FRIDAY  | DECEMBER 15, 2017
by Adam Schupak

Jack Nicklaus requested 19 tickets to the PNC Father-Son Challenge this week at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Grande Lakes Resort – one for all of his runner-up finishes at major championships, perhaps?

"When do you think was the last time he asked for that many tickets?" said Alastair Johnston, the IMG executive who conceived the tournament that debuted in 1995. 

The Father-Son is a beloved event. This tournament isn’t really so much about a trophy – or in this case, a belt in homage to the original prize at the British Open – as it is about fathers being fathers, grandpas in the gallery, brothers on the bag, wives taking a bow for raising the offspring of the greats while their husbands were chasing glory, and a celebration of family. 

 



Reflections on own bucket list

I enjoyed reading your “bucket list” piece (“Wishing for a few more bucket-list feats,” Dec. 14, http://bit.ly/2kvtOVt).

A couple of years ago, my wife got me the Jim Dodson book that you referenced, “The Range Bucket List.” She purchased it in Pinehurst, from Tom Stewart at his Old Sport and Gallery shop in the village. It is a great book, and my enjoyment of it was enhanced by visiting Tom at his shop, where he regaled me with stories about his adventures with Dodson, including the Donald Ross cross-country golf event (well chronicled in “Bucket List”), an impromptu match played by him, Jim and two others, contested between Pinehurst No. 2 and Mid Pines. Now, there’s something to go on a bucket list!

 



9

Number of World Golf Hall of Fame members competing among the 20-team field at the PNC Father-Son Challenge this week in Orlando, Fla. Nick Faldo, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Mark O'Meara, Nick Price, Lee Trevino and Lanny Wadkins will tee it up at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Grande Lakes Resort. David Duval and stepson Nick Karavites are the defending champions.

 


CALENDAR
December 14-17
Exhibition: PNC Father/Son Challenge
Ritz-Carlton GC, Orlando, Fla.
December 19-22
Men’s amateur: South Beach International Amateur
Miami Beach (Fla.) GC
Women’s amateur: Dixie Women’s Amateur
Woodlands CC (East), Tamarac, Fla.
Men’s amateur: Dixie Amateur
Heron Bay GC, Coral Springs, Fla.

      
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