Oyer Duo Wins MGA Father & Son Championship
CHATHAM, N.J. (Aug. 9, 2010) -– Seventy-five father and son teams from across the Met Area descended on Fairmount Country Club in Chatham, N.J., on August 9 to compete in the 60th MGA Father & Son Championship. In the end, it was Fairmount's own father and son team of Jay and Zach Oyer, who fired a four-under-par round of 68 to win the title. Billy and Robert Prince of Sebonack and Richmond County’s Lou and James Buttermark finished tied for second after both teams carded rounds of three-under-par 69 on the 6741 yard course.
Playing in the first group of the day, the Oyer's utilized their home-course advantage to the fullest on a hot August day, coming in with the best score of the 75 teams. Their 68 included a four-under-par 32 on Fairmount’s difficult front nine. Michael and Michael McBride Sr. of Arcola and the duo of Tim and Kevin Macken from Darlington finished in a tie for fourth place after rounds of two-under-par 70. Lars and Stig Kjaeroe of Mendham claimed the low net honors with their 67.
The Father and Son Championship, begun by the MGA in 1951, is one of the oldest father/son competitions in golf, and is annually one of the most popular events on the MGA calendar. It is played in an 18-hole Pinehurst format, with 40 percent of the team’s combined handicap for the net division. The championship featured father/son teams competing for both gross and net prizes.