Fathers motivating sons, and vice versa, was the theme at Foxchase Golf Club Friday.
Craig Kliewer and his son Alan shot 63, nine under-par, to grab a one-shot lead over the Osbornes, Greg the elder and Casey the younger, in the first round of the Stadel Volvo Lanco Better-Ball.
“What a joy it is to play with your son,’’ said Greg Osborne, speaking for everybody.
Tied for third at seven-under 65 were the teams of Derek McCarty/Connor Sheehan, and Garrett Barbush/Corey Wenger.
Another dad-kid duo, Chris and Christopher Feiger, were tied for fifth at 67.
Twenty teams broke par.
Sheehan won the Lanco Amateur last month, and he and McCarty shot a 59 in this event en route to finishing second in 2015. Wenger and McCarty won it as partners in 2010. Osborne won it alongside Dave Richards in 1997.
The Kliewers won the Lanco Scramble in May, and have won two Golf Association of Philadelphia father-son titles.
They had a spectacular time Friday, even after making bogey on the first hole. They were only one under through eight, but Craig holed a bunker shot for an eagle on the par-5 ninth.
Alan knocked it on par-5s 11 and 14 in two and converted both birdies.
Other than that, he said, “Toward the end of the round I didn’t even talk to (Craig). I didn’t help read putts, anything. Just sat back and enjoyed the show.’’
Which consisted of Craig making birdie at 13 (20-foot putt), 15 (10 feet), 17 (three feet) and 18 (four feet).
Casey Osborne, 28, conceded that fathers and sons can grind on each other on the links.
“It used to be a little like that when I was younger,’’ he said.
But after the two teamed for a 63 to win a one-day better-ball at Manada, near Grantville, last month, Casey said, “We decided we’ve got to play as much as we can this summer.’’
Kliewer the son took care of the heavy lifting. Kliewer the father handled most of the fines…
The roll continued early Friday. Greg made a 30-footer for a birdie on the first hole. Casey followed with a holed 30-yard pitch for an eagle at two, and Greg birdied the third, a long par-3, with a 3-iron and 15-footer.
That’s four under after three holes. Later, Casey played the seventh through 11th four under.
Greg birdied 15, and pointed out that, “we had very makeable birdie putts on the last three holes.’’
The Kliewers and Osbornes will play together in Saturday’s final pairing at 12:32 p.m. McCarty/Sheehan and Wenger/Barbush are at 12:24. The Feigers and perennial contenders Corey Gast and K. J. Stutz (67) are scheduled for 12:16 p.m.