Saturday 18 January 2020

Kaitlyn's the real daddy

Steve and Kaitlyn Lee celebrate a fine win in Waterville Invitational
Steve and Kaitlyn Lee celebrate a fine win in Waterville Invitational Newsdesk Newsdesk

Bonding on the golf course isn't the exclusive domain of fathers and sons.

Greg Norman was inspired to take up the game after caddying for his mother Toini, and while sons are often inspired by their fathers, it was the turn of the daughters to show the dads how to do it in Waterville last week.

The famous Co. Kerry links was the venue for the 9th Invitational Father and Daughter tournament and it ended with American pairings earning four of the top five places.

Top prize went to Steve and Kaitlyn Lee from Winged Foot in New York with a stunning, six-under gross total over 36 holes.

Kaitlyn's opening 74 was a course record for the ladies in a competitive round and their success came hot on the heels of their victory in the Winged Foot Father and Daughter the previous week.

Bill McGuinness and his daughter Mary, representing Pine Valley and Tavistock golf clubs, finished second, with Michael and Stephanie Sullivan from Garden City Golf Club claiming third.

Nine years after winning the inaugural event with daughter Katie, James Layden from Bel Air Golf Club teamed up with another daughter, Mary, to take the net category with 94 points.

The Laydens won by two shots from Jenna and Ray Perdue from Crystal Tree Golf Club in Chicago with Rocky and Hannah Downton from Canada in third place.

The event, which is hosted annually by the Carr and Layden families, and run by Carr Golf, hosted 32 teams from America, Canada and Ireland.

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