The father-son team of Roger Pierce of Oak Harbor, Wash. and Doug Pierce of Sedro Woolley, Wash.came from behind to win in a one-hole playoff the 6th Washington State Parent-Child Championship. The 18-hole championship consisted of both gross and net competitions.
The championship was held on the Cascade course at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. and was conducted by the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA).
The Pierce's struggled on the front nine, making the turn at 1-over par, but turned it around on the back nine with five birdies finishing at 4-under par 67. Tied at 4-under par after regulation with Matt Cassarino of Burien, Wash. and Pamela Hoffman of Seattle, the Pierce's then promptly birdied the first playoff hole for the win.
When asked how they were able to pull off the victory, Roger said, "A lot of luck. A couple of chip-ins, sank some long putts."
Doug reiterated, "We got off to a slow start but just got hot on the back nine. We chipped in a couple times, and also sank about a hundred-foot putt. Things fell in the hole that probably shouldn't have."
In winning the championship on the first playoff hole, Roger said, "We were fortunate enough to birdie the hole. That worked."
The champions in the net division were Dave and Rachel Ponting of Mukilteo, Wash., who finished with an 11-under par 60.
The championship was played in a Chapman Stroke Play format, with two players playing as partners, each playing from the teeing ground and each player playing his/her partner's ball for the second shot. After the second shot, including par-3 holes, partners selected the ball with which they wished to score and then played that ball alternately to complete the hole.
The parent's relationship with the child must be natural, adopted or stepchild. Partners could have more than one generation between them (i.e. grandfather-granddaughter).
Owned by the city of Bremerton and managed by Columbia Hospitality, Gold Mountain has two championship golf courses, the other being the Olympic course.