Twenty-five men battled Saturday at Mills Creek Golf Course for an opportunity to unseat reigning city champion Joel Foss.
The field pared down to 15 challengers (plus Foss for 16 total) for the first round today of the Mills Creek Club Championship, informally for the city tournament.
But there is a twist in the field heading into today's Mills Creek Championship: The leading qualifier, with a low score of 69, is Joel's son, Nate Foss, a junior at Perkins High School.
Nate bogeyed No. 1, but shot par or better for the rest of the day, with three birdies.
It's the third time Nate qualified for the Mills Creek Club Championship, starting as high as No. 5 in 2010 before Saturday's qualifier.
Joel was working and didn't get a chance to see the qualifier, but he received updates throughout the day.
But, Joel added, today is a new day. He won't look forward to a chance to play his son, he said, and will just focus on today's first round.
Tim Zapadka, Tim Belden, Derek Kuns and Shane Bahnsen are seeded third through sixth, respectively, after shooting 70s in Saturday's qualifier. Andy Bolinger is the No. 7 seed with a 71, followed by: Mark Butler (72, No. 8); Rick Souter (73, No. 9); Wayne Jackson (73, No. 10); Brett Catlett (73, No. 11); Arnie Schuessler (74, No. 12); Bill Haggerty (74, No. 13); Joe Whelan (76, No. 14); Ed Verlie (76, No. 15).
Matt Bauer won the final spot after defeating Bryan Burlevich in a six-hole playoff, breaking into the field with a 77.
In 2010, Joel defeated Belden, 4 and 3, for his third title in the 36-hole finals. Both golfers finished under par.
The last back-to-back champ was Gary Schaefer in 1996.