Kelting’s Defend their Crown at the Texas Father-Son
Briefly: Kyle and Derick Kelting of Amarillo were crowned Texas Father-Son champions at Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin after winning on the first playoff hole over Matt and Will Griffin of San Antonio. The teams finished the 54-hole tournament tied at 3-under-par 285. The Keltings, who were playing in just their second Texas Father-Son, defended their title from last year when they were declared co-champions with the Griffin’s.
Leaderboard: Championship Flight
1) Kelting, Derick / Kelting, Kyle Amarillo, Amarillo 64-69-152—285 *
2) Griffin, Matt / Griffin, Will San Antonio, San Antonio 65-73-147—285
3) Reynolds, Jay / Reynolds, Peach Austin, Austin 69-71-149—289
*Won in Playoff
Championship Flight Update: For the final round, the top-half of the Championship Flight played combined score. This format puts more dependency on each player of the team.
The Kelting’s won the Father-Son Championship Flight on the par-5 first playoff hole after combining for a 9 shot total to best the Griffin team’s 10 shot total.
Derick made birdie and Kyle made par to clinch the playoff for the Kelting’s. Will made birdie and Matt made bogey for the Griffin’s.
Both the Kelting’s and Griffin’s were crowned co-champions last year. Due to COVID-19, there was no playoff. This year, however, the teams were able to settle the score.
“We really didn’t play well today” Derick said. “But we grinded it out and were able to hit the shots we needed.”
It’s the duo’s second time to play in the event, but no youth has been shown. Two appearances and two wins.
“It’s definitely a tricky course and demands your full attention on every hole”, said Kyle.
Peach and Jay Reynolds of Austin finished the week in third at 1-over 289 total. Coming in just behind was Ryan and Watson Hill of Longview tied for fourth along with Charles and Brandon Rougeau of Brenham/Round Rock at 3-over 291 total.
Presidents Flight Update: Following Round 2, the Championship Flight was cut to the top-18 and ties. The remaining 15 teams made up the Presidents Flight for the final round. The Championship Flight played combined score and the Presidents Flight continued playing four-ball.
The Presidents Flight was competitive to the very end much like the Championship flight was.
Three teams were crowned as co-champions at the end of Sunday’s final round. Mike and Andy Campen of Austin/The Hills, Brannon and Cullen Smith of Midland/Angleton, and Niko and James Nebout of League City all finished at 5-over 221 totals for the week. With a victory in the Presidents Flight, the teams earn an automatic exemption into next year’s Texas Father-Son.
Net Flights Update: The Hogan Flight was won by Charles and Nick Archer of Rockwall/Rowlett after firing a final round 7-under 65. Host club team John and Jack Kennedy of Lufkin finished in second place.
Diana’s Jackson and Ken Sampson topped the Nelson Flight with a final round 4-under 68. Finishing runner-up was Dallas’s Benjamin and Lloyd Hughes.
Jamey and Aaron Freisleben of Montgomery/Spring fired a final round 9-under 63 to capture the Crenshaw Flight. They won the flight by 12 strokes over Corbin and Robert Janssen of Houston/Sugarland.
In the Kite Flight, Dallas’s Chris and Paul Divis won by carding a final round 3-under 69. They finished one shot ahead of two teams tied at 3-under par for the week.
Golf Course: Crown Colony was founded in 1979 on 750 acres of timberland in East Texas, in the middle of the piney woods. Robert von Hagge and Bruce Devlin designed the championship course. Golf, tennis, swimming and a host of other activities are offered at Crown Colony. For any golf fanatic, it’s a great course to play. Settled in the tall pine trees of East Texas Crown Colony is known for its small green complexes, strategic bunkering, and demanding tee shots. The par-72 course is consistently classed as one of the “Top 10” by the Dallas Morning News since 1995. Additionally, it has been rated by Golfweek as one of the top destinations in the State of Texas since 2004. Today’s total yardage was 6,467 yards for the Championship division and 5,988 yards for the Net division.
Weather: The temperature reached 90 degrees with scattered showers in the morning.
What’s Next: The 2021 season continues with the 93rd West Texas Amateur at Abilene Country Club in Abilene from July 16-18. The 2022 Texas Father-Son will be at Wichita Falls Country Club in Wichita Falls.
More Info: For more information on the Texas Father-Son, click here.