"I have bragging rights for life," she tells PEOPLE as the duo join forces in Vegas for his charity

By Mark Gray
October 16, 2009 10:00 AM
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Justin Timberlake has golfed with professionals, friends and fellow celebrities, but there is one loss on the links that he won’t soon forget – he was outdone by his mother!

“I have, on occasion, actually beaten him straight up,” Timberlake’s mother Lynn Harless told PEOPLE Thursday as she hosted the Wives Luncheon, an event she coordinated for the better halves of professional golfers as part of the week-long Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

“He took my husband [Paul Harless] and me on a golf trip one time and they were surprised at the end when they added up the scores and I was one up on them,” Harless said. “I have bragging rights for life.”

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The mom-and-son duo joined forces to plan the Thursday afternoon event for the spouses of 150 PGA players because “we realized that none of the other tournaments really do anything for the wives,” said Harless. Like them, “We live on the road. We live out of a suitcase. We’re all long distance. I understand what it’s like being a traveling support system like our family is.”

Timberlake echoed his mom’s respect for the women, telling the PGA Wives Association who gathered for lunch at Vegas’s Design Center inside the World Market Center, “We want to make this one of the biggest parts of the week.”

Timberlake is in the second year of a five-year deal he inked to host the golf tournament in Vegas. The tournament features a golf clinic for children, celebrity pro-am tournament, and is capped off by the JT and Friends Concert Saturday at Mandalay Bay.