Tangle Creek provided the complimentary range balls so the practice decks were full from arrival until the Fathers meeting took place at 10am. The undulations on the practice green gave everyone a welcome opportunity to see how some of the similarly less-than-flat greens would be playing on the course.
The two prevailing conversations on the practice green and tee decks were the quality of the golf course and the potential for a real scorcher weather-wise.
Pictures were taken on and below the first tee deck, and there was the usual scrambling around to find wayward brothers and fathers, with six teams needing to have their shots done after the commemorative group picture when the fathers reappeared from the annual Fathers Meeting.
Following the large group photo, a gallery formed around the tee blocks on the first hole at 10:30am for the ceremonial tee shot and final announcements. For the second year in a year in a row Dylan Butler and Tom Critelli officially kicked off the tournament as the Youngest and Oldest participants respectively. And, for the second year in a row they both flew it far and straight, making everyone in the gallery wish they could have hit like that when they were 10, and hope they could do the same when they are 84.