Father-Son pair makes VSGA history with amateur championships 37 years apart

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — You might say championship golf runs in the Lawrence family.

On July 1st, Mark Lawrence, Jr., 20, defeated Jordan Utley 3 & 2 to win the 2017 Virginia State Golf Association Amateur Championship. His name will be added to a trophy on which the same name already appears. Mark Lawrence, Sr., 62, won the same tournament at age 25 in 1980. According to the VSGA, the Lawrences are the first father-son combo to win the tournament in the 104-year history of the event.

Mark, Sr.’s father Walter once finished second in the event in 1958, as well.

Mark Lawrence, Jr. is a rising junior golfer at Virginia Tech. He hopes to continue improving his game and eventually turn pro. Until then, he mainly plays against his father when the two are in the same foursome. Mark, Jr. says Mark, Sr. still beats him sometimes.

Friday, the two teamed up to play in the Tommy Galloway Father Son Invitational at Hermitage Country Club. The Lawrences have won the tournament five times, but they were not able to make the 2017 edition number six, despite shooting three-under par in the modified alternate shot format.