VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) — The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) hosted the 8th annual Tembe Carrier Classic Golf Tournament Oct. 18.
Sailors from George Washington, as well as Sailors from the Ford-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) participated in the tournament.
The first Carrier Classic Golf Tournament was scheduled for Nov. 11, 2011. Three days earlier, Capt. Tushar Tembe, commanding officer of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), suffered a heart attack on Truman’s brow. As an avid golfer, the tournament was renamed in his honor.
At the opening ceremony, Capt. Glenn Jamison, commanding officer of George Washington, and Capt. J.B. Theriault, the supply officer aboard the Truman at the time of Tembe’s death, spoke about what the tournament means to them.
“This is a phenomenal event that has grown each and every year,” said Jamison. “It’s truly inspirational to get all these crews together.”
“The morning [Tembe] died, I was supposed to meet with him,” said Theriault. “We had a brass plate made by engineering to put on the cup, but we didn’t know what to name the trophy…Tembe Cup. There it was…I look forward to everyone having a wonderful time, as Tembe wanted.”
Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Jeremy Zulz, PM13 leading chief petty officer aboard the George Washington, said that he played to have a good time with his shipmates.
“I played to enjoy the day golfing with my team, and hopefully have a good chance of winning it all,” said Zulz.
Awards were given to the top three teams from each of the two courses, as well as the longest drive and closest to the pin. Despite experienced and inexperienced teams and players, it was the overall teamwork of each ship’s crew that led to the victor claiming the trophy.
USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) took home the cup with a score of 352 points. USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) took second place with 359 points and USS George Washington came in third with 361 points. The Norfolk-based carriers plan to come together next year for the 9th annual tournament.