Editor's Note: The following series highlights stories from amateur club champions and how family has helped them reached the pinnacle of their game at the local level. Each champion is set to take their talents to the National level in the PGA’s National Club Championship March 13-15 at Pinehurst Resort.
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Sometimes your biggest fan becomes your enemy.
Since 1886, the Tuxedo Club had never had a father and son compete against one another in a club championship, but that changed for Cole Meitner and his father at the 2020 Club Championship.
“It was a bit bittersweet beating my dad,” Cole said. “But I think he wanted me to win more than he wanted to. My dad was the reason I started playing golf. Family in golf means everything to me. I’ve had the chance to travel the world and play some spectacular courses with my grandparents, cousins and parents. Anytime I get asked the question of a dream foursome, it’s always members of my family.”
The National Club Championship is more than just an individual competitive event. It’s a family affair.
“My family and I are very excited for Pinehurst,” Cole said. “Playing the No. 2 Course, seeing all the history that Pinehurst has to offer, and playing the Cradle with my mom and sister are some of the many reasons we are so elated to have been invited.”