Area Golf: A family affair at Madden's - "Parent Child Tournament"

EAST GULL LAKE--Coming off of a banner 2016 season, Madden's Resort is hoping for an even bigger field for its 11th annual Parent-Child Tournament. Coinciding with Memorial Day Weekend, the Parent-Child event kicks off with a 9 a.m. shotgun start...


EAST GULL LAKE-Coming off of a banner 2016 season, Madden's Resort is hoping for an even bigger field for its 11th annual Parent-Child Tournament.

Coinciding with Memorial Day Weekend, the Parent-Child event kicks off with a 9 a.m. shotgun start May 27. The two-person better ball format has three divisions. There is the mother-child division, the father-child senior division, which is for children 18 years and older. There is also a father-junior child for players 17-years and younger.

"The biggest selling point is family," said Glenn Hagberg, head PGA professional at Madden's. "Whether you're competitive or not competitive at all, it's spending five quality hours with your parent or child.

"It's also perfect if you have more than one child. The format is one of two better balls so everyone plays their own ball. We have a number teams where a dad will play with a son and a daughter and then his score counts toward both teams."


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Parent Child Tournament

  • Where: Madden's Resort
  • When: May 27
  • Divisions: Three divisions (mother-child, father-child senior, father-child junior)
  • Registration: visit

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The 18-hole tournament is played on the Pine Beach East Course and the atmosphere is family saturated on purpose. For those looking for a competitive round, the tournament has it. Players are handicapped using either a USGA handicap or for the uncompetitive players ball parked using past scores. Once a handicap is set teams are flighted putting the more competitive players in one flight and the social teams into other flights.

"There are two ends to the spectrum at this tournament and some interesting history," Hagberg said. "We've had a player like Curtis Carlson, who was the No. 1 ranked high school player in the state shoot a 62 on his own ball. Other past champions, Sarah Burnam played with her dad for a number of years and is now playing at Michigan State. She won the Women's Minnesota State Open and played in a U.S. Open when she was 19 years old.

"We've had a number of other collegiate players who have played with their parents on one end of the spectrum of competition. On the other side of things, we had Char Philp, who is 90 years old, has played almost every single year. She was overtaken last year by a gentleman who was 93 years old. There are children as young as 12 years old playing in the 18-hole event. We have Glen Hasselberg playing with his three grandkids."

There is also a Mite Flight for players 12 and under and their parents or grandparents. That's played on Madden's Social 9 and starts at 11 a.m. That format is a scramble and the cost is $25 per team.

The entry fee for the 18-hole tournament is $150 per team and then $50 extra for each additional team if a parent or grandparent has more than one child they are playing with.


"Last year, the 10th annual, was our biggest field to date," Hagberg said. "We have good registration right now. There is probably room for 15 more teams."

The fee includes golf, cart, a tee give and hors d'oeuvres, which according to Hagberg will make even the worst rounds enjoyable.

"There is an unbelievable hors d'oeuvre spread up on the deck," Hagberg. "There's 100 people up on the deck overlooking Pine Beach East. The scoreboards are up on the big windows of the Inn. You're overlooking Gull Lake. This one guy that played for the first time last year came up to me and said, 'thanks for mentioning this to me, I've played in some nice events at some private clubs and this is the best spread in any event I've ever played in.'"

All players under 13 years of age get recognized. Division champions will win a 2018 Memorial Weekend package or a Pine Beach East/West season membership for two. There are also flight champions and individual adult and junior low gross champions.

"We've always wanted this to have a championship feel," said Hagberg. "We didn't want it to be a net tournament. We didn't want there to be that feeling at the end that there was potential for sandbagging. We wanted the best golfers that day to walk away with hardware."

For more information contact Cierra Waverek, tournament coordinator at 218-855-5955 or . To register visit and click on the Parent Child tournament icon under Golf.

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