Father's Day, golf combine for a timeless tradition

Father's Day and golf go together like peanut butter and jelly, Oakmont and bogies, fathers and son/daughters.

The Mississippi Golf Association's Father-Son/Daughter State Championship in Jackson was yet another fantastic success, bringing together fathers, grandfathers, sons, daughters, mothers and in-laws for a weekend of immeasurable memories.

Tim and Tim McCabe have been playing for years, and they wouldn't miss a chance to scramble together and take a few jabs at each other during three days of father-son golf. The Sundermans, Cockrells and Evanses are regulars, as well as the Snells. This year it was Alec's turn to play with pops, and even though we didn't play very well, the golf was extraordinary.

The fellowship with regulars was exceptional. Dinners with appetizers of laughter, birdie and bogey entrées and what-could-have-been a la mode were unforgettable. My daughter-in-law Bonnie left her Dallas city attorney duties behind and took part this year. My daughter Rachel was there to offer support. My dad was there in spirit. I miss him with every swing.

I've played with three of my four children several times, and I look forward to the day Adrianne will share a few hooks and slices with me. I miss my dad and the days when he at 89 would hit it right down the middle and say, "Where did that go?" When the kids were young, my dad would play with one, and I would play with another, the other in attendance clapping, cheering and helping to search for wayward drives.

The State Father-Son/Daughter is certainly a family affair. As Gail Lumet Buckley once said, "Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future." When I gaze at my family during this annual event, I see yesterday, today and tomorrow, and I'm fortunate that golf has teed off in each generation.

Tommy Snell, golf coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, writes a column for the Sun Herald.