JUST FOR FUN

Nick Price and son Greg go low-key in Father/Son Chal­lenge

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Contents - With Guy Yo­com

Nick Price’s son Greg prefers wa­ter sports to golf.

home on a break at the end of 1994,

Nick Price handed a cut-down driver to his 3-year-old son, Greg, dropped a few balls on the ground and waited for the magic to hap­pen. Magic hap­pened, all right: a dis­ap­pear­ing act from Greg.

“He dropped the club, picked up his cup of Gold sh snacks and ran straight to the range picker,” says Nick, a three-time ma­jor cham­pion and cap­tain of the past two In­ter­na­tional Pres­i­dents Cup teams.“He loved to be driven around in that thing. Even then, golf was a lit­tle slow for Greg. He liked ac­tion.”

So it went with Greg, a com­mit­ted surfer, wake­boarder, kite-boarder and wa­ter-skier who at 24 only re­cently emerged as a typ­i­cal mil­len­nial golfer.A se­nior at Florida At­lantic Univer­sity with an uno cial hand­i­cap in the low-dou­ble- gure range, he plays fast and not al­ways se­ri­ously. He likes golf pri­mar­ily as a way to spend time with friends. One of his pals: Greg Nor­man Jr, whom Greg Price met when they were kids at the day care pro­vided by the PGA Tour.

Even with a mem­ber­ship at the su­perb McArthur Golf Club near the fam­ily home in Hobe Sound, Florida, it doesn’t take much for Greg to shrug o golf in favour of the ocean.

“Un­til two years ago, I hardly played at all,” he says. “I chipped ten­nis balls around our back yard so the dog could chase them, but that’s it. But one day we were down at Blow­ing Rocks (Pre­serve), and there were no waves. No waves means no sur ng. So we went and played golf. Fun game, but I’ll never be any­where near as good as my dad. He’s got some se­ri­ous prow­ess.”

At the Father/Son Chal­lenge (played in De­cem­ber at the Ritz-Carl­ton Golf Club in Or­lando), many sons dis­play games rem­i­nis­cent of their fa­thers’. Steve Ir­win, son of Hale, has played in a US Open. Dru Love, a ju­nior at Alabama, pounds it past Davis. Daniel Trevino, Tucker Wad­kins,Tom Strange and many oth­ers are high-level am­a­teurs. Greg Price, mean­while, is keep­ing it real, with golf more on the pe­riph­ery of his life than at the cen­tre. It’s an ap­proach his father un­der­stands and ac­cepts.

“Golf is such an in­di­vid­ual game, and there are a lot of ways to en­joy it,” says Nick, 59. “You don’t want to push golf on young peo­ple in a re­stric­tive way.When Greg told me he’d been play­ing with friends, I didn’t know whether to help him or just let him do his own thing.”

The Prices are al­ways work­ing to im­prove on their last-place nishes in the Father/Son the past few years. They share din­ners with friends – Nick and Greg share a love of thick steaks – and, like ev­ery other father-son team, try to nar­row the gen­er­a­tion gap.

“The world is so di er­ent than when I was grow­ing up,” Nick says.“What’s in­ter­est­ing is, my hair was longer when I was Greg’s age than his is. He’s push­ing for Team Price – one of our cad­dies and the two of us – to show up one year wear­ing beards. I hate to break the news to Greg, but that isn’t go­ing to hap­pen.”

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