Charlie Woods has added to his family’s list of golf accomplishments by helping his team to a high school state title.
A state championship is one of the few awards his father, Tiger, has not claimed during his golf career, but 14-year-old Charlie was on the victorious team when The Benjamin School boys team captured the Class A state championship from the FHSAA on Wednesday. Charlie shot 78 and 76 in his two rounds at Mission Inn Resort in Florida. He finished 26th in the individual standings and his five-man team won its fourth state title.
Tiger Woods has an excuse for not winning a state title in high school: The California Interscholastic Federation didn’t have a championship while he was a student. However, he won the US Junior Amateur when he was 15 years old, a record at the time.
Charlie and Tiger have played together in the PNC Championship, a tournament where top winners compete alongside family members. They finished seventh in their debut at the 2020 tournament.
“I don’t think words can describe it,” the 15-time Grand Slam champion said of competing alongside his son. “Just the fact that we were able to have this experience together, Charlie and I, are memories to last a lifetime.”
Tiger also advised his son to model his game after someone outside the family.
“[I told him] Don’t copy my swing. Copy Rory [McIlroy]’s,” Woods said on NBC last year. “That’s one of the things my father instilled in me: that you have to be able to keep your balance and keep hitting until the ball rolls and stops. You can swing as hard as you want, but you need to have balance.”
Charlie’s golf handicap is unknown, but is believed to be close to zero.