HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Brittany Lincicome launched her first tee shot about 275 yards through the air Monday morning at Hill Air Force Base’s Hubbard Memorial Golf Course, but that launch pales in comparison to what she’ll do today.
The 27-year-old LPGA Tour professional played in Hill’s annual Commander’s Cup golf tournament Monday.
Today, as the base’s way of saying thanks for playing in the fundraising tournament and conducting a free clinic, Lincicome will ride in the rear cockpit of one of the 388th Fighter Wing’s F-16s.
“I can’t wait,” Lincicome said of her F-16 flight. “I’ve been asking everybody I see for advice on how to keep from getting sick.”
Lincicome is not the first professional to play in the tournament.
PGA pros, including Tom Watson, Mike Weir and Johnny Miller, have competed in the cup in past years, but Lincicome is the first on the women’s side.
Hubbard golf professional Tony Angelico met Lincicome last year at a PGA merchandise show in Lincicome’s home state of Florida.
“I met her and mentioned the tournament, but we weren’t sure if her schedule would be open. But she was free and decided to come out,” Angelico said.
“We’re thrilled to have her here. She’s a pretty big name in women’s golf.”
Proceeds from the Commander’s Cup go to the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah.
The mission of the foundation is to provide capital support for the Hill Aerospace Museum for facility improvement and expansion, aircraft acquisition and restoration, and education projects.
The foundation essentially provides resources for projects the U.S. Air Force is unable to fund.
The tournament helps keep the museum viable, said retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Kevin J. Sullivan, Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah board member.
“Typically, this tournament will raise $14,000 to $15,000 for the foundation,” he said. “It’s one of the largest sources of undesignated money the museum gets every year.”
Information about the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah can be found at www.ahfu.org.