Although today he mainly plays in golf tournaments, William Begel boasts a long career as an amateur athlete and professional fitness instructor. For more than two decades, he filled various positions as Physical Fitness Specialist and Director of sports programs in the U.S. Army, starting at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1976. After two years at Walter Reed, William Begel received a promotion to Director of Physical Fitness and Sports at Arlington Hall Station, then the headquarters of Army Intelligence and Security Command. In 1980, he became a Sports Specialist in the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command at Army Headquarters in Alexandria, which included administration of the training camps for U.S. Army competitors in the Olympics.
William Begel increased his interest in golf in 1982 when he transferred to Army Headquarters’ Golf Program as its Director. For the next five years, Mr. Begel supervised more than 100 golf clubs owned by the Army across the globe. He subsequently served two-year stints administering the Army’s Flying and Parachute Clubs, then the Recreation and Sports Facilities. Receiving a promotion, William Begel filled the post of Deputy Director of the Armed Forces Sports Program from 1990 to 1993 at the Department of Defense. His responsibilities included acting as liaison between foreign embassies and State Department officials to coordinate Army athletes participating in the Olympics and Pan American games. He became Director of the program for six years and served as Secretariat to the Armed Forces Sports Council.
A football, basketball, and baseball player while in school, William Begel has concentrated on his golf game in recent years. In 2010, he and his partners finished second in the Allendale Country Club tournament, and fourth in the couples tournament at Andrews Air Force Base. William Begel also played in the Congressional Golf Tournament to raise funds for Military Wounded Warriors at Andrews AFB.
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