Staff SGT Donald Wayne West, Jr., enlisted in the United States Army National Guard on September 11, 2001. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Company A of the 150th Combat Engineers served active duty Aug 29, 2004, until Dec 30, 2005. SSGT West returned to college in January, 2006. He married Lauren Ritchie June 9, 2006, at Seaside, Fla., and they have three children. SSGT West completed military service at Camp Minden, LA on Aug 23, 2009.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Day 198 - Golf Heaven

Friends and family in Louisiana enjoyed reading Friday’s newspaper account of the shoes collected for Iraqi children in a drive organized by Wayne’s aunt Janet Moore.

Meanwhile, back on this side of the ocean, Myron and I spent the day at
World Golf Village in north St. Augustine. Despite a short rain delay, the round of golf at Slammer & Squire proved to be resort player friendly, according to Myron.

"Great greens,” he elaborated. “Considering the heat of August, these greens were probably in better shape than any we’ve played all week. Water features were prominent, but not particularly hazardous.”

The highlight of Friday afternoon was Myron’s high tech private golf lesson with Todd Jones at the PGA Golf Academy. A few pointers about grip and stance helped to make some noticeable improvements on the course today.

While Myron chipped and putted at the King & Bear course, I slipped into dreamland at Spa Laterra--an architectural masterpiece of elegance and serenity.

Tucked away in a quiet area off the main complex, Laterra Resort blends mediterranean elegance with casual comfort. Just past the courtyard, a lush grassy knoll beckons guests to the pool area, banked in back by an infinity pool lipping into a lazy Florida inlet. My first thought was 'what a great spot for an intimate wedding.'General Manager Michael Austin assured us he already has several fall ceremonies on the books.

Inside, a beautifully appointed spa welcomes guests to a peaceful place for relaxation and rejuvenation.

We opted for casual fun at dinner last night. Bill Murray’s Caddy Shack offers a lively environment with hefty burgers and pulled pork sandwiches.

This morning, we moved to the Marriott Sawgrass at Ponte Vedra. Time for spa appointments. More later.