Father, son enjoy Father's Day on the golfing green

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

June 19, 2011 at 1:19 a.m.
Updated June 20, 2011 at 1:20 a.m.

Father and son Jerry, left, and Jerome Rozsypal line up their shot in the Edna Country Club's Fathers Day Tournament on Sunday.

Father and son Jerry, left, and Jerome Rozsypal line up their shot in the Edna Country Club's Fathers Day Tournament on Sunday.

With a bag of Callaway golf clubs secured to the back of a golf cart, 42-year-old Jerome Rozsypal and his father, Jerry Rozsypal, 62, drove to the tee box on the first hole at the Edna Country Club Golf Course.

Surrounded by a half dozen white golf carts and fellow father-son golf teams participating in the annual Father's Day Golf Tournament, the Rozsypal's traded skins with the group.

"It's $50 per team," one of the players shouted from behind the carts.

Each of the teams prepared for their 1 p.m. tee time, many of the men dipping, smoking, sipping cold beer and heckling one another from golf carts.

And then - silence.

Picking up a Callaway golf club, Jerome Rozsypal placed his ball on the ground and whacked it as hard as he could toward the yellow flag.

"Good hit," Jerry Rozsypal said.

"Attaboy, Jerome," the crowd responded in laughter.

For the past 10 years, the Rozsypal's have participated in the annual Father's Day tourney, and Jerome Rozsypal now serves as Tournament Chairman.

"It's a special day and there's something about this game that you enjoy everyone's company," Jerry Rozsypal said. "And that's what it's about, being out here with other guys and enjoying the company."

The two-day tournament on Edna Country Club's 9-hole, 72-par course, invites players from all over the region to compete in the Father's Day game. This year, 46 two-man teams competed in five flights, with a top cash prize in each flight totaling $650.

"We want to win the money," Jerome said. "Last year, Dad made about a 20- to 25-feet putt on the last hole that got us some money."

The Rozsypal men are longtime fans of golf and started playing together when Jerome was still in high school.

Now that he's grown with three children of his own, Jerome is teaching his 12-year-old son, Jakub Rozsypal, the family pastime.

"He'll probably play this tournament one day," Jerry Rozsypal said.

At the fourth hole, the men said they thought the game was going well.

"If we could quit right now, we'd be alright," the senior Rozsypal said.

On Saturday, the men said they were three under, placing at the bottom of the leader board.

"It's hard to recover from that," he said. "But it's supposed to be fun."

Beyond the golf green, the Rozsypal men are Jackson County natives and co-workers on their family farm.

"We spend a lot of time together. Sometimes that's good and sometimes it's not," Jerry Rozspal laughed.

But when the pair comes together on the golf green, especially for Father's Day, it's all about teamwork.

"The goal is to get out there and have some fun," Jerry Rozsypal said.

When the tournament concluded on Sunday, the Rozypal's did not place in the championship flight.



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