ECHO — Whenever a group of Thackers get together, chances are it’ll be at the golf course. For the Hermiston family, golf is less a game and more of an adhesive — a non-optional sport is the way Jon Thacker puts it.
“It’s a good sport for us to come together,” said Jon’s 15-year-old son JD. “When we have family reunions we have a lot of golfers. We go out and play a lot of tournaments.”
It was a veritable Thacker reunion at the award ceremony of the Umatilla-Morrow County Junior Golf Championship on Monday, as three relatives left Echo Hills Golf Course with winnings. JD, Jared and Cody Thacker each placed in the Top 2 for his age group’s gross score.
The eldest of the golfers, JD, shot the best score in the event, which was for players who completed the junior golf summer program with Hermiston Parks and Recreation. His 41, five over par for the 9-hole course, led all other competitors in any age group by 13 strokes.