Tiny outpost in Iraq gets its golf clubs

BAGHDAD — The soldiers serving at Joint Security Station Aqur Quf had a problem: They had a hitting mat and tens of thousands of golf balls, but only two clubs.

Thanks to the kindness of News Tribune readers, that's not a problem anymore.

The donors are people such as Zoeanne Hondle of Tacoma, who sent numerous clubs and a hard-top bag. Vic Peterson of Tacoma shipped clubs including a Callaway Big Bertha, plus a note saying his distance record with the driver was 325 yards.

The newspaper ran a story Dec. 23 about the small outpost in western Baghdad province where soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord take a break from the grind of their yearlong deployment by teeing off from the roof of the motor pool building.

But these Stryker soldiers from the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division had only two clubs, and both were woefully short.

Dozens of readers responded and shipped sets of clubs – old ones, new ones, cheap ones and expensive ones. They did it at their own expense so the soldiers could take golf swings in style.

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