by Bill Fields

Not every golfer has a father who plays the game, but many dads do. Mine came to golf in middle age after I took it up as a kid, and it was the best gift I ever gave him. We played a lot but competed together only once, when I was 18, on the same foursome during a one-day, A-B-C-D scramble organized by my father’s tavern of choice, a place where the beer was cold and cheap and there were pickled eggs for the timid and pigs’ feet for the brave. We didn’t tell Mom or the golf authorities about the folding money we won, not that our amateur status was much of a concern to anyone.

The PNC Father-Son Challenge, a scramble for considerably bigger stakes with much better food, will be contested this weekend at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. (tee times). Talent and rewards notwithstanding, the appeal of these 36 holes won’t be much different than that of the long-ago round with my favorite 20-handicapper.


A quick toast to side benefit of new rules
As reader Jim Kavanagh pointed out (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Dec. 13), the new terminology is a key to understanding the 2019 Rules of Golf.

All things being equal, the new rules should speed up the pace of play. Adding the concept of “ready golf” to the equation also should help shorten time on the course.



Number of consecutive times that Lee Trevino will have played in the PNC Father-Son Challenge when the 21st edition of the event begins Saturday at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. Trevino will team with his son Daniel in the 36-hole scramble (tee times).



Hawk & Rude: Rules school
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, the hosts discuss the upcoming changes to the Rules of Golf with USGA official Craig Winter.

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As the year winds down, co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. look ahead to Maui, wrap up the QBE Shootout and preview the PNC Father-Son Challenge. Encore feature interviews welcome Pete Charleston from GolfLogix and David Feaser from PeakVision Sunglasses.


Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif., will host the inaugural Napa Open on Jan. 16-18, officials announced. The tournament, to be played on the resort’s North and South courses, will be open to men and women, professionals and amateurs. The field will be limited to 100, and the entry deadline is Jan. 6. Silverado, owned by Johnny Miller, also hosts the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open in the fall.


PGA Golf Club is offering a discount for visitors to help promote Toys for Tots. Guests of the PGA Learning Center at the club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., will receive a 30-percent discount off the daily access fee if they bring an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more. The promotion is valid through Dec. 31.


World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., has launched seasonal stay-and-play packages for winter and spring. WGF features two courses: King & Bear and Slammer & Squire. The packages include accommodations at the Renaissance Resort and daily breakfast, with various options available, including the nearby World Golf Hall of Fame.


December 13-16
European: Alfred Dunhill Championship

Leopard Creek CC, Malelane, South Africa

December 14-16
Champions exhibition: PNC Father-Son Challenge

Ritz-Carlton GC, Orlando, Fla.

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