The Father-Son and Mother-Daughter golf tournaments, both sponsored by the Brandon Sun, are just over a week away and looking for a few more entries.
Both events are set for Sunday, Sept. 7, with the 18-hole Brandon Sun/Precision Toyota Father-Son Tournament moving from the Wheat City Golf Course to the Shilo Country Club because of the flood damage at the Wheat City. Meanwhile, the Brandon Sun/ Taurus Golf mother-daughter nine-hole event will take place at Northern Pines.
The tournaments are an excellent opportunity for parents to spend valuable time with their children while playing as teammates with the alternate shot format.
Glen Parker, one of the organizers of the father-son tournament, has played in 27 of the last 28 years and has played with both his sons and grandsons. He loves watching the parents bond with their kids.
“This one is five hours of just son and dad,” he said. “You can chat about whatever you need to chat about and lament about your poor shots and celebrate the good ones. I think every dad is proud to see his kids hitting good.”
These tournaments create memories that will last a lifetime, and it’s not just parents that have to play with their kids. Everyone from grandmothers to aunts to friends have played with kids in the mother-daughter event, especially if parents have more than one child.
That led to one of the more memorable moments for mother-daughter organizer Marlene Fitzsimmons at last year’s event.
“We did an evaluation last year and it was really quite cute,” she said. “One of young girls said something to the effect that grandma sure can’t putt. Some of the evaluations come back cute.
“I think this year the youngest is about six and we have had them younger than that. It’s an opportunity and some of those kids will continue to come back.”
While the mother-daughter event focuses on junior-aged girls, the father-son event has no age limit. That makes it an event dads can play with their sons for the rest their lives.
“It’s kind of fun times just to see kids and their dads spend time together,” Parker said. “It never goes away. We’ve had 55-year-old sons playing with their dads, and that’s pretty special too.”
To register for the father-son event, contact Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org or Shawn Baker at 204-725-1958. For the monther-daughter tournament, Fitzsimmons can be reached at email@example.com.
CHIP SHOTS: Deer Ridge is hosting the Samaritan House Four Person Scramble on Friday … Neepawa’s Rose Bowl men’s match play event runs from Saturday to Monday. The cost is $90. Its Women’s Fall Classic (two-women net par points) follows on Sept. 6. Cost is $45 …Souris is hosting a Labour Day Tournament from Saturday to Monday … MacGregor is hosting its Mixed Senior Tournament on Wednesday … Deer Ridge’s Men’s Open will take place on Sept. 7 … Killarney’s Senior Ladies’ Fall Open will be held on Sept. 11.