Traditionally, there has always been a natural competition between parents and children.
Parents often want to see their kids excel, but sometimes are hesitant to give up power. Children, meanwhile, want to prove they can be better than their parents.
On Sept. 8, that competition will be put aside as they can team up in the Brandon Sun’s father-son and mother-daughter golf tournaments. The father-son tournament is an 18-hole alternate shot event, while the mother-daughter tournament is a nine-hole alternate shot event.
It’s a unique format for kids to play with their parents, and it brings some different aspects to a relationship, as father-son organizer Glen Parker can attest.
“Humour. Humility,” said Parker, who has competed in the event with his children. “For an adult, it’s kind of neat in two regards I find. One is you play from spots you haven’t played from maybe ever, so the course becomes totally different. Spending time with your son as a team is huge.
“Often when your kids play, they want to compete and compare themselves to Dad, but in this instance, they’re a team with Dad and it’s kind of a different feeling. It’s hard to say who enjoys it more, the kids or the dads, and I don’t think it matters to be honest.”
While the father-son event is running at the Wheat City Golf Course, the mother-daughter event will be going on at Northern Pines.
The event hasn’t been nearly as popular as the father-son over the years, but Marlene Fitzsimmons thinks it’s a great chance for moms and daughters to hit the course, especially if they don’t normally get to play a round.
“A lot of the moms don’t golf because it’s a time-consuming sport,” she said. “People say ‘When I have little kids it’s hard to get away for four or five hours.’ We have (the tournament) on the same day as the father-son so virtually the whole family can be out.
“Being at Northern Pines, it’s only nine holes and they can walk it. That’s the other piece, is trying to get the physical exercise in and it’s a healthy sport.”
Both events are filling up fast, and the father-son has been full for a number of years. To register for the father-son event, which costs $80, call Shawn at 204-725-1958 or email Parker at email@example.com.
The mother-daughter event costs $25. Email Marlene at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
INTERCLUB: The men’s provincial interclub championship will be held at the Southwood Golf and Country Club on Tuesday. The Shilo Country Club is sending representatives to compete in the one-day event.
CHIP SHOTS: The final regular-season stop on the Desjardins Financial Golf Tour is Sunday at the Wheat City Golf Course. The top 25 points leaders will then advance to the playoffs, which starts on Sept. 7-8 at Pleasant Valley … Neepawa hosts its Rosebowl men’s match play tournament from Saturday through Monday. It will then put on a women’s fall classic event on Sept. 7. That will be a two-women net par points event … The Souris and Glenwood Golf Club is putting on a Labour Day Classic two-person Texas scramble tournament from Saturday through Monday. There are men’s, women’s and seniors categories. Cost is $70. Contact the club at 204-483-2956 … The Sandy Lake Golf Course will host its 20th annual senior men’s tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 4, with an 11 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $40 and you can register as a single, team of two or team of four by calling 204-585-5227 ... The Killarney Ladies Golf Club will hold their Senior (50+) Tournament on Sept. 5. Call 204-523-8277 ... Minnedosa is hosting its Rockin’ the Fields Par 3 tournament on Sept. 7.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 29, 2013