Parent/child Tournament Fun for All in the Family

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Many golf enthusiasts promote the game as a vehicle for family fun and togetherness. Nowhere is that concept more present than the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association Parent/Child Championship. The second annual tournament is scheduled for Friday, July 19 at Normandie Golf Club and makes room for nearly every family combination and skill level.

The event is much more diverse than the simple parent-child name might indicate. The field is broken into multiple divisions that include father-son, father-daughter, mother-son, mother-daughter and grandparent-grandchild.

"Traditionally, there have been father-son events, the St. Louis District had done such a tournament, to name one," said Tom O'Toole, Jr., executive director of the MAGA. "But where this event departs from the traditional father-son format is it is not so exclusive. The idea is to bring family members of various ages and relations together for a day of fun competition in a first-class, fun atmosphere."

Last year's inaugural MAGA Parent/Child was a huge success at the Missouri Bluffs. During this incredibly busy golf season, word has gotten out late, and early registration has not been as brisk. Therefore, the MAGA has extended the entry deadline to fill openings. Two-person teams can still sign up for the tournament for a cost of $150. The fee covers 18 holes of golf, carts, lunch, prizes refreshments, snacks and an awards presentation.

There will be awards given for champions and runner-ups in both net and gross scores for the aforementioned divisions. For more information, call the MAGA office, 961-3300.

"We had a great time with it last year," O'Toole said. "We had kids as young as 8 and 9 years old playing with their parents or grandparents and everyone really enjoyed themselves. I think it's a special event and it promotes the game and it's values in a unique way."

Elegant Annbriar Golf Club in Waterloo has a new program to promote spikeless play. Beginning Sunday, management will give $5 discount off greens fees to any player who wears spikeless golf shoes.

"We think it's good for the green and we want to do what we can to keep them in good shape," head pro Jon Lark said.

Among the premier public courses around, Annbriar's regular fees are $45 on Monday through Thursday; $50 on Friday; $55 on weekend and holiday mornings and $50 on weekend and holiday evenings - minus $5 for you spikeless types. …