Driving Through the Years: The Thomas Family Makes the Applebee’s Parent-Child Tournament a Father’s Day Tradition

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We all have our Father’s Day traditions. Some send cards others grill burgers, get them a bad tie they’ll never wear other than when you’re around.

For the Thomas family their tradition is playing in the Applebee’s Parent-Child Tournament to tee off their week at the Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championships.

Hannibal’s Joe Thomas was swinging his club at Little People’s all the way back from 1984-1993 and these days he’s helping his 13 year old son Quinn who’s had a club in his hands since he was two years old.

Joe and Quinn had won their division the last two years, but today with Joe coming off some recent shoulder surgery Grandpa Jonathan dusted off his clubs to step in.

Playing or watching though, golfing is embedded in the Thomas family DNA.

Joe Thomas said, “Golf has been a big thing in our family.

For my cousins and aunts and uncles playing together.

Whenever we do a family outing most the time it consists of going golfing.

All of our kids have been playing golf for as long as I can remember them.”

You can see like Father like son and clearly the golf talent hasn’t skipped a generation in fact Joe played division 1 golf at South East Missouri State.

And sure it’s a holiday all about the Dads, but just because it’s Father’s Day that doesn’t mean Quinn ever let’s any of teammates get away with sloppy play.

Quinn Thomas jokingly said, “That’s very fun when you’re like, when he misses a birdie putt and you make the next birdie putt and it’s like ah should’ve made that next one.

I carried you. I did all the work, what the heck?

It’s super fun. It’s just back and forth the whole time.”


David Sugarman

David Sugarman

David Sugarman is the Weekend Sports Anchor & Reporter at WGEM News.

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