The annual Chili Bowl Classic Golf Scramble kicked off Saturday at the Courses of Clear Creek Saturday, with 54 golfers participating.

The winning team consisted of Command Sgt. Maj. Cliff Burgoyne, command sergeant major of III Corps and Fort Hood, retiree Rusty Lippert, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jesse Rhymes, 11th Military Police Detachment, Criminal Investigation Command and Shaniqua Valentine with a score of 53.

The Chili Bowl Classic is the way the Courses of Clear Creek kick off the new year and Chuck McPhilomy, assistant manager of the Courses of Clear Creek, was excited to welcome everyone back.

“It was great to get them out here,” McPhilomy said. “The weather, for January, was really good. It could have been at lot worse. We were overcast, but the temperature wasn’t that low and the wind wasn’t that hard, but that’s why we call it the Chili Bowl because they expect it to be chilly. And, in addition, we have a chili themed lunch for them when they get done. Everything’s got some type of chilly. It’s a good way to start off the year fresh.”

One team in the four-person scramble were retirees, Grady Purdue, Tommy Purdue, Lance Maeda and civilian James Purdue.

Grady’s passion for golf, which began when he was young, rubbed off on his two sons Tommy and James. They participated in the Chili Bowl Classic to spend time together doing something they all love.

“We like to play golf together, me, my dad and my brother – just a little family camaraderie,” James said.

When asked what his favorite part about golfing was Grady wasted no time responding.

“Beating them (his sons),” he said laughing. “No, just being together, you get that uninterrupted time with them.”

Tommy enjoys playing golf with his father and brother and making up for lost time.

“Being in the military, sometimes you’re away from family and stuff, but now that I’m out playing with them on a weekly basis or monthly basis it’s great,” Tommy said.

He had no hesitation saying he would definitely play the best out of the team.

“Who’s going to have the best shot? Definitely me,” he said.

Though Maeda isn’t related to the Purdues, one wouldn’t be able to tell just by looking. He fits right in with the group and was just as excited to participate in the scramble as they were.

“There are so many different things,” he said when asked about his favorite part of golfing. “I think it’s relaxing. But it’s a good game just to relax as long as you don’t take it too seriously.”

The Courses of Clear Creek with be hosting a Phantom Warrior Scramble beginning at noon tomorrow. For more information visit the Fort Hood Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation at https://hood.armymwr.com/calendar/event/phantom-warrior-scramble/4883022/55171.