With roughly three hours separating Bill Ross and Bill Ross Jr., the two don’t have many opportunities to play golf together.
“We would like to play more often,” the younger Ross said. “But we only get to play together about once a year.”
On Saturday, the two reunited at Harbor Oaks Golf Course to compete in the four-ball tournament for the second time in three years.
“We really enjoyed this tournament when we played in it two years ago,” the younger Ross said.
The two did not have a chance to play in a tournament last year, but have competed in a couple Father/Son tournaments before. The elder Ross is a member at the Pine Bluff Country Club and he said he is waiting for his son to get a little older so he can join him on the senior tour.
“He has to be 50 to join,” Ross said. “So he doesn’t have much longer.”
The elder Ross is 71-years-old and is a retired dentist who lives in Pine Bluff with his wife, Angela. His son is 48 and lives with his wife and children in Jonesboro.
“It means the world to me,” junior said of playing with his dad. “You appreciate the time with your dad, the older you get.”
The two competed in Friday’s shootout as well but didn’t do very well.
“We had no business being in that,” senior Ross said.
Ross Jr. brought his 15-month-old baby down with him and his mom has been babysitting the infant while the two competed in the weekend tournament.
“If it was up to her, we would be up there every weekend to see that grandbaby,” senior Ross said. “So this weekend, worked out well for both of us.”
The younger Ross graduated from Arkansas State and currently lives inside the suburbs of Sage Meadows Country Club.
“For something that looks so easy, it is so hard,” junior Ross said during the early goings on Saturday.
The elder Ross has lived in Pine Bluff for most of his life, but did grow up in Little Rock. He has no problem taking credit for younger Ross’ playing ability — but only during the good moments.
“Everything he does well, he learned from me,” senior Ross said.
The two played alongside Bubba Cantrell of Wright and Clint Henderson of England.
“We have played together in this tournament every year,” Cantrell said. “I’m retired so I have play here a lot.”
For Saturday and today, teams of two play each hole all the way through from tee to green and the best individual score is taken.
After Henderson sunk a 12-foot putt to make par on hole 15, he yelled, “It’s about time!
“It felt as good as a birdie,” Henderson said afterwards. “I’m not very good, but I’m not this bad.”
Henderson was playing with orange golf balls because he asked his wife to pick up some for him and “that’s what she came back with.”
He parred the next hole as well.
“I’m fixing to turn this thing around,” Henderson said.
Cantrell was a rancher for 42 years before retiring a couple of years ago. Henderson is still an active farmer and rancher.
The two played were in Group 2 for Friday’s shootout as well and did fairly well — making it through five holes before being eliminating.
Before hole 12, Henderson handed out some wisdom about the game.
“If the enjoyment of golf depended on how good you are, no one would play,” Henderson said.