ARMOLD: Bartons to achieve rare three-generation feat during Champion of Champions
Lots of golfing families can get three generations onto a course on any given weekend.
But for Doug Barton, his group on Sunday at Cool Creek Golf Club is a whole lot more rare.
Three generations of the Barton family will tee it up together at the York County Amateur Golf Association's Etzweiler Family Funeral Services Champion of Champions tournament . Representing their clan will be George Barton, 91, his son, Doug Barton, 58, and grandson Drew Barton, 32.
This happening might not come off as impressive until one learns what it takes to be eligible to play in the Champion of Champions.
As one might denote from the name, participants qualify for the event by having had prior success locally. They must have either won a YCAGA event or a club championship at a YCAGA member course in order to play Sunday.
However, for this group, it's a lot more than a competition. Although all have been eligible for some time, scheduling conflicts often interfered with the Bartons' chances at forming their namesake group.
"I just thought the opportunities for my father to do this obviously are getting really slim," Doug Barton said. "I thought we should take advantage of it while we can. Something to just honor my father a little bit.
"Unfortunately, none of us really play competitive golf anymore," Doug Barton said. "We do look at it as a competitive golf tournament, but we don't expect much as far as results."
How they got there: The Bartons are most certainly no strangers to the local golf scene.
First, there's the patriarch, George, who could be considered the "grandfather of junior golf in York County."
"That's not an official title," Doug Barton joked. "He basically, in the mid '60s, helped facilitate getting the York junior golf started down at Bon Air. Because of all his efforts through all those years, he was the initial inductee into the York County Junior Golf Hall of Fame."
For all he has contributed, both on the course an off, Barton was also a 1999 inductee to the YCAGA Hall of Fame.
The 91-year-old Barton was quite the player in his own right, winning four senior club championships at Country Club of York in his career.
Doug Barton has had his name plastered all over the county golf scene as well.
Doug Barton is owner of Grandview Golf Club in Dover. Like his father, he is also an accomplished golfer.
Doug took to the links for Dallastown during his prep days, mentioning a second-place finish in the PIAA state tournament in his senior year. His youth also saw him claim a YCAGA junior title.
He then went on to claim some local titles of note in pairs — two Country Club of York club championships, two YCAGA county amateur crowns and two Champion of Champions victories.
He even spent time on the East Tennessee State and York College golf teams.
Continuing the Barton tradition was Drew. Also a standout at Dallastown, Drew dominated the Country Club of York's junior scene, winning five straight junior club crowns from 1995-1999.
He was also the 2000 YCAGA junior champion. It will be Drew's first time competing in the Champion of Champions.
And if you think 'well, three doesn't make a typical golfing group, it's usually four,' you're right. This group is no exception.
Rounding out the Barton's foursome is George's nephew, and Doug's cousin, Greg Neff — who is playing thanks to winning the 1965 Bon Air club championship.
"It's all family in the foursome," Barton said.
— Reach Elijah Armold at firstname.lastname@example.org.