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73 years of Family Fun in Golf!

Ceremonial Tee Off - Top, Nathan Moro - Bottom, Peter McKay

The Father and Three Sons Golf Classic has been a Canadian family golfing tradition for over seventy years. The tournament was founded by the Tilden Family (Tilden Rent-a-Car) of Montreal in 1935. Soon after its inception, the tournament was played at numerous courses in Ontario, and has been played mainly in Ontario since that time. The tournament was cancelled during the Second World War, but was re-kindled when the war ended. For many families, The Father and Three Sons Golf Classic has become a regular part of the family annual agenda, with sons traveling from across the country to attend the event each year. A number of families have participated in the Father and 3 Sons for over 30 years.

Fathers with at least three sons qualify to register for the tournament. Some families with more than three sons, hold a qualifying round within the family to determine which three sons will play. In some cases, where a son is not available on the day of the event, due to circumstances beyond his control, a grandson or son in-law may act as a stand-in. However, you must have three sons registered for the tournment in order to play. Families who participated in the tournament the previous year have seniority in the registration process and new families are given "waiting list" status on a first come first served basis. New families are welcome and encouraged to register. In 2007, we had eight new families join our fraternity for the first time and five more new families in 2008.

Some basic principles apply and are listed below:

  • Family Event.
  • Fathers teamed with Fathers.
  • Sons teamed with Sons.
  • Shotgun Start
  • Family score counts.
  • Emphasis on Low Net.
  • Dinner and prizes follow golf.
  • Must have at least 3 sons to enter.
  • Dress Code in effect for dinner. (Jacket & Tie)

Many families like to play a practice round on Thursday (the day before the tournament) in order to enjoy a day of golf together. Families do not play together during the tournament, however family scores are calaculated as a team. A new tradition has developed the last few years, whereby the host family has organized a Thursday Scramble competition. This serves to help the family work as a team instead of competing with each other. Following the Thursday Scramble, a social time is convened and all families get together to compare scores and renew old aquaintances.

Although it is not a requirement, an older tradition prevails, whereby families wear matching golf shirts or golf outfits on the day of the tournament. This helps to identify members of any given family anywhere on the course and also makes for a great team photo. A professional photographer is always hired to photograph and develop photos of each family.

Introducing the Family

Following dinner, a member of each team takes the podium and introduces his family. We are very proud of the fun traditions that have developed during the past 73 years through fun, camaraderie, and respect for each other.

A meeting of the fathers is held on the morning of the tournament and at that meeting, a decision is made about who will host the tournament the following year and at what golf course.

The 2007 event was hosted by The Bruce Waite family and the Ralph Lauer family at Tangle Creek Golf Club in Barrie, Ontario. Many thanks to them for a great job in organizing two great days of golfing fun.

The Family Scramble on Thursday afternoon really helped to get all families working as a team. The golf course was in beautiful condition following heavy rains on Wednesday night and Thursday night. But the weather was perfect during both Thursday and Friday. The food was outstanding and each family was introduced by the fathers this year.

The 2008 Father and 3 Sons Golf Classic will be held Friday, August 22nd, 2008 at FireRock Golf Club in Komoka, Ontario near London. The 2008 Tournament will be hosted by the John Nash family of London.

To receive an information package and application, please email Jay Nash or to download a 2008 Registration Form click here . For directions to FireRock Golf Club, click here. Click here for a schedule of events and map for this year's event (2008).

We welcome you and look forward to assisting you.
The Nash Family
2008 Tournament Hosts
The Nash Family
From Left to Right... Jay, John, Colin and Jordan Nash

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