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'Fore' generations celebrate family on the golf links

Gresham man aims to establish a family tradition

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Flanked by his boys, Duane Shelley gathered on the first tee with (from left) great-grandson Landen, grandson Kent and son Guy, at Elk Ridge Golf Course in Carson, Wash., on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Nothing beats a day with the guys. Especially when it involves golf clubs and family.

Gresham resident Duane Shelley had been trying to corral his son, grandson and great-grandson for a round of golf for months. “Life and schedules,” Shelley said, kept interfering.

But finally, on Saturday, Oct. 10, Shelley succeeded.

“This is something I’d been attempting to do for quite a while,” he said. “I finally got the four generations together.”

The lively foursome included Shelley’s son, Guy, from Husum, Wash., grandson Kent and great-grandson, Landen, both from Hood River. The group met in Carson, Wash., where they played a less-than serious 18 holes at Elk Ridge Golf Course.

“There was a lot of kibitzing, I guess you’d call it,” Shelley said, laughing. “You made a lousy shot, you got a lot of laughing.”

Kent Shelley earned bragging rights for the round, with a score of three under par. Did his grandfather think there was an unfair advantage, given Kent’s familiarity with the course?

“I don’t think anybody had an advantage, even though Kent won and he plays there a lot,” Shelley said. “Even I’ve played that course once before. Hopefully, we can make this an annual event, though.”