Perez named top golfer in All Army trials camp

By Sgt. Mark Erwin

Sgt. 1st Class Juan Carlos Perez, one of the top four golfers in the U.S. Army, recently placed eighth in the open category during the Armed Forces Golf Championship.

The tournament was held from Aug. 18-21 in Pensacola, Fla. Perez competed as a member of the All Army Golf Team. Prior to the tournament, he competed in the All Army Trials Camp at Fort Jackson, S.C., where he was named one of the top four golfers.

About 10 years ago, Perez finished third in the All Army and third in the Interservice Tournament(s). In 1992 he competed and won the Eighth U.S. Army Korean Championship. Perez returned to Korea in 1997 and was again named the Eighth Army Korean Champion in 1997.

Perez is no stranger to the All Army trials - hes been doing it for 10 of his 20 years of military service. His love for golf began when he was 10 years old and living in Caguas, Puerto Rico. He plans to move to Florida after retirement and pursue a career teaching golf to children and elderly people.

Stationed at HHC, 721st MI Battalion, 702d MI Group, in Fort Gordon, Ga., Perez said the most surprising thing about his accomplishment is the support from his command. During the trials at Fort Jackson, his battalion commander, Lt. Col. Robert Carr, walked every hole with him and gave him the extra confidence needed to make the All Army Team.

"I was really surprised to get so much support. In all my years I have never had my command take such an interest," said Perez.

Submitted by Sgt. Mark Erwin, GRSOC Public Affairs NCO, Fort Gordon, Ga.

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Last Updated: 14 December, 1998