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A golfer warms up on the driving range before the start of the Diplomatic Security Foundation Charity Golf Outing at The Golf Club at Lansdowne, Leesburg, VA, June 3, 2019. (U.S. Department of State photo)

The 29th annual Diplomatic Security Foundation  (DSF) Mike Considine Charity Golf Outing at The Golf Club at Lansdowne was a resounding success, raising more than $225,000 from 100 corporate sponsors.

DSF will use the funds to provide grants or scholarships in support of those who work for or with the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), as well as others in the law enforcement and U.S. foreign affairs communities during times of crisis.

“We had a beautiful day and a great group of golfers playing with the knowledge that their donations are going to support Diplomatic Security Foundation efforts to assist folks in the DS family who may have no other alternative when disaster strikes,” said DSF President Greg Starr.

More than 300 golfers played in this year’s event including current and former DS special agents, other members of the law enforcement community, and corporations and contractors supporting DS and/or the Department of State.

“A gorgeous venue, lovely weather and fun times, but I left a lot of strokes out on the course, even with mulligans,” said Wendy Bashnan, Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Training.  Despite her tough self-evaluation, DAS Bashnan sunk a beautiful putt on the 11th hole.

DAS Bashnan fist bumps a fellow golfer after sinking a long putt. (U.S. Department of State photo)

“It was a spectacular day, I had a lot of fun, and it goes to a great cause,” said DS Director Todd Brown. “I am honored to take over the directorship and I could not think of a better way to spend my first day at work and look forward to working with many of you,” Brown told golfers at the post-event lunch.


Regardless of whether golfers were hitting long drives on the front nine, working their short games on the back nine, or slicing golf balls into oblivion, fun was had by all supporting the DS family through the DSF charity golf outing.

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