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Golf: The Rundles — David and Joe — compete in Centennial Team Championship at Midlothian Country Club

Longtime members Midlothian Country Club father-scombo Joe (left) David Rundle competed Monday's Centennial Team Championship. | Supplied photo

Longtime members at Midlothian Country Club, the father-son combo of Joe (left) and David Rundle competed at Monday's Centennial Team Championship. | Supplied photo

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Centennial Team Championship

Monday, at Midlothian Country Club

Flight 1

Gross

Ian MacKenzie and Blake Johnson, Glen View Club, 96

Net

MacKenzie and Johnson, 97

Flight 2

Gross

Michael McCarthy and Daniel Rudman, Chicago Highlands, 104

Net

John Carlson and Steven Brown, Arrowhead Golf Course, 96

Flight 3

Gross

Robert Malpasuto and Keith Dekcer, Kankakee Country Club, 106

Net

Thomas Tinkler and John Leonard, Cog Hill, 95

Flight 4

Gross

Paul Susner and Kirk Blakney, Woodruff Golf Club, 108

Net

Susner and Blakney, 95

Flight 5

Gross

Rich Buchanan and Jack Zur, Glenview Park Golf Club, 117

Net

Buchanan and Zur, 96

Updated: September 1, 2014 7:59AM



David Rundle’s round of golf Monday did not go quite as planned, his score a little higher than he would have liked.

He didn’t seem too bothered by it.

After all, there are far worse things than playing 18 on your home course with your son on a Monday morning.

Rundle competed with his son, Joe, at the Centennial Team Championship at Midlothian Country Club.

“It never stops being cool, in my opinion,” David said. “It’s great fun. There’s nothing better than being a good golfer and being able to play with your kid who beats you. That means you did the right thing. You taught well. That’s something a lot of folks admire, people who maybe aren’t as close with their sons as we are.”

The Centennial Team Championship is a one-day event that welcomed 50 two-man teams from courses around the Chicago area to play a round of golf — with some tweaks in the format.

The teams were required to play holes 1 through 6 better ball, 7 through 12 team total and 13 through 18 alternate shot.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever played in a tournament with a format like this,” Joe Rundle said. “It’s a change of pace. It is nice to have that change, makes things interesting. You go out, tee off and aim low.”

And the results for the Rundles? Well, according to father and son, they had a good time, finishing eighth in their flight in gross scoring, ninth in net scoring.

“Easy for me to say it now, but we ran into a buzz saw on our opposite shot,” David said. “We didn’t play well, got caught in a bad rotation. It’s never good when the older guy has to hit the tee ball.”

One of three pairs defending the home course at Midlothian, the Rundles struggled Monday, but that’s an exception.

A member at Midlothian for the past 47 years, David Rundle is a 14-time course champion. Joe Rundle, who joined the club in 1999, is a nine-time course champion and the defending champion, winning the 2013 tournament.

“I grew up watching my father be the man out here,” Joe said. “It’s something I’ve always strived to follow.”

Residents of Orland Park, David is a Luther South High School grad, while Joe attended Sandburg.

“I’ve got a victory in every decade since the 1970s, except the teens, I’m running into a little problem there,” David said with a laugh. “I’m going to have to sink a lot of shots from the fairway.”

It’s in the blood for the Rundles, David adding that his father, Kenneth, was a two-time course champion at Midlothian. And if you see one Rundle on the course, there’s a good chance you see the other not far away.

“We’re close, and we play a lot together,” David said. “If we play 65 rounds, we probably play 60 together. That’s the way it was with my dad, too.”



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