VASSALBORO — The 2022 Parent/Child Championship took place yesterday under sunny skies at Natanis GC, with 160 golfers competing on the Arrowhead course in this annual family event. This event features teams of a parent and child in a modified alternate shot event, where both players tee off on each hole then choose one ball to continue with for the rest of the hole.
Previously known as the Father/Son Championship, this event changed to allow players of both genders to compete when the MSGA merged with the two state women’s associations in 2018. Yesterday was the first time that a fauther/daughter team won the event since that change, with Harry Haylock and his daughter, Jade Haylock, winning the tournament with a score of 67 (-5).
The two got off to a torrid start, shooting 30 (-6) on the front nine thanks to four birdies and an eagle. They dropped their first shot of the day on 16, but rebounded quickly with another eagle at the par-5 17th. Despite a ball in the water and a double bogey on the last hole, the Haylocks’ score of 67 was enough to win by one stroke.
There were some great scores on the day in the modified format, with both runner-up teams finishing with 68s. Former champions Len Cole and son Ryan Cole shot -4, matching Mike Arsenault and Mike Arsenault, Jr. on the day for second place overall. In all, nine teams posted a red number on Sunday on a day that was meant for scoring, with warm weather and little wind.
In addition to the overall championship, this event awarded gross and net prizes by flights based on the age of the younger player on each team. The Coles and Arsenaults tied for the win in the 19 & Older flight. Winning the 15-18 flight was the team of Robert Braun and Caden Braun, who posted a two-under round of 70. In the 14 & Under flight, Jim Quinn and his grandson Jack Quinn took medalist honors with a round of 70.
Tim Flanagan and Don Flanagan won the 19 & Older net flight, and were joined by Melissa Alvarez and Tyler Lefebvre (15-18), Robin Twombly and Marc Twombly (14 & Under), and Mark Madden and Michael Madden (14& Under) as net flight champions.