The 2014 TaylorMade Father and Son Invitational

The Sunriver Resort ~ Bend, Oregon
June 17 - 22, 2014


From Pat Mateer, Founder and President of Championship Golf

My father passed away in 1985.  Shortly following this I started Championship Golf with little more than a passion for the game of golf, a desire to be the best at whatever venture I pursued, and the values my father instilled in me.  It was fitting, and fateful, that the first tournament my new company embarked upon was the Father and Son Invitational.  It was simple, really – “What tournament would I want to play in if I had my choice?”  While I regret having never played in this event with my father, I am more than consoled in the fact that over the past twenty seven years this special event has brought joy to so many fathers and sons from so many walks of life.  Each year, around the Father’s Day timeframe, I am blessed to spend time with an amazing group of fathers, sons, grandfathers, uncles, and family members who share this truly life enriching experience.  It is also my time to honor my father, and reflect on my life and how blessed I was to have him in my life as a teacher, a mentor, and a friend.

Championship Golf has evolved through the years, but this event will always hold a special place for us.  More than one of our participants through the years have stated, “I wish every father and son could experience this tournament.”  Well – You can!  If you share the love of golf with your father and/or son, we invite you to join us this June in Sunriver. 

President, Championship Golf

2013 ~ 26th Annual TaylorMade Father and Son Invitational at Pinehurst, North Carolina

Pinehurst proved to be a gracious and accommodating host.  The golfing weather cooperated nicely, with warm days and gentle breezes.  We were also treated to the occasional afternoon and evening thunder shower, and even got to see ‘tornado watch’ on the television screen.  For those of us from Southern California, that’s a unique experience!  All in all, the 26th Annual TaylorMade Father and Son Invitational was blessed with many things, but most of all, with great people and lasting memories.

Chris Chase has been chasing the title for 25 years;  first playing with his step-father in 1988.  He watched his brother-in-law and father-in-law win the following year in Hawaii.  His youngest son, Rob, first played with his grandfather in 2004 (Hawaii) at the age of 14.  He’s competed admirably with his oldest son, Ryan, on several occasions.  Pinehurst, however, proved to be the right location for ‘Team Chase’.  Playing once again with Rob (fresh from three months in South America), the Chase team played inspired team golf from day-one, and finished the week off with a sparkling 64 on the famed Pinehurst No. 2 to capture the title the family has been eyeing for over two decades.  Congratulations to Chris and Rob Chase, 2013 Overall Net Champions.

The Earle’s are no strangers to the victory platform.  Steve has been joining the event for a number of years as a non-competing participant, and supporter.  This year was to feature Tony with his oldest son, Ken, entered as ‘Team Earle’.  Tony, who has participated in all but one Father & Son event, determined he was not up to playing all the rounds required this year, and ‘Uncle Steve’ was the approved and welcomed substitute.

The Earle’s came into the final round three shots behind the team of Rich and Rich Pell, and two shots behind Steve and Jonathan Goldstein.  Pinehurst No. 2 proved as challenging as advertised.  The Earles missed some short putts early, but rallied to finish with a 72 for a three-round total of 216.  The Pell’s and Goldstein’s also struggled home, but the Pell’s managed to also finish at 216, forcing a sudden-death playoff with Steve and Ken for the title of Low Gross Champions.

The playoff began on hole number one on Pinehurst #5.  It was not without drama!  Rich Pell, III holed a must-make 20 foot putt on the first hole to advance play to hole number 2.  Hole number 2 was equally as intriguing.  Ken Earle drove out of bounds, and it appeared Rich Pell, III followed suit.  Rich’s ball, however, was in by a matter of inches.  With the weight of the team on his shoulders, Steve hit a beautiful Rescue-club shot within 15 feet of the pin.  Not to be outdone, Rich III went from under the trees to nearly the same distance from the hole.  Both players' putts stopped less than ½ inch from the hole.  The battle continued…

The playoff ended on the third hole, where both Pell’s struggled somewhat and carded bogey 6’s.  Steve was able to two-putt from short distance to nab the title for ‘Team Earle’. 

 A great week was had by all, southern style. We missed those of you who couldn't join us, but look forward to hosting you in 2014. The tradition continues ....