Mike Giunta and his son, Jim, aren't strangers to playing golf together.
''I love playing with my son,'' Mike said. ''We get along good and we play good together. ... I know his game and he knows my game.''
It all came together perfectly for two days at Moon Brook Country Club.
Jim Giunta, left, and his dad, Mike, won the overall title at the Moon Brook Member-Guest Tournament on Saturday. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Scott Kindberg
Sparked by an 11-under 61 in the first round, the Giuntas held off the Saturday charge of Randy Ordines and Brian Eccles to capture the MBCC Member-Guest by one stroke. The Giuntas fired a net best-ball 61-70-131, while Ordines and Eccles shot 70-62-132.
''This is big,'' said Giunta, who is an 11 handicap at MBCC. ''In our golf circles in Jamestown this is a 'major.'''
Getting off to a great start on Friday certainly helped.
With Jim shooting an even-par 72 on his own ball and Mike getting up and down ''about seven times,'' the Giuntas earned medalist honors in the opening round.
The key, the men agreed, was Jim's natural birdie on the par 4, 403-yard No. 7, which is the No. 1 handicap hole on the course.
''I hit my drive in the fairway and then hit an iron about three feet above the hole,'' said Jim, a 3-handicap at River Oaks Golf Club in Grand Island. ''Somehow I wriggled (the putt) in.''
From that point, the Giuntas had the momentum, which carried through the rest of the round.
''We just knocked all the putts in,'' Mike said.
As it turned out, they needed all of them as Ordines and Eccles fired a blistering 62 on Friday for second-round medalist honors.
''It was very tough (on Saturday),'' Jim said. ''Thank God we had a three-shot lead coming into today.''
Interestingly enough, Jim didn't take up golf until he graduated from Alfred University in 1987.
''One day,'' Mike recalled, ''he came home from school and he said, 'My buddies like to play golf so I'm going to take my clubs.'''
Added Jim, who was an outstanding three-sport athlete at Jamestown High School in the early 1980s: ''It took me five or six years until I got halfway decent.''
For Mike, the member-guest title was his second at Moon Brook. He teamed with Ben Conti to win the championship in 1994, but he admitted this one was sweeter.
''It was with my son,'' he said.
Mike Giunta-Jim Giunta61-70-131
Randy Ordines-Brian Eccles70-62-132
* Tony Vitello-Joe Vitello65-69-134
Tony Peppy-Damon Patel66-68-134
* Alex Bianco-Troy Carlson67-68-135
Tom Johnson-Bill Jackson67-68-135
George Panebianco-Ken Johnson68-65-133
Tom Yocum-Jim Todaro68-66-134
Tim Mead-Dave Rizzo70-66-136
Dave Melquist-John Lisciandro70-68-138
Kevyn Adams-Mike McFarlane72-68-140
Stewart Savage-Richard Koeth72-69-141
Jeremy Brown-Eric Snavely74-67-141
Ben Toter-Dennis Scotty74-69-143
* won playoff