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41st Annual SIGA Parent-Child/Family Day Championships scheduled for Saturday

In 1984, Steven F. Zuntag, founder of the Staten Island Golf Association (SIGA), took his then 15-year-old son Matthew to the Metropolitan Golf Association's father-son event for the first time. A number of other Staten Island fathers and sons attended the event, and the group of fathers decided it was time to host their own “parent-child” event on Staten Island each summer. Forty years later, the event will be played again on Saturday in Silver Lake.

In 2015, SIGA decided to make the event more inclusive by allowing all family members (even in-laws) to participate as a team. The tournament is played in the “Pinehurst” format, an alternating shot format so that the player who made the last shot does not have to suffer the humiliation of having to make the next shot if he made a bad shot. Nor does he have the honor of finishing the next shot from a great position – that honor goes to his partner.

Unfortunately, there are more failures to “recover” from, and the general response is, “What have you done to me?” Of course, normal family problems can be exacerbated in this format, but it's also a great day to spend quality time with your loved ones.

Several teams are returning this year, including last year's champions in the parent-child Gross (no handicap) and Net (handicap) divisions. Matt (the 1984 15-year-old) and William Zuntag are two-time winners of the Gross division, while Chad and Mason Marrone are two-time winners of the Net division.

The start times are as follows:

8am – MARY & ED GARDNER//DOUG JOHNSTONE & EVE TARANTO

8:09 – MATT & WILLIAM ZUNTAG//SUZANNE WOODMAN & CHRISTIAN MIESEGAES/AMY & AMANDA ZUNTAG

8:18 – PAT & TIMMY HAYES//BOB DIFORTUNA & PATRICK HAYES

8:27 – CHAD & MASON MARRONE//ELIZABETH MARRONE & JOE SCHIRO

8:36 – SCOTT & TIM IRELAND//RICH & RICH JR. CONTE

8:45 – RODNEY & JACKIE STILWELL//DWIGHT & HIS BROTHER STILWELL

8:54 – MIKE WALSH & LISA COOHILL//VIC & MICHAEL STORA

9:03 – GREG-MARCO & LUCA BAGLIORE//STEVEN & STEVEN JR. BARBARINO & JOSEPH MULLIGAN