Roths Repeat at Washington State Parent-Child Championship

Craig and Cody Roth of Bellingham, Wash. combined to shoot 4-under-par 68 to win the 11th Washington State Parent-Child Championship, held today at the par-72 McCormick Woods Golf Club in Port Orchard, Wash.

Cody (left) and Craig Roth.
Cody (left) and Craig Roth.

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The father-son team successfully defended their title in this championship, having won last year. This is the fourth title in this championship for the Roths, having also won not only in 2018 but also in 2012 and 2016.

“This is a lot of fun,” the young Cody said. “To do this with your dad, you don’t get a lot of opportunities to do this, so it really means a lot to be out here.”

The championship is played in the Chapman format. “The course played really hard today,” Craig said.

“Yeah, McCormick is really tight off the tee,” Cody said. “We each only hit two drivers today. We just tried to get two balls in play, then get two balls on the green, and try to sink a putt.”

The simple game plan worked okay for the Roths, whose bogey-free round included four birdies.

What is it about the Chapman format that seems to work for the Roths, leading to four titles? “We use a lot of Cody’s shots,” joked Craig.

“We both play a steady game, put the balls in the fairway, and we know we’re going to get a lot of looks (for birdies on the greens),” added Cody. “Try not to have to chip at all. Just put the balls on the greens as much as possible.”

The Roths finished two strokes ahead of second-place finishers Glenn Beatty and Stephanie Southbloom.

The Roths had qualified to play in the 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, and will try to qualify again for that 2020 championship.

Cody just graduated from Western Washington University, where he played on the men’s golf team.

Click here to watch the Roth’s post-round interview.

Hailey (left) and Arnel Blancas.
Hailey (left) and Arnel Blancas.

Winning the Net division were the father-daughter team of Arnel Blancas and Hailey Blancas, of Montesano, Wash.

The 18-hole championship was played in a Chapman stroke play format, with two players playing as partners, each playing from the teeing ground and each player playing his or her partner’s ball for the second shot. After the second shot, including par-3 holes, partners select the ball with which they wish to score and then played that ball alternately to complete the hole.

For complete final scoring, click here. For more information about the championship, including a list of past champions, click here.

The parent’s relationship with the child must be natural, adopted or stepchild. Partners could have more than one generation between them (i.e. grandfather-granddaughter).