COLUMBIA — Cy and Clete Worley were on fire until a snowman cooled them off.
Cy Worley and his dad, Clete, traveled about four hours from Broseley, a town of about 1,600 people in southeast Missouri, to compete in the Father/Son (12 & Under) golf tournament at the Show-Me State Games at A.L. Gustin Golf Course.
Father and son were ahead of the three other pairs competing on Saturday until they blew up on the 17th hole.
"I hit it into the bunker," the elder Worley said. "Cy hit it about 80 yards over the green."
The pair ended up with an eight, also called a snowman, on the hole. The bad hole cost the two a gold medal — they finished with a 41 on the 9-hole course, only one stroke behind the winners.
Cy Worley, 10, has been playing since he was three and competes in many tournaments, including winning the Drive, Chip and Putt competition in Little Rock, Ark., in May.
His dad played nearly every weekend until two years ago, when he had to have the sesamoid bone in his foot removed. Since his surgery, he's only played about seven rounds.
While his dad has been on a hiatus from golf, Cy Worley has caught up to his father in skill level. The younger Worley said he had better shots than his dad all but two times.
"It's getting to the point where if I play the tips and he plays the ladies tees, it's pretty competitive," the elder Worley said.
While father and son get along on the golf course, there is some good-natured smack talk, especially when the kid hits a better shot than his dad.
"When I hit a better shot than my dad, I usually say something like, 'In your face!'" Cy Worley said.
Even though he and his dad had to settle for the silver medal, getting a chance to play together made the day worthwhile.
"We had a lot of fun," Cy Worley said.
"Even though we didn't win, I got to spend quality time with my son," Clete Worley said.
"That's a good day."