By John Stewart, Maryland State Golf Association
Ryan Rehman hits 300-yard drives and his father, Robert, has a solid short game. Their selected-drive, alternate-shot round of 36-33--69 was enough to propel them to the championship of the 67th MSGA Father-Son championship at Wakefield Valley Golf Club in Westminster recently.
Their closest challenger was the entry of Craig and Luke Shaffer, from Francis Scott Key GC in Finksburg, who carded 38-33--71. The top two finishers were the only groups to break par in the 68-team field. Play was over 6,558 yards to a par of 36-36--72.
Patrick and Matthew Brady, from Crofton CC, had the low net, 72-9-63, followed by Tom-Alex Clements, U.S. Naval Academy GC, 76-12-64.
The Rehmans combined for five birdies, as Robert had the three in the middle, at Nos. 12-16-6, while Ryan, 17, a Blake High School "baseball player who happens to play golf," according to his father, made putts at No. 10 and No. 8.
"He hits it 300 yards -- mostly in the fairway -- and leaves me wedges to the greens," Robert said of his son's booming drives.
The Shaffers also started at No. 10, and birdied the first three holes. Bogeys at the second and fourth holes offset two of them.
Although this was the Bradys' first start in this event, the format was a familiar one. They have played in a large Father-Son tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the last three years, placing in their flights in two of them. Of their three birdies, father Patrick made the first one at No. 13, and son Matthew made the other two, at the 14th and eighth. They had one bogey on the back, two on the front.
"I'm a 3 [handicap] and Dad is a 17, and he was phenomenal. He kept the ball in play," Matthew said.
Frank and Tony Wickless were 3 under par with six holes left, and then bogeyed three of them, including the ninth, their last hole, to slip back to par 72. . . Nick-Chris Panos, from Swan Creek G&CC, birdied three of the first four holes, were still 3 under through No. 10, then bogeyed four of the last five to drop back. . . Dan-Sean Cahill, CC of Maryland, had the widest difference in nines with 46-34--80, with an 8 handicap.
Issue 2.32: August 9, 2007