Golf: Father vs son at next New Zealand Open

When David Smail won the New Zealand Golf Open 17 years ago, son Charlie was just three years old.

Now Charlie can call himself New Zealand amateur golf champion, after claiming the title last weekend.

The victory sees him automatically qualify to play against his father at next year's New Zealand Open.

Charlie Smail enjoyed the limelight of his father's New Zealand Open victory in 2001.

Fast forward 17 years and David's watching on, as Charlie engraves his own name on one of New Zealand's great trophies.

The title had eluded both David and his mum Sheree, who also played professionally in Japan.

"He's a mile ahead of where I was," David Smail said. "He can hit shots that I just dreamed of as a kid." 

Unsurprisingly, Charlie's now eyeing a professional golf career.

He practices alongside his dad and has the advantage of taking sound advice from mum - his caddy of choice at every tournament.

Now the competition's heating up, they have just three months until they'll play each other at the New Zealand Open, an event where Charlie has carried the bags for David for the past four years.

Sheree must now decide who she will caddy for.

The New Zealand Open gets underway at Queenstown on February 28.