Athletic activity involving fathers and children is a manifestation of perfect timing. Typically, the two to four decades separating their ages often means that one is declining while the other is ascending athletically.
The Greenville Municipal Golf Course and Greenville Parks and Recreation have long recognized the significance of these precious moments.
“The Father’s Day Tournament has been going on out here for several years,” said Greenville Municipal Golf Course manager Lee Sipes. “We normally start about one in the afternoon and play an 18-hole tournament.”
Fathers and their sons and daughters take to the links and spend some quality time together on dad’s special day. This year’s group featured folks from all walks of life from politicians and delivery drivers to teachers and salespeople.
“It’s one of our most popular events,” Sipes said. “We tend to get quit a bit of participation every year.”
Perhaps the best feature of the Father’s Day Tournament is its levity. The sounds of swinging clubs are often followed by lots of laughter, jokes cracking and tall tales of “back in the day.” A little perspiration gives way to inspiration from time well spent. “
This is a tournament that is much more focused on fellowship and family rather than competition,” Sipes explained. Since we open this tournament to both members and nonmembers, it is a great opportunity for the public to see a great facility that has everything they would need to enjoy a good day of playing golf.”
Although Sipes said that the Father’s Day tournament focuses on fun rather than competition, all the participants would not mind having their names called as the winners of the event. This year, Lee and Hunter McIntyre took home the honors as the Father’s Day Tournament Champions.
“We don’t present a trophy at this tournament,” Sipes said. “The winners receive a certificate instead.”