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Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 1:46 pm

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT) has many talented military and civilian personnel. Some even have talents and skills which result in unique opportunities.

Recently, one of NCTAMS LANT's Sailors, Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Brittni Darbonnier, who works in Operations Department, applied for, was accepted and made it to the Top-3 for the All-Navy Golf Team. Not only did Darbonnier, along with her teammates Lt. Nicole Johnson, Central Valley, Calif. and Cmdr. Jackie McClelland, Alexandria, Va., qualify and participate on the All-Navy Golf Team, but they took home the Gold Medal for the U.S. Navy competing against U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force teams.

Darbonnier, a native of Longwood, Fla., started playing golf when she was in high school. When asked how she got interested in playing golf, she said, "My father, Maurice Darbonnier was my inspiration."

Darbonnier received a golf scholarship to Northwood University, West Palm Beach, Fla. where she participated on a Women's Golf Team from 2004 to 2008. She joined the U.S. Navy in 2009.

Darbonnier heard about the opportunity to join the All-Navy Golf Team from her golf pro, Tom Dozier, at Sewell's Point Golf Course in Norfolk. Tryouts were held in Kings Bay, Ga., in early September. With only one day for practice, the competition began over a four-day period, playing 18 holes each day. At the end, Darbonnier had made it to the Top-3.

On to Fort Jackson, S.C., Darbonnier, her team and their golf coach, Bill "Goose" Munguia, went for the championship game.

"The days were very long, it was a very challenging course but everyone put in an amazing effort," said Darbonnier.

Each team was given one practice round and then on to four rounds of 18 holes each day. At the end, Darbonnier and her team won the Gold Medal for the U.S. Navy's Women's Golf Team.

"It was an incredible feeling to win the Gold Medal" said Darbonnier. "I was extremely grateful to have such great teammates to share the experience with."

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