Crosby Golf Club and its members hosted Military Appreciation Day on November 12th after the event had to be canceled in 2020. Sixty service members, mostly Marines and Navy but also Army and Coast Guard participants, worked with members to enjoy a rewarding day of golf and camaraderie. This was the 16th year The Crosby sponsored the event and it was by all means the most attended and successful.
Military Appreciation Committee Chairman Paul Lebidine, a retired Marine general, has a special interest in the success of the event, saying, “Hosting the golf tournament was an opportunity for the Crosby Club and its members to do more than just say ‘thank you’ say ‘to our active service members [by providing] a special day for them that they will not soon forget. “
After a rousing national anthem, opening speeches and photo opportunities, four of the players made up of two military personnel and two members started a great day in scramble format with exceptional November weather. Bronson Jacoway, committee member and initiator of the event 15 years ago and a former naval officer himself, said, “I heard many members of the military tell me how impressed and grateful they were for the warm hospitality of the Crosby members.”
Jacoby was recognized at the event for his commitment and contributions over the years and was presented with a patriotic eagle statue.
As in the past, Crosby members and the club provided funding for the event, which includes ball caps as a memento of the event and camouflage golf towels, a burrito breakfast, and a barbecue lunch. Jason Brustad, The Crosby Board Member and Golf Director, said, “Our annual Military Recognition Day is always one of the most treasured events held by our members and enjoyed by the military who attend the day. The opportunity to share our club and show our appreciation directly to all those who serve our country is a special honor and one of the absolute highlights of the year here at Crosby. “
All participating military and members will receive Crosby Challenge coins specially minted for the event. The coins, provided by committee members Jeff Byroads and Peter Shapiro, are typically given out these days as a token of appreciation for a job well done, especially those serving on a military operation, and also to signify that a person is a member of a special unit. The tournament also recognized Gold Star parents who attended the event.
The two best teams received awards with red or blue tinted glass bowls. There were also special prizes for various events and special recognition for the youngest members of the event.
The Crosby is located at 17102 Bing Crosby Blvd. Please visit thecrosbyclub.com for more information.
Photos by Jon Clark