By Alan Blondin, The Sun News with contribution from Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Not one, not two, but now three times in the past four years, the duo of former Golden Eagle golfer Bryce Kendrick and his father, Bryan, took home the winner's trophy at the National Father & Son Team Classic presented by PGA Tour Superstore.
The father and son combo took home the top spot in 2013 and 2015 as well, but this season presented a new challenge. In the field of 316 teams, the 2015 European Father & Son Golf Championship title holders, Justin and Gary Milliner, made the trek from Hamburg, Germany.
Trailing by two shots with just nine more holes to play in the final round of the alternate shot event, the Kendricks turned up play a notch and rampaged the back nine Thistle Golf Club to rally for a three-stroke victory.
"They seem to be quite the formiddable pair in the event," Tennessee Tech head golf coach Polk Brown said. "It's been pretty cool to see them play so well together over the past few years. Getting to play with his dad and share those experiences with him has been pretty cool for Bryce. I'm proud of both them and I'm looking forward to seeing how they do over in Europe again."
The Kendricks keep getting better, as they have matched or bettered their total score in each of the past three years. They were 21-under par in both 2013 and '14, 25 under last year when they won by 10 shots, and shot a 26-under 189 this year. They shot a 14-under 58 Thursday in a scramble format at the Grande Dunes Resort Course, 6-under 66 in a best ball format Friday at Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club, and 6-under 65 Saturday at Thistle Golf Club.
"We got down here and heard the Milliners were here and we knew that would sort of be the competition," said Bryce, 22, who recently completed his senior year on the Tennessee Tech golf team. "We started off hot again, but so did they."