FORMER Lavington cricket teammates David Armstrong and Scott Kay are the fathers of Australian golf champions.
Armstrong’s son Josh took out the School Sport Australia 19 and Under title at Bellarine Peninsula recently while Kay’s daughter Becky won the girls event.
Both are only 14.
Armstrong and Kay parted ways when they completed high school in the late 1980s but were reunited about 18 months ago on the golfing circuit as their children rocketed through the ranks.
The Armstrongs are now living in the ACT and the Kays in Queensland.
“We hadn’t seen each other since our junior cricket days at Lavington,” Armstrong said yesterday.
“But during a rain delay at the 2012 State of Origin between the Jack Newton Junior Golf and Greg Norman Junior Golf Foundation, I got talking to Becky’s grandfather.
“He seemed very familiar and it all became clear as we discussed our past.
“As it turned out, he was Scott’s father and my former cricket coach.
“At the next tournament, Scott was travelling with Becky and we caught up.
“Over the past 18 months or so, we have seen each other at major junior events around the country.”
Josh won the boys event in a four-way play-off on the first sudden-death hole when he hit his 130 metre approach shot to 15 centimetres from the pin to card a birdie and clinch the title.
Becky recorded an impressive eight-shot win over NSW golfer Nisha Jomjaturong.
The victories put the pair in elite company with Jason Day, Geoff Ogilvy, Steve Elkington, Karrie Webb and Katherine Hull former winners of the titles.