By Mike Tokito, The Oregonian
A lot of parents have uttered the phrase, “Use your head, son.” It took on a different meaning for the Lomax family Saturday.
Neil Lomax , the former Portland State and NFL quarterback and president and founder of the Promax event management company, was playing in the American Century Championship, a celebrity event in South Lake Tahoe, Nev., when he hit his drive at the par-5 18th hole.
“I hit a great tee shot at 18, and I heard over someone’s radio that a kid was down,” Lomax said. “I’m thinking, ‘How sad,’ when my son Jack comes running up yelling that I had hit Mitch.”
That would be Mitch Lomax , his 9-year-old son. Neil and Jack , 13, ran up to check on Mitch, who was sitting in a marshal’s chair rubbing his head. The ball had grazed Mitch’s head, but he was OK.
Lomax ‘s ball ended up in a bunker, and he went on to make birdie.
“So it turns out it was a lucky break that it hit his head, after all,” Lomax said. “Soon as I sank the putt, I gave him the ball so he can tell his kids how his head helped their grandfather with birdie on 18. I’m going to start rubbing that head for luck from now on.”