SHELBY TOWNSHIP – The Benson family, five golfers strong covering three generations from three places, Oregon, Chicago and Rochester Hills, with an age span of 13 to 83, went with the line that they were the Benson Five, a pop group from Canada.
“Yeah, and our No. 1 single is ‘Where Did That Ball Go?’” quipped Matt Benson, son of Mike, grandson to Charlie.
The Benson Five were among the 66 families represented and having fun joking and playing golf in the Father & Son and Parent & Child Championship Monday at Cherry Creek Golf Club.
The Golf Association of Michigan presented the traditional Father & Son tournament for the 80th time, and as it has in recent years, presented a Parent & Child division that opened the tournament to GAM member mothers, fathers, daughters and sons of all ages in combination.
“We look forward to it and we like seeing the other families that we’ve met over the years show up,” said Mike, the 57-year-old son of Charlie, who is 83 and played with two sons, Mike and Tim, and a grandson, Porter, in the team modified alternate shot or Chapman format.
Charlie called it a great family event.
“Mike and I had 17 consecutive years in this at one point,” he said.
Family and tradition were clearly the themes of the day. Gary Adelman of Grand Rapids, who has played in pairs as a grandson, son, father and grandfather, made his record 60th tournament appearance with three family members in tow. The first 59 were consecutive before last year’s cancellation due to pandemic concerns.
“Happy to keep the streak going,” he said. “We’ve had a ball in this over the years and we really missed it when we couldn’t get together last year.”
Kyle Korte of Canton played with his father Mark, pushing forward a tradition Mark started with his father. Kyle chipped in for an eagle-3 on a hole and loved the format.
“Alternate shot golf with your Dad,” he said, “it’s just a great format. We had a great time.”
The field of 147 golfers played in two shotgun-start rounds and awards for gross and net scores in various flights earned prizes.
Find the results at this link, https://bit.ly/3hxtFj0, and check out the photo gallery at GAM.org (2021 In Pictures).
Photo on the front page: Father and son, Rick and Nick Baldus, work together to read a birdie putt.