Father-Son Duo Ties in Mid-Am Qualifier

Records are kept for just about anything these days, so we would be curious to know if what occurred at the U. S. Mid-Amateur qualifier at Norbeck CC in Rockville, Maryland has ever occurred before.

John Skeadas II, from Savannah, Georgia, has been a steady performer for many years in Georgia and throughout the southeast.  He has won the Savannah City Amateur three times and has played in the U. S. Mid-Amateur (1996) and the U. S. Senior Open (2012).  His late father, John, Sr. is a member of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame. Carrying on the family legacy is John Skeadas III, who played collegiate golf at Davidson University and continues playing amateur golf while enrolled at the University of Georgia Terry School of Business pursuing an MBA

Both golfers entered sectional qualifying for the U. S. Mid-Amateur Championship at the Norbeck CC in Rockville, Maryland on Monday, August 21.  They journeyed up to Maryland several days before to play some golf together in the area, including a practice round, and visit some friends.  No doubt they were both thinking of what could happen next.

John III started play at 8:55 AM off of hole number one.  He brought in a 35-38–73 (+2), leaving him, as it would turn out, two shots shy of a play-off for the last of five spots.  John II began play at 1:03 PM, also off hole number one, just a few minutes before John III was scheduled to complete his round.  When asked if they were playing for dinner he replied that win or lose he was buying.  Just over four hours later, John III brought in his 36-37–73 (+2).  Blake Doty, one of the assistant professionals at the club, was on the bag for John II for his afternoon round, which had to be good for a shot or two in the high humidity.

While disappointed that neither of them made it to the championship – coming up at the Capital City Club in Atlanta – they shared in the joy of competing against a each other and a strong field of local talent.  No doubt dinner that night and the ride home was full of shared tales from the golf course.

John II and John III