Ericksons capture father-son golf championship in Lake Geneva
It’s been quite a summer on the golf for Sparta’s Austin Erickson.
The 2017 Mississippi Valley Conference boys golf medalist and Player of the Year made history just over a week ago when he became the first junior golfer to capture the club championship at Sparta’s River Run Golf Course.
Erickson fired a two-under-par 70 at River Run on July 31 to capture the 2017 club championship with a two-day total of 145.
The 15-year-old edged his father, Scott, by just a stroke in the club championship, but earlier this week, the father-son duo teamed up to capture the title in the 106th annual Pater-Filius Championship at Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva.
The Erickson’s played well in the event last year and figured they had a shot at the title this year with another season of golf under Austin’s belt.
The format at the Pater-Filius, which means father-son, was 18 holes of alternate shot.
Austin and Scott Erickson got off to a great start, shooting a four-under-par 32 on the front nine of the par-72 layout at Grand Geneva Resort.
Austin Erickson had the big shot on the front nine – a 220-yard approach on that resulted in a tap-in eagle for his father on the par-5 sixth hole.
The duo found the water on the par-three 17th hole and came away with a double bogie, but bounced back on the 18th hole to record a birdie and win the title by just a stroke with a four-under-par 68.
More than 200 father-son teams competed in the Pater-Filius Championship, including 90 teams that were playing for the overall gross title.
Up next for Austin Erickson is the 2017 Wisconsin State Golf Association Junior Boys Championship at The Legend at Bristlecone in Hartland today (Monday) through Wednesday.