For most professional golfers, holding the trophy on Sunday is the ultimate goal when entering a tournament. But for defending champion Stewart Cink, not all golf tournaments are like the PNC Father/Son Challenge.
“Winning last year was the icing on the cake, but it's just the time spent with my son, which is so rare these days, that I look forward to the most,” said Cink, whose son and teammate Connor is a sophomore at Clemson University.
Last December, Team Cink walked away with the Willie Park Belts, but it was the Father and Son bonding that resonated most.
“Watching him perform under the pressure of the back nine was really special for me,” Cink said. “Especially seeing him drain putt after putt when they really counted down the stretch.”
Connor, who by his dad’s estimate had not played more than 30 rounds of golf in his life, was a major contributor to Team Cink, rolling in a 30-foot eagle putt on the 14th hole during Sunday’s final round.
And it didn’t hurt the family bonding to have Stewart’s drive down from The Villages to see their son and grandson triumph.
“I imagine both my parents and my in-laws will be coming this year and we'll also try to get my younger son Reagan there to experience what it what it's like,” Cink said. “I'm sure he'll tee it up there one year soon.”
Team Cink closed strong in their victory last year at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes, carding nine consecutive 3’s on the back-nine for a three-shot win over Team Elkington and Team Singh.
Stewart and Connor are the first in a series of commitments to the 2014 PNC Father/Son Challenge field that will be announcing across the next two months via www.PNCFatherSonChallenge.com.