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Father/Son wrap-up

By Lorraine Thies Since 1960, fathers and sons of all ages have been teeing it up together at Antelope Hills Golf Course in cool Prescott for the AGA Father/Son Championship. Cool is great, especially if you live in Phoenix, Tucson or any other desert location where the temperature regularly breaks 100 degrees in the summer. I’m sure that was on the minds of many of the 494 fathers and sons that participated this year. To be eligible, one member of the family must be an AGA member. A father can play with up to three sons, which proves to be exhausting in some cases for the dads. This alternate shot (modified Chapman) format keeps him busy; keeping track of which son’s shot he’s currently attempting to hit can be mind-boggling. This is the 52nd year for the Father/Son Championship. Ages of the participants range from about seven to about 85 and some families have played every year since its inception. Sons who used to play with their dads have grown up, had their own sons, moved away and now come back to play as the father. What a wonderful opportunity for a family reunion! We seldom have to deal with rain in early June which is a good thing, since starting times begin on both the North and South course at 6:30 a.m. and continue until 2:30 p.m. In my 18 years with the AGA we have not had a single rain delay – knock on wood. I couldn’t imagine getting all 494 players off the golf course, let alone finding a place for all of them in the clubhouse. The tournament is open to all types of golfers. There are three different divisions: pro, handicap and callaway. Callaway is a scoring format that allows those without a handicap to compete and enjoy the experience. We break the field down into about 25 flights so everyone has a chance to come away a winner. Congratulations to this year’s overall champions Steven and Austin Quick who shot a 70-68 = 138 over the two days. Complete listing of teams and flight winners can be found at azgolf.org.