributor
With the U.S. Open Championship just over a month away, Angel MedFlight’s golfers were out last weekend tuning up their game. Okay, so they won’t be headed to one of the four majors anytime soon but the Arizona Business Aviation Association’s Annual Golf Benefit was great way for Angel MedFlight to support the industry as well as networking with those in business aviation.
Proceeds from the event support a scholarship program for students enrolled in business aviation-oriented degree programs. And Angel MedFlight’s participation in the tournament helped fund future AZBAA scholarships.
Jackie Martinez from our business development team played in the round and said the day was not only great for networking but also provided the chance for Angel MedFlight staff members from different departments to get to know each other better. “It truly helped to build camaraderie amongst our staff, ” said Martinez.
Martinez sits on the AZBAA’s golf and scholarship committees. And with her help, the AZBAA received more applicants this Spring than in many years past. The association awarded a total of six scholarships totaling $22,000.
The event was held at the gorgeous Phoenician Golf Resort in Scottsdale and Angel MedFlight players didn’t disappoint. For the second straight year, we picked up the women’s longest drive award. Martinez took the honor this year.
Chris Montgomery is the CEO of Travel Assurance Promise, a membership-based program offering medically necessary transport to travelers far from home. He captained one of the two Angel MedFlight teams and says his players started out slowly but they “picked it up pretty quick.” The tournament was played under the scramble format where each player on the four-person team hits a shot and the best one is played. And in Saturday’s event, the worst any given team could get on a hole was par.
One of the more memorable Angel MedFlight shots of the day came on one of the best holes at the Phoenician. It’s about 140 yards to the green off an elevated tee off the mountain. Angel MedFlight graphics designer Cooper Bolton grabbed a 6-iron out of the bag, and lofted a perfect shot — the ball bouncing off a rock about 100 feet below and on to the green.
Great shot on great day and it was all for a great cause.
While it may be time for our golfers to head back to the practice range, Angel MedFlight’s air ambulance service is of championship caliber and is second to none.