It was a pretty good weekend for father and son golf teams from the Upstate.
First father Jay and son Bill Haas, made the cut at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on the PGA Tour.
At 68 Jay, with the help of his son, became the oldest player to make a cut in a PGA Tour event since Sam Snead did it 40 years ago at the age of 67.
There were no records set when Joey and Cole Patterson finished on top of a strong field at the Boscobel Texas Two-Man tournament.
Joey, a veteran upstate amateur and his son Cole, who is a former Presbyterian College golfer and 2019 Greenville County champion teamed up to win the 36 hole weekend event by a shot.
The Pattersons expressed the same type of sentiments that Jay and Bill Haas had, they enjoyed the day and the chance to spend time with a son or a father.
The Pattersons shot a first round 59 to hold a two stroke lead over the team of Nick Biershenk and Zach Bishop.
The team of Brad Sill and Stan Sill were another shot behind on a tight leader board.
In the Sunday round several other teams took a run at the lead and for a time it looked like someone might catch the Pattersons in the final round.
“We had a stretch were we didn’t play our best,” said Joey Patterson, “We had some poor shots and a bogey and that is not good in this format,” he said.
While the competition stayed close the Pattersons got back on track when Cole saw his 8-iron shot on the 160 yard par-3 tenth hole roll over the lip.
“I hit it over the pin and it was rolling back towards the hole and just missed,” he said.
It wasn’t a hole-in-one, but it was a birdie to get the two back on track.
The tournament came right down to a putting contest on the final hole.
Several golfers had eagle attempts that could have tied the tournament and sent it to a playoff, but no one was able to take advantage of very good second shots into the par-5 finishing hole.
Sometimes putts get missed because of the condition of the green, but the golfers in the event did not have that as a reason for a miss. The 60 -plus teams of golfers had nothing but praise for the condition of the -putting surfaces at the Bell.
The Pattersons like the other groups finished with a birdie and that earned the father and son a 1-shot victory over the team of Biershenk and Phillips.
The Pattersons’ shot rounds of 59 and 65 for a 124 total. Biershenk and Phillips posted rounds of 63 and 62 for a 125 total and runner-up finish.
Colby Green and Dallas Odom shared third place with Nick Biershenk and Zach Bishop.
Joey and Cole have played in a number of father and son events and notched a win several yeas ago, but this was the first time the two had won an event of this size together.
“I’ve probably played in 30 of the Budweiser (annual August tournament at Boscobel) over the years, but the best I ever did was win a flight,” said Joey Patterson.
Cole was the 2019 Budweiser champion. However, the year he won, because of some course work, the event moved to Pickens, so in effect it was the first win for either golfer at the course.
Both Patterson’s agreed it was a good weekend with time well spent together on the golf course and to bring a win home was a bonus.
Flight winners included: First Flight – Cole and Joey Patterson, 124. Second Flight – Mike Hartin and Randy Cisson, Third Flight -Whitt Jefferson and Larry Penley, Fouth Flight – Rob and Ryan Horner, Fifth Flight – Brooks Bryce and Phil Genthner, Sixth Flight – Carey and J.B. Sanders.
Categories: Upstate Amateur Golf