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Feb

ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: Jon Haase, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

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b2ap3_thumbnail_spotlight-jonhaas-1.jpg“Pinch me” is what Jon Haase will say if you ask about his experience with former World Police and Fire Games. “I was lucky enough to be paired with one of the best officers I've ever met AND came away with the ultimate prize!” Jon says when I asked him to describe his golf partner, Retired Officer Pete Lucas.

Jon has competed in FOUR World Police & Fire Games: Adelaide, Vancouver B.C., NYC and Belfast, as well as the 2008, 2012 and 2014 U.S. Police and Fire Games.  Jon was quick to mention that the most notable aspect of the Games involves the camaraderie of the athletes, the welcoming nature of the local residents and the competition. He still maintains his relationships with Police and Fire members from Finland, Australia, China, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Malaysia and Germany (not to mention the brotherhood of US team members he frequently travels to see during off years). He says “I would never have imagined the level of life enrichment I have experienced had I not seized this opportunity.”

Jon’s first love was not golf, however. Baseball occupied his life as a child and he even attended college on a full ride scholarship for the sport. After several injuries, his dream of playing in the major leagues was no longer possible, and while searching for a replacement sport, golf found its way to him. In the first ten years of golfing, he realized that his competitive streak was back and he began playing in tournaments. Lowering his handicap from 12 to 4, he states “Golf’s true challenge is competing within yourself, not playing against those in the same tournament. When I solely focus on my mechanics and not the score, I can invest myself in enjoying my playing partners while also performing at peak efficiency. A win-win situation!”

Jon is a 24 yr veteran of the Multnomah County Sherriff’s Office, assigned to the Corrections Division and currently a Sergeant, overseeing a staff of 12 to 40 Deputies as they provide a safe and secure environment for our clients.

b2ap3_thumbnail_spotlight-jonhaas-2.jpgJon is no stranger to service, above and beyond his job duties, including overseeing the Sherriff’s Office Honor Guard, managing the Peer Support Team, as well as serving on numerous committees for the betterment of facilities. “Being granted the opportunity to work with and evaluate new recruits is what I am most proud of.  The opportunity to regularly see this career through new eyes, witness their “ah-ha” moments and help them navigate through difficult learning lessons keeps me invigorated.  To know that I have been given the opportunity to pay my blessings forward and make a difference in a person’s development has become my absolute focus and will be how I measure my success here.”

When asked to share a struggle he’s overcome, Jon shared that after ten years of his career, he had begun relying on alcohol to alleviate job related stress. Realizing the toll it was taking on himself and the effects his family was also feeling, he committed himself to the gym a minimum of three times per week and completely stopped consuming any alcohol.  “With the help of several important people in my life I was able to implement and maintain these lifestyle changes.  I am happy to say that 14 years later I am still a gym rat and alcohol free.”

You won’t just find Jon in the gym, at work or on the golf course! He uses every possible minute of each day to the fullest and is an avid fisherman and owner of two boats, who also loves to camp and hike AND enjoys working in his yard! We like this motto: “I firmly believe that the fun one has while outdoors is directly proportional to the number of people you are participating with!”

Jon is consistently looking for ways to improve the lives of those around him and is giving back to others in an effort to pay forward the mentorship he himself was given throughout his life. We will be glad to welcome Jon and his family to Fairfax County for the Games!

On Jon’s MUST SEE list for Fairfax County and the DC Metro area: Most excited to see all of his World Police and Fire brothers and sisters! Jon hasn’t been in the area for over 18 years and is looking forward to experiencing the sites with his family.

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Nov

VENUE SPOTLIGHT: The Three Feature Courses for Golf

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b2ap3_thumbnail_golf-laurelhill.jpgLaurel Hill Golf Club – You may be surprised to learn that Laurel Hill’s majestic landscape was once the site of Lorton Prison/Reformatory for much of the 20th century. Golfers can still see the prison guard towers and dormitories from the 11th tee.

Designed by course architect Bill Love, Laurel Hill is a true test for accomplished golfers as well as the many amateurs that play here on a regular basis. Laurel Hill successfully hosted the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in July, 2013.

Love’s overall design objective for Laurel Hill was to respect the existing features and let its natural beauty dictate the character and challenge of the course. By all accounts he succeeded as the golf media continue to describe the course with accolades like “one of a kind,” “visually stunning,” and “five star resort.” Laurel Hill is a 7010 yard par 71 course.

 

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Lansdowne Resort – A golf experience unlike any other in the Washington, DC area awaits you at Lansdowne Resort. The golf club at Lansdowne offers 45 holes of golf designed by world-renowned architects Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and Greg Norman.

Our rounds will be played at the Robert Trent Jones II Course. Robert Trent Jones showcases his master design touch across the Virginia countryside incorporating fields, woodlands, natural stone outcroppings and centuries’ old rock walls. While friendly, the strategic layout will test the skills of both the accomplished and novice golfer.

This par 72, 7063 yard course promises to be a memorable round every time.

 

 

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_golf-evergreen.jpgEvergreen Country Club – This 18-hole par 72 golf course was completed in 1968 and matured into one of the most popular in the area. This course measures 7096 yards from the championship tees and provides a challenging and enjoyable round for golfers of all levels. Greens and tees are bent grass while the fairways are comprised of Bermuda grass.

Evergreen Country Club, designed by Algie Pulley, has a layout which features water on 6 of the 18 holes. The very unique figure eight style golf course ensures that there are no parallel fairways. It also offers a cohesive environment where a golfer becomes one with nature. Some of the prestigious golf tournaments previously and currently held at Evergreen Country Club include, Virginia State Open Championship, USGA U.S. Amateur Qualifier, and a multitude of charity events. A new state of the art multi-row irrigation system and continuous concrete cart paths were added recently.

 

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