Last Update :8/7/2006

Winegardners Fashion Up and Down Round to Take Father-Son Title

It is not unusual for a winning tournament team to have an early starting time, but it is certainly unusual when the respective leaders of the gross and net divisions are the first ones off the tee in the morning and they are still leading at the end of a 10-hour day. That was the case, Aug. 4, at Holly Hills Country Club, however, when Tom and Charlie Winegardner, from Old South CC, led off from the 10th tee and their 36-33--69 held up for the championship of the 66th MSGA Father-Son tournament. At the same time, Chris-Jack North returned 82-20-62, and they were still at the top of the net division list when play ended.

Only four of the 73 teams had sub-par gross totals, as Bill and Will Shriver, Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, had 35-35--70, and former champions John-Kevin Vollmer, Manor CC, and Richard-Justin Klein, Baltimore CC, 71's. Par for the 6,441-yard layout in Ijamsville is 36-36--72.

The Winegardners -- Tom, a former MSGA Amateur finalist, and Charlie, a long-hitting 16 year old who had just won the Bob Riley Junior Open at Belle Haven CC with a spectacular closing round of 68 -- dipped three under par with back-nine birdies, then hiked it to six under with birds at Nos. 2-4-5. Then disaster struck.

On what noted golf writer and author Dan Jenkins calls, "the hardest hole in Western Civilization," No. 6, the leaders each drove out of bounds at the 437-yard par-4, and ended with a six. They went on to bogey Nos. 7 and 8, and birdie 9 for what turned out to be the difference. For the day, No. 6 was the only hole without a birdie, and there was an assortment of sixes, sevens, and eights.

The Shrivers clinched second at the 17th with their fifth birdie of the round. At 71, the Vollmer (2003 titlist) and Klein (seven-time winner) teams each had four birdies. The Norths, with handicaps of 19 and 20, solidified their tour with a birdie at the par-3 12th, and four pars in five

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