The ceremonial tee off was held on the 1st tee, where 82 year old Tom Critelli and 8 year old Jaden Condotta both hit drives right down the fairway. Tom was returning to the tournament with his family after a 25 year hiatus, while the Condotta family was participating in its first year.
Following the tee off and group photo, Geof Lauer then officially welcomed the participants on behalf of the Lauer and Williams families, hosts of the 2009 event. At this time, a new addition to the tournament’s stable was revealed, in the form of 50 tee blocks that had been laser-cut with the Father and Three Sons logo. These join the 18 flag-sticks and the official tournament flag that is flown on the main mast at the host club on the day of the tournament.
The shotgun start got underway shortly after 10:30am, with 29 families on the course. The October-like temperatures and strong winds marked much of the round, with a bit of rain added to the mix with about 4 holes to go.