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Parent-Child Championship

Walt Disney World, Grand Cypress and Tranquilo Resorts - Lake Buena Vista

July 22-23, 2017

After two days of extreme competition, seven parent-child teams walked away champions in Orlando this weekend. With five courses playing host to this annual fun event, over 450 golfers had the opportunity to test their skills and enjoy the amenities the Orlando-area has to offer. 

The 32 & older division produced the lowest scores out of all the divisions after a brilliant 11-under par 61 was shot in the final round. Leonard Schonfeld II and Leonard Schonfeld III, of Jacksonville, had more than enough ground to make up after the first round. The Schonfeld's, after day one, were five back after they carded an even-par 72, yet with a blistering hot second round, the Schonfeld's were able to take a giant surge to the top of the leaderboard. Their 11-under par round of 61 was good enough for a tournament low in all divisions and to capture the title of Parent-Child Champion in the 32 & older division. 

In the 22-31 division, the competition was tight with Ralph Ghioto III and Chet Ghioto just edging the competition. Shooting consecutive rounds of four-under par 68, the Ghioto's were able to hold on to the lead and capture the title. After day one, the Ghioto's were tied at the top with Rick & Justin Weinacht, however when the Weinacht's couldn't back-up their 68 and shot a two-under par round of 70, they moved into a tie for fourth with three other teams. Shooting the low-round in the 22-31 division was second place finishers, Paul and Brock Drogosch. The Drogosch's followed up their one-under par first round with a five-under par 67 in the second round, moving them into second place for their division. 

The 16-21 division proved to be the most competitive division with the leaderboard looking jumbled after the first round. With nine under-par rounds after day one, the title was anybody's and it was going to take some quality golf shots to clinch the victory. Sitting atop the leaderboard after the first round was both the Ibbotson's and the Ohno's. After pulling off stellar performances on day one with matching six-under par, 66's, both parent-child teams knew it was going to be a race until the finish. Going back and forth all day, it was the Ohno's who came out on top with a three-under par, 69 in today's round. Finishing the tournament with 135, nine-under par, team total, the Ohno's would edge not only the Ibbotson's but also the Perna's by just one stroke. 

The 15 & younger division produced a play-off with both the Giovacchini's and Ross's tied up after both rounds of competition. The Giovacchini's began their Parent-Child tournament with a five-under par 67, good enough for third place heading into the final round. The Ross's were four strokes behind the leader after day one with a three-under par 69. Needing to make a move, the Ross's shot an incredible nine-under par 63 to make the charge for the top. Their 63 was good enough for the second-lowest score in all the divisions. The Giovacchini's had less ground to make up, but carded a seven-under par 65 to finish with a two-day total of 12-under par, 132. Both teams, because they were tied, went into a play-off where the Giovacchini's would prevail and become the new Parent-Child champions in the 15 & younger divisions. 

For our youngest participants, the FSGA offers a nine-hole parent-child tournament that is hosted by The Oaks Trail at Walt Disney World. Using a stableford scoring method, the three divisions, 6-7, 8-9, & 10-12, had the opportunity to play nine holes each day and compete in the Parent-Child 9-Hole Championship. 

In the 10-12 age division, it was Dave Ragan III and Alexandra Ragan that blew away the competition with a stableford score of 61, five better than their next two participants. The 8-9 division was not so much a runaway as two teams sat tied at the top after day two. The Dyer duo made up of Kevin and his daughter Sophia, and the Esteve's, went into a sudden death play-off to see who would walk away with the trophy. After a near perfect chip shot during the playoff, Sophia Dyer carried her dad at the very end and lead her dad to victory.

The 6-7 year old age division exemplified the good hands golf will be in for the future, and the scores proved it. With a comfortable margin of victory, the parent-child team of Rob and Christian Koehn out lasted the competition with their 54. Sitting in second place, four strokes behind, was the duo of Mark Rutland and Grayson Gardell. 

