FAIRFIELD GLADE, Tenn. – Not many things are more special for a dad than to spend time with his children on Father’s Day.
For Knoxville’s Bryan and Brandon Rodgers, Sunday was even more memorable because they got to take home a few mementos from their day.
The father-son team went back and forth with Cookeville’s Lee and Gary Maxwell for the entire final round of the 2018 Tennessee Parent-Child Championships at Stonehenge Golf Club. In the end, it was a hot finish by Brandon that ultimately made the difference and sent the Rodgers duo to the title.
It marked the second Tennessee Parent-Child title for Bryan and Brandon Rodgers. They also won the event back in 2006 when Brandon was only 14 years old.
“We had a great time,” said Bryan, who also played with his son-in-law Joseph Marler under the format that allows a parent or grandparent to compete with more than one child. “I play in a lot of state tournaments, but this is my favorite one of the year.”
“It’s just a great time being out here with my family.”
Bryan had a front-row seat as his son put on quite the show coming down the stretch on Sunday.
Brandon played the final seven holes in five-under par to help rally him and his dad to victory.
One of the key shots on the back nine came on No. 16 when the long-hitting Brandon drove the ball into a greenside bunker on the par four and then holed out from there for an eagle.
That was a big swing under the Stableford Points system used in the tournament. Brandon got eight points for the eagle and Bryan sank a sweeping putt for par to add two more. The Rodgers team went from trailing the Maxwells by three to leading by three with two holes to play.
Brandon added another long birdie putt on No. 17 to give him and his dad a comfortable cushion heading to the final hole.
“He just carried me,” Bryan said. “It was fun to watch.”
Brandon was a standout at both Farragut High School and the University of Tennessee before graduating college in 2014. He briefly tried his hand at the pro ranks but has recently regained his amateur status.
“I tried the pro thing for a couple of years after school and it was just too much of a grind,” Brandon explained. “I actually just had a baby last November, so not playing much golf these days, but I enjoy times like this, getting out with my dad.”
Bryan and Brandon Rodgers finished the two-day tournament with 163 points to the Maxwells’ 158. Eric and Tyler Johnson finished third with 146 points, followed by Paul and Wes Korth, who have won the Tennessee Parent-Child crown eight times.
Mac and Davis Baxter followed up their 55-point effort in the opening round with a whopping 79 points on Sunday to claim the First Flight title. Rick and Colin Bumgarner finished second, followed by Gary and Scott Peirce, Michael and Sloan Brooks, and Chris and Eli Cox.
Scott and John Honeycutt went 48-57–105 to win the Second Flight. Rounding out the top five were: Tim and Zachary Douglas, Walton Smith and Chase McKay, Rick and Tim Crawford, and Hiren and Shaan Desai.
Kevin and Bradford Dove won the Third Flight with a 37-47–84 card. Sam and Annie Paris finished runner-up, followed by Mark and Austin Young, Kirck and Chandler Crow, and Eli and Barry Buckley.
For full results from the 2018 Tennessee Parent-Child Championships, click here
For a photo gallery of all our participants, click here