ORLANDO, Fla., October 16, 2014 - Nick Price and his son, Greg, may have finished in last place in their inaugural PNC Father/Son Challenge in 2013, but the experience of playing together as a team mattered more to them. Greg, 23, took up the game of golf only seven months before last year’s competition.
They will play together for the second time at the 2014 PNC Father/Son Challenge. Price is one of 20 fathers who will vie for the Willie Park trophy alongside their son or daughter when the tournament is played Dec. 11-14, 2014, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando, Grande Lakes in Florida.
“Since we live in South Florida, Greg grew up surfing and never really played the game of golf,” Price said. “I would take him to the range every so often but he never really got the golf bug. Then his surfing buddies started playing golf when there was no surf and that’s why Greg took up the game. Now he plays one or two times a week.”
Price, an 18-time PGA TOUR winner, enjoyed playing with Greg last year and loves how this tournament allows families to spend time together.
“Greg grew up with some of the other players’ kids playing this tournament,” said Price. “He knows them from the day care on the PGA TOUR. We all have a great time. Greg and I will play more together as we get closer to the tournament.”
Price recalls one particular hole that stands out from last year’s tournament.
“On the 9th hole, the second day, it was a difficult par-4,” said Price. “I had 240 yards to the pin, I hit a 3-wood to 8 feet and Greg holed the putt for birdie. It was a great putt. I was really proud of him. I told him there were not many birdies on that hole, but we got one.”
The PNC Father/Son Challenge, held for 15 years from 1995-2008, made a return in 2012 with new title sponsor, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Stewart Cink and his son Connor hoisted the Willie Park trophy in 2013, and will return as defending champions. Television coverage of the PNC Father/Son Challenge will air on Golf Channel from 2-3 p.m. ET and NBC from 3-6 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14. The Golf Channel will also air a Pro-Am Special on Friday, Dec. 12.
Tickets are now on sale, priced at $15 per day or $45 for a full tournament pass (four days), by visiting www.pncfathersonchallenge.com or by calling 407-272-7506. Children age 15 years and younger receive complimentary admission with an accompanying adult.
To qualify for the PNC Father/Son Challenge, participants must have won either a major championship or THE PLAYERS in their career. The professional’s partner must not currently hold a Tour card, and while the majority of partners in the history of the event have been the sons of the golf legends, the family-themed tournament has seen daughters and grandsons participate over the years.
Nick and Greg are the second 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.