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LAKEVILLE, Massachusetts – On Thursday at LeBaron Hills Country Club, the team of Jackson Mitchell (Kittansett Club) and Temple Mitchell (Whaling City Course) was crowned champion in the Massachusetts Mother & Son Team Tournament with a score of even par 72.
Due to a card off against the team of MJ Wagner (Nashawtuc CC) and Stephen Wagner (Nashawtuc CC), who also had a score of even par, the Mitchell team was ultimately crowned winner, as they carded a lower score on the back nine.
Coming off a quarterfinal finish in the President’s Cup Bracket at the Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Championship, Temple Mitchell and her son Jackson were nothing but consistent all day. The Mitchell duo carded 14 pars, two birdies, and two bogeys to earn their first title together.
“There was 15, the par 5 on the back, she smoked her drive right down the middle of the fairway and I had about 197 out and it was a little down wind, so I grabbed my 5 iron and it bounced front fringe and probably rolled to 6 feet,” said Jackson Mitchell.
“She missed the putt, but we had a tap in birdie,” added Jackson. “Other than that, it was a lot of solid golf. We had 14 pars and two bogies and two birdies, so we were just playing good golf.”
For the Mitchell team, they both believed the format of the tournament attributed to their overall success today.
“I think another highlight was that we always had options,” said Temple. “When we play these tournaments, we say we want options, put something out there in the fairway and I think most every hole we had two options out there. Where his ended up, I could hit and where I ended up, he could hit.”
While winning was a special experience for both, just being able to play a round of golf with each other means the world to Temple and Jackson.
“It’s huge for me, just to be able to play together because we love being with each other. It’s just fun to be able to do it,” said Temple.
“We don’t get to play a lot of golf, because I’m at Kittanssett and she’s at the Whale and schedules kind of clash, but it definitely means a lot to have a day dedicated to it,” added Jackson.
Included in today’s Mother & Son Team Tournament were three participants from yesterday’s Mother & Daughter & Member & Junior Tournament.
That list included Joanne Catlin, who played with her two sons Jake and Michael, Kathleen Natale who played with her two sons Aidan and Colin, and Wendy Blanchard, who played with her son Nathan.
For the sixth consecutive year, the team of Sue Curtin (Boston GC) and James Curtin (Norfolk GC) captured the 9-hole Division in the Mother & Son Tournament, with a score of even par. Despite having a slow start on the first two holes, the Curtin team quickly turned things around, as they finished -3 through the remaining 7 holes.
“So, we started off slow,” said Sue, who last month advanced to the round of 16 at the Massachusetts Women’s Amateur Championship. “Mom dumped it into the hazard on the second hole, and we made a double, but we regrouped. We made a good birdie on 5. Then James on 6, stuffed it to a foot with a nine iron for a tap in birdie. Then we birdied 9 to get us back to even after a slow start.”
Along with this year marking the sixth consecutive win for the Curtin duo, it also marks the last time they will able to compete in Division III, as James will be turning 14 next year. The Curtin duo will now compete in the Division II, which is made up of players aged 14-18.
The Curtin team commented on how it felt to win six years in a row.
“It feels pretty cool,” said James.
His mom concurred.
“James keeps getting better, so it’s been a lot of fun,” said Sue. “We are looking forward to moving up a division next year.”