By Jim Owczarski Sports Editor Published Mar 19, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Elgin Cook was all smiles in the Oregon Ducks locker room within the BMO Harris Bradley Center Wednesday afternoon in advance of the NCAA Tournament, the former Hamilton High School standout holding court with national and local media as he answered questions about his homecoming.

He fielded a handful of questions about Milwaukee, and then the conversation turned toward his father – former NBA All-Star guard Alvin Robertson. Robertson played nearly four seasons with the Bucks from 1989 through the first half of the 1992-93 season, averaging 12.7 points, 5 assist and 2.7 steals.

The 6-foot, 6-inch Cook has three inches on his now 51-year-old dad, and said he was just able to start beating him one-on-one a couple of years ago. He admitted the games are still very competitive however, which is something any child who engages in sport with a parent can related to.

In fact, that was just highlighted for me on my recent golf vacation. I went with my dad, and we played 153 holes in five days over the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail that runs throughout the state of Alabama.

Now, I’ve been able to "beat" my dad in golf for a while now – I frankly practice and play (and obsess about it) more, and can hit the ball further – but there’s still an edge there. He wants to beat me, and me, him. And, as the week wore on and we grew more and more tired, I struggled with my swing.

I realized I haven’t played a fully healthy, unrestricted round of golf since the fall of 2012 and man, it showed at times. I wasn’t hitting cold shanks, but it was close. So there were a couple times where I became acutely aware that our scores were closer than they should’ve been down the stretch – and my focus definitely intensified and I made sure to grind out a couple pars to "win."

And what was I "winning" exactly? Nothing. We don’t gamble. We don’t really talk too much trash. We just play, and enjoy the time out on the course together. But there’s something about keeping score, even when it’s technically against just the land in front of you, that makes you want to beat someone.

I’ve probably got a decade on Cook, considering I graduated college in 2002 and he has sophomore standing at Oregon. But that wry, youthful smile that crept across his face when talking about beating his pops was very familiar, and one I couldn’t help suppress myself last week.

It’s all in good fun, though – right dad? (You still can’t beat me!)

Jim Owczarski is an award-winning sports journalist and comes to Milwaukee by way of the Chicago Sun-Times Media Network.

A three-year Wisconsin resident who has considered Milwaukee a second home for the better part of seven years, he brings to the market experience covering nearly all major and college sports.

To this point in his career, he has been awarded six national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, breaking news and projects. He is also a four-time nominee for the prestigious Peter J. Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism, presented by the Chicago Headline Club, and is a two-time winner for Best Sports Story. He has also won numerous other Illinois Press Association, Illinois Associated Press and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards.

Jim's career started in earnest as a North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) senior in 2002 when he received a Richter Fellowship to cover the Chicago White Sox in spring training. He was hired by the Naperville Sun in 2003 and moved on to the Aurora Beacon News in 2007 before joining

In that time, he has covered the events, news and personalities that make up the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, NCAA football, baseball and men's and women's basketball as well as boxing, mixed martial arts and various U.S. Olympic teams.

Golf aficionados who venture into Illinois have also read Jim in GOLF Chicago Magazine as well as the Chicago District Golfer and Illinois Golfer magazines.