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PNC Father/Son Challenge

Date: 14 Jul - 17 Dec 2017
Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando

Entry Date:
Dec 16, 2017

I'm in Orlando for my final event of the year, The PNC Father and Son. However this week is not about me, it's all about Paddy. It's something I have wanted to play in since Paddy was born and we are here for our first time at his bequest. His friend, Ethan (who is caddying for him), asked him back in January why he didn't play in it, so Paddy said he wanted to play.

Golf is not Paddy's number one sport but since we committed to playing here back in July he has put a lot of effort into getting ready for this week. As you can imagine, as the week got closer he became a little anxious. There's been moments of panic and stress and that's just me! He is still quite raw, he can hit a good shot or a bad shot but the main thing is that he looks good. I have to say this will be the most stress I've felt on the golf course for a long time, if not ever! We have played two pro-ams so far and when Paddy was teeing off on his first hole I was nervous and then so proud when he hit a good drive.

We have had a great few days already and the tournament hasn't even started yet. It's been good fun having Paddy out on the course and watching him play. I don?t think I have ever been less interested in my own game when I have been at a tournament.

I remember playing in Father and Son events with my Dad when I was younger and how much fun I had as the son, but now I get to be the dad and help guide Paddy around. I'm excited and really looking forward to competing with Paddy this week but more importantly to having fun with him. We are drawn to play the first round with the Normans. It's a great draw for us as both Greg's are good guys and I know they will make Paddy feel at ease out there.

Talk soon,


On The Tee

PNC Father/Son Challenge >>
14 Jul - 17 Dec 2017
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando


Mike Kilbride. - Basingstoke. UK. : Great golf in Portugal !! Best Wishes. Mike.

Dennis Buckley - Dublin : Well done sir ! Brilliant stuff.

Michael Reid - Bagor,Northern Ireland : Padraig - brilliant,well done, great to see you winning this. All the best for the future. Regards Michael Reid

Paddy McNamara - Artane : Knew you would do it. Cracking putt on the 18th. Well done. Jumping up and down celebrating. Delighted for you.

Philip Halpenny - Portmarnock Golf Club : Padraig, you've given us so many good days over the years and today was surely one of them. What a pleasure to see those steely eyes deliver at the Victoria Club. Your determination and self belief are an inspiration to all of us still trying to master our great game. Congratulations and thanks for the thrills that keep on coming. PH

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