While the 54th Annual Father-Son Golf Tournament in Prescott is more about family bonding than winning, Kevin Kelley is beaming with pride over the two first-place finishes he scored with sons Brandan and Jeffrey.
“Hey, I’ve got a bum shoulder and haven’t played much lately but I won twice — thanks to my sons,” he said.
In the June 4-5 tournament played on two courses at Antelope Hills, Kevin teamed with Brandan to finish first in the Pro Division. The two posted a 68 on opening day and held on the second day for the win.
With Jeffrey as a partner, the duo won Flight 7 top honors and were third overall.
“It was a good tournament for us,” said Kevin.
Playing in the Father-Son tournament is nothing new for the three. Brandan and his father have been playing in it for 18 years while the Kevin-Jeffrey team has been a tournament fixture for 11 years.
In 2002, Kevin and Brandan won the tournament title, carding a two-day total of 149.
In 2001, the two were second.
Both Brandan and Jeffrey began their golf careers as standouts on the Payson High School golf team.
Jeffrey, who graduated in May from PHS, will next school year attend Arizona Christian University where he will continue his golf career.
AT PHS, he was one of the team’s top golfers, medaling in most tournaments.
In the 2013 Division III state tournament at Antelope Hills, a 72 he shot in the first round kept him in medal contention, but his 80 on the second round eliminated his gold medal hopes. Nonetheless, his score was good enough for 22nd in the 96-qualifier field.
Jeffrey’s finest performance during his prep career might have been chalked up his sophomore season at the state tournament at Antelope Hills.
There, he overcame youth and inexperience to finish ninth among 89 qualifiers. During the tournament, Jeffrey set a standard for stability, finishing 75 on the first round and 76 the second.
Jeffrey’s older brother, Brandan, starred four years for the Longhorns before earning a golf scholarship to Point Loma University in California. Currently Brandan is an assistant pro at Chaparral Pines Golf Club and in 2008 won the 84th Arizona Amateur Championship.
The Father-Son Tournament, which has grown to become a tradition among the state’s golfers, drew a field of 500 to last weekend’s shoot-out.
The field featured everyone from weekend hackers to golf pros.
Also, the teams were comprised of a combination of grandfathers, fathers, sons, brothers and grandsons — most of whom wore matching shirts to identify family teams.
With teams coming from around the country to play, family reunions often revolve around the tournaments.