Fathers and sons from across the country are headed to Streamsong Resort this Father’s Day weekend to participate in Golfweek’s 32nd annual Father & Son Open.
Played across Streamsong’s two award-winning golf courses, Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue, the three-day event will include 120 participants and feature an opening night shoot-out, two tournament rounds and the Father-of-the-Year luncheon honoring Craig Dolch — a veteran golf writer and founder of the Eric Dolch Foundation, which strives to help find a cure for encephalitis.
Dolch, a 55-year-old father of two, was a sports writer at The Palm Beach Post for 26 years, currently writes a weekly golf column for Scripps and is co-host of The Golf Exchange on ESPN Radio.
In 2005, Dolch had finished covering the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 when he received a phone call that would ultimately change his life. His 14-year-old son, Eric, suddenly was running a high fever and later awoke disoriented and unable to see well. Eric was then hospitalized and doctors diagnosed him with a severe form of encephalitis. After 115 days in a medically induced coma, he finally was able to return home late in the summer of 2006. Nearly eight years later, Eric, now 23, continues to slowly make progress in his recovery, though his long-term prognosis is still unknown.
With great support from golfers and friends in the Palm Beach area, Craig has helped to establish the Eric Dolch Foundation, an organization aimed at trying to help find a cure for encephalitis. The foundation has helped to raise money and awareness to assist in the care of children with encephalitis, and the foundation’s board includes such well-known members of the golf community as Barbara Nicklaus, Nick Price and Dottie Pepper.
This year’s tournament participants include a Tampa Bay family who have made this event their Father’s Day tradition since 1992 and the event’s most winning family, who have played in the Open for 18 years and won seven consecutive years.
The shootout takes place at 6 p.m. Friday with shotgun starts at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The father of the year luncheon is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at the resort’s clubhouse.