The 21st annual Parent-Child Championship is an event that brings together golfers of all ages to compete with someone they get to call their family.

Tee Information


Yardage / Info

Approximate Yardage

7,298 yds. 75.5 / 142

Par: 72

Weather Information




Sunny AM, Rain PM

96 °F

Tournament Results

PosPosition Name Rd.1 Rd.2 TotalTotal Score Points
1 Leonard Schonfeld II / Len Schonfeld III 72 61 133 0
T2 Mark Cleary / Sean Cleary 67 68 135 0
T2 Joseph Latowski / John Latowski 67 68 135 0
4 John Pettit / Gary Pettit 68 68 136 0
T5 Charles Kovaleski / Michael Kovaleski 69 69 138 0
T5 Jerry Young / Kyle Laux 68 70 138 0
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~ Magnolia, Palm, Tranquilo Golf Club, and The New Course at Grand Cypress ~

A tradition in Florida for more than 20 years, the FSGA Parent-Child Championship, includes men, women, boys and girls of all ages.  Parents and Grandparents are eligible to play with their children and grandchildren in one of the multiple age divisions, which allows everyone to participate. Teams with children older than 12, play eighteen holes each day.  All ages use a modified alternate-shot format that promotes a great team atmosphere.  Different ages also play a variety of tee lengths to make sure that everyone is playing from the correct distance.  All rounds begin with morning shotgun starts to allow time for players and families to enjoy all of the Orlando attractions (such as Sea World, Universal, Magic Kingdom, Wet 'n Wild, etc.) in the afternoon.  Join the hundreds of families that have made the Parent-Child Championship an annual tradition. For a look at the 2016 Championship Results click here. 

Championship Format

  • 36 holes of Modified Alternate Shot gross stroke play (no handicaps)
  • Maximum 208 teams; 416 players
  • The lowest total for 36 holes within each division is Champion
  • 8:00 AM shotgun - both rounds

Modified Alternate Shot

  • Both players hit their tee shots
  • Next, both players hit the second shot with their partner's ball
  • After each ball has been played twice, the team chooses which ball it will use to complete the hole hitting alternate shots into the hole
  • Scoring will be gross within age divisions


  • Any parent and child of which at least one must be a member of the FSGA
  • There is no maximum age limit for parent or child
  • A child under the age of 13 can move up to play in the Regular Division, but a child age 13 or older may not play in the 9-hole Division
  • Professionals can play, but are not eligible for trophies or prizes
  • Grandparents may also play with grandchildren

Entry Fee

  • $280 GHIN Members or Foundation Members
  • $300 Non-GHIN Members
  • Only two-person teams are permitted

The Courses

Disney's Magnolia and Palm courses played host to the former Children's Miracle Network Classic, a mainstay on the PGA Tour schedule for the past 30 years.  Previous winners of the event include Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Lucas Glover, and David Duval. 

Originally built in 1992 and designed by Tom Fazio as Osprey Ridge, Fazio enhanced the Orlando golf course for its October 2014 launch as Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Orlando. The course is a Par 71, with a yardage of 6,901 and four sets of tees to accommodate all skill levels.

The New Course is Jack Nicklaus’ tribute and homage to the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. This Scottish links masterpiece is complete with double greens, stone bridges and walls, gorse mounds, burns and pot bunkers as deep as 12 feet.

Late entries are subject to a $10 late entry fee should the entrant gain acceptance into the field.

Entry Priority

Entries will be accepted based upon the order of receipt. Entries received after their respective age division is full (52 teams each) or after the close of entries, will be placed on an alternates list. Alternates will be contacted in the order of receipt of entry, if and when, a spot becomes available.

2017 Daily Course Rotation

Each Age Division will play two, 18-hole golf courses over two days. Age Divisions will change course rotation annually so that everyone will have a chance to play all courses over the years.

