By: David M. Higgins II

NAS Pax River- On July 23-25, 2019 the Cedar Point Golf Course hosted the 58th Annual Women’s Military Dependents Golf Tournament. The tournament was restricted to amateur golfers, female at birth, and adult dependents at least 18 years of age of active duty, retired, reserve component, or deceased service personnel of the five U.S. armed forces with a valid military dependent’s ID card.

The field will be limited to the 120 applicants with the lowest handicaps who return their entries no later than June 8.

In 1962 under the leadership of Zada Schriever, wife of Gerhard Schriever, USAF Ret, the first MDCGT was held at Andrews AFB, Maryland. 

The first tournament in 1962 was a 36 hole event and attracted 146 golfers. It quickly grew to a 54 hole event with a field of 160 golfers and has rotated among the five services at different military installations across the United States, from Hicham Air Force Base, HI in 2007 to Camp Lejeune, NC in 1993. The 50th-anniversary tournament returned to Andrews Air Force Base MD in 2011.

This occasion was recognized by General Norton A. Swartz, Chief of Staff, United States Air Force in his welcome letter to the participants: “The Women’s Military Dependent’s Golf Championship is special because it recognizes you- the women who support our Armed Forces. Through your hard work and long hours in keeping the home front solid- often while your loved one is far away-you directly contribute to our military effectiveness. On behalf of a grateful Air Force family, my wife Suzie and I wish you the very best for a thoroughly enjoyable event”.

When possible a woman golfer of the host course coordinates the event.

These individual tournament directors make up the WMDCGT Board of Directors and at the annual meeting make plans for future sites, determine any changes or additions that are required to tournament rules, procedures and conduct of play.

In 1992, Zada retired as the national director and Mrs. Sis Hoodecheck took over. Twelve years later (2004) Sis retired and Mrs. Jo Burger held the reins until 2013 when she handed them over to Mrs. Joan Waldrop.

All images courtesy of NAS Pax River via Facebook

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...