For Jake Peacock, golf serves as more than mere game. It's what bonds him and his father, Larry, and really his entire family.
"My mom, dad, sister, and I have had more laughs and memories on a golf course than anywhere else," Peacock said. "My dad has always been my swing coach, my friend, and my hero.
But since 2002, Peacock's hero has battled cancer. Jake seeks to celebrate the bond they share on the golf course and salute his father with the inaugural Larry Peacock Parent Child championship golf tournament on March 30 at Bloomingdale Golfers Club, 4113 Great Golfers Place.
The tournament will begin at 12:30 p.m. and is open to parents or grandparents to play with their children or grandchildren of all ages. The tournament will be divided by age: children 13 and under, children ages 14-28 and children ages 29 and older.
Range balls will be provided for warmup before the tournament. Players will receive two drink tickets. Several food stations will be available. The event also includes contests, raffle prizes and awards. The cost is $65 per golfer. Proceeds benefit All Children's Hospital.
"I am hoping that my dad will live many years to come, but if not I am hoping that this parent/child tournament will be the best round of golf he and I ever play," Jake Peacock said.
To register online, visit larrypeacock parentchildtournament.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Jake Peacock at fitby [email protected] or (813) 283-8981.
Ernest Hooper, Times staff writer