    • Child 15 & Younger - Tranquilo - Grand Cypress New Course
    • Child 16-21 - Magnolia - Palm
    • Child  22-31 - Grand Cypress New Course - Magnolia
    • Child  32 & Older - Palm - Tranquilo

    Practice on the competition courses is permitted between rounds.
    (The FSGA reserves the right to adjust the Age Divisions in order to equally distribute the number of teams on each golf course)


    Based on the age of the youngest team member as of July 23, 2017

    • Child 15 & Younger
    • Child 16-21
    • Child 22-31
    • Child 33 & Older

    (The FSGA reserves the right to adjust the Age Divisions in order to equally distribute the number of teams on each golf course)


    Teams will be flighted after the first round by first round scores.

    Course Set-Up


     Approx. Yards

     Men 17-49

     6,500 - 6,700

     Boys 15-16 & Men 50-64

     6,100 - 6,300

     Boys 14 & Younger and Men 65 & Over

     5,400 - 5,500

     Women 15-49

     5,400 - 5,500

     Girls 14 & Younger and Women 50 & Over

     4,800 - 5,000

    Tee Times

    • 8:00 AM shotgun start BOTH DAYS.

    Practice Rounds

    Magnolia & Palm Courses - available at the discounted rate of $45 per adult player and $25 per junior player, valid one week prior to the event and after 10:00 AM the weekend prior on a space available basis. Players may book practice rounds up to 7 days in advance of tee time. Players may call (407) WDW-GOLF (939-4653) to reserve a tee time Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm.

    Tranquilo Course - available at the discounted rate $35 per player one week prior to the event and after 12:00 PM the weekend prior on a space available basis. Please call (407) 313-6718 to reserve a tee time.

    Grand Cypress New Course - available at the discounted rate $35 per player one week prior to the event and after 12:00 PM the weekend prior on a space available basis. Please call (407) 239-1909 to reserve a tee time.

    Practice Between Rounds

    The Committee will permit practice on a course remaining to be played between rounds.


    Carts are included for all competitive rounds. Players are responsible for practice round fees.

    Defending Champions

    Child 34 & Over: Gary and Andrew Saft 66-66~132
    Child 23-33:  Jordan and Ray Wenck 70-71~141
    Child 17-22: Johnny and Michael Schlager 70-67~137
    Child 16 & Younger:
    Brian and Cooper Smith 70-65~135

    Other Policies

    • Spectators and Spectator Cart Policy - Click here.
    • Championship Pace of Play Policy - Click here.
    • Local Rules and Conditions of Competition - Click here.
    • Championship Policies - Click here to read the withdrawal, dress code, and other policies.
    • Procedures for Alternates - Click here for information on how alternates may gain entry into this Championship.
    • Conditions/ Schedule - The FSGA Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions, provisions and/or schedules.  The decision of the Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee in any matter will be final.

    Host Hotel and Accommodations

    Due to the number, personal preference, vacation clubs and popularity of hotels in the Orlando area, there is no host hotel for this event.


    The courses accept Cash, Visa/MasterCard and American Express for method of payment.

    Directions to Palm and Magnolia Golf Courses

    From the West or East on I-4; go on I-4 and take Exit 67 (Epcot Center Drive) and follow World Drive. Go toward Magic Kingdom on World Drive and go through the entrance plaza. Bear right after you go through the entrance plaza and turn left at the traffic light on to Seven Seas Drive (follow the signs to Shade of Green or the Magnolia/Palm Golf Courses - they are located at the same place) and take Floridian Way (pass the parking lots on your left). Turn right on to Floridian Way and then take a left on to Magnolia/Palm Drive and the clubhouse, parking lot and course will be on your right. 

    Directions to Tranquilo Golf Club

    Click here for directions to Tranquilo Golf Club

    Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Orlando
    10100 Dream Tree Blvd
    Orlando, FL 32836

    Directions to Grand Cypress Golf Club

    Click here for directions to Grand Cypress Resort

    Grand Cypress Golf Club - New Course
    1 North Jacaranda Blvd
    Orlando, FL 32836