Golf Course Management

APR 2013

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GCSAA Golf Championships Editor's note: Complete results from the 2013 GCSAA Golf Championships — from the four-ball competition to individual flights and chapter team results — can be viewed online by visiting http://gcsaa.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/gcsaa13/event/gcsaa131/index.htm. GCSAA National Championship Top 10 Place 1 T2 T2 T2 5 6 T7 T7 9 T10 T10 T10 T10 T10 Name Charles Costello David Buckles Scott Fogg Michael Stieler Jim Torba Jeffrey Pint Shawn Westacott Dean Hall Bryce Koch Seth Strickland Stuart Rowland Timothy Knutson Greg Bond Chester Guzek Classic I Gross: John Hardin, Moreno Valley (Calif.) GC; Net: Christopher Thuer, Bear Slide GC, Cicero, Ind. Classic II Gross: Jeffrey Hemphill, Nissequogue GC, Huntington, N.Y.; Net: Karl Olson, New Mexico State University GC, Las Cruces, N.M. Classic III Gross: Tyson Thill, Gleneagles CC, Plano, Texas; Net: Kevin Glover, Owensboro (Ky.) CC Classic IV Gross: James Devaney, Baltusrol GC, Springfeld, N.J.; Net: Gregory Hrycyk, PGA West Stadium Clubhouse, Indio, Calif. Classic Senior I Gross: Dennis Medeiros, Shawnee CC, Lima, Ohio; Net: David Bermudez, Del Rio CC, Modesto, Calif. Classic Senior II Gross: Timothy Davis, Shoreacres, Lake Bluff, Ill.; Net: Bradford Coole, Rolling Hills CC, Newburgh, Ind. Classic Super Senior Gross: Robert Kronn, Woodstock (Ill.) CC; Net: Jesse Miller, Alice (Texas) Municipal GC Classic Affliate Gross: Mike Ligon, Jacobsen West, Hayward, Calif.; Net: Michael Sommer, Simplot Partners, Santa Paula, Calif. Chapter Team Gross Cactus and Pine GCSA: Darrin Baker, Oro Valley (Ariz.) CC; Charles Costello, Phoenix (Ariz.) CC; Dean Hall, Tonto Verde GC, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Edward Shimkus, The GC Scottsdale (Ariz.) Scores 73-74—147 74-74—148 77-71—148 78-70—148 73-76—149 77-74—151 75-77—152 76-76—152 73-80—153 75-80—155 75-80—155 76-79—155 78-77—155 79-76—155 Chapter Team Net Midwest Association of GCS: Donald Cross, Skokie CC, Glencoe, Ill.; Alan Fierst, The Oak Park CC, Chicago; Robert Maibusch, Hinsdale GC, Willowbrook, Ill.; Tommy Witt, Northmoor CC, Highland Park, Ill.; and Scott Witte, Cantigny Golf, Wheaton, Ill. Four Ball I Gross: Dean Hall, Tonto Verde GC, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Edward Shimkus, The Golf Club Scottsdale (Ariz.); Net: David B. Johnson, High Point (N.C.) CC and Douglas Lowe, Greensboro (N.C.) CC Four Ball II Gross: Terry Grasso, Sequoyah CC, Oakland, Calif., and Mike Ligon, Jacobsen West, Hayward, Calif. Net: David Dudones, North Jersey CC, Wayne, N.J., and James Swiatlowski, Montammy GC, Alpine, N.J. Four Ball III Gross: Brian Darrock, Fairbanks Ranch CC, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and David Major, The GC Tierra Oaks, Redding, Calif; Net: Scott Furlong, Robert Trent Jones GC, Gainesville, Va., and Michael King, Mount Vernon CC, Alexandria, Va. Shamble Scott Main, Turning Stone Resort, Verona, N.Y.; Mason Swancott, Turning Stone Resort, Verona, N.Y.; Matt Falvo, Turning Stone Resort, Verona, N.Y.; and Erik Larsson, Atunyote Courses at Turning Stone Resort, Verona, N.Y. my sand wedge. "But it fnally dawned on me that I didn't need to use a putter that looked like a sand wedge, I just needed to change my stance to mimic that look. I made just a few changes, and I'd been putting and playing the best golf of my life the last couple of weeks before the event." That's saying something, considering Costello has lived a life never far removed from the golf course. He's a self-described "golf rat," who worked all around the golf course as a teen, played two years of junior college golf at the New Mexico Military Institute before walking on for two more years at New Mexico State and spent fve years as a golf pro in Maryland before answering his true call on the agronomic side of the game. "I think I found success as a superintendent because I've had a small amount of success as a golfer," says Costello, who's been at Phoenix Country Club since 1997. "I know everyone is different and has different paths to success, but for me, playing the game has helped in my job." Bragging rights Paced by Costello's winning performance, the chapter team gross division title returned to the Arizona desert, as well, with the Cactus and Pines GCSA winning that competition. Costello was joined on that winning team by Darin Baker, CGCS at Oro Valley Country Club in Tucson, Ariz.; Dean Hall, superintendent at Tonto Verde Golf Club in Tempe, Ariz.; and Edward Shimkus, the Class A superintendent at Golf Club Scottsdale (Ariz.). The net division title in the chapter team competition went to the No. 4 team from the Midwest Association of GCS, which consisted of Donald Cross, CGCS at Skokie (Ill.) Country Club; Alan Fierst, the Class A golf operations manager at The Oak Park Country Club in River Grove, Ill.; Robert Maibusch, CGCS at Hinsdale Golf Club in Clarendon Hills, Ill.; Tommy Witt, CGCS at Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill.; and Scott Witte, CGCS at Catigny Golf in Wheaton, Ill. The 2014 GCSAA Golf Championships will take place in Orlando, Fla., as a part of the week-long activities surrounding the GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show. GCM Scott Hollister (shollister@gcsaa.org) is GCM's editor in chief. 88 GCM April 2013

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