Golf Course Management

APR 2014

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72 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.14 Keeping it simple Those stops in South Florida exposed Zendt to a level of player that he had not had the opportunity to study so closely before. And it helped illustrate that his decision to concen - trate on the maintenance side of the game was a wise one. "Especially at McArthur, I got to see and play with a few touring guys, and it was very instructive," Zendt says. "I feel like I can hit it with anybody and that my ball striking is very good, but it comes down to putting and the short game. They were constantly working on those parts of their games, and I just couldn't match that. They were always just one notch higher than I was." During the frst round of the GCSAA Na - tional Championship, however, Zendt was clearly on the top rung of the ladder. At Walt Disney World's Palm Course, he came out of the chutes with a razor-sharp game, carding three birdies on the front nine en route to a 3-under-par 69, which would ultimately be the best score of the entire tournament and gave him a 1-shot lead at the halfway mark. "It's funny, but I was kind of just playing my game and not worrying about my score that entire frst round," Zendt says. "It probably wasn't until the 15th hole, when I made a really good par save, that it really hit home that I was on to some - thing that particular day." A fine finish That momentum carried over to the second round, played on Disney's Magnolia Course, the longtime home to the fnal round of the PGA Tour's Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. A solid 35 on the front nine pushed him to 4-under-par for the tournament and kept him at least a shot clear of his nearest competition, a pack that in - cluded three-time champion Seth Strickland, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Miami Shores Country Club, and Dean Hall, the su - perintendent at Tonto Verde Golf Club in Rio Verde, Ariz. That cushion grew considerably just four holes into the back nine. While his closest com - petitors were faltering, Zendt was surging with birdies on the par-5 10th hole and par-4 13th hole. Standing on the 14th tee, Zendt suddenly found himself four shots clear of the feld. However, any sense of safety he might have been feeling was short-lived. A wayward tee shot on 14 led to Zendt's frst bogey of the day. And when one of his playing partners, Michael Dennis from Royal Perth Golf Club in Austra - lia, birdied the very same hole, that four-shot advantage had been cut in half. "That defnitely got my attention," Zendt says. "That birdie-bogey exchange made things pretty interesting down the stretch." Indeed. Both he and Dennis settled for identical 3s on the par-3 15th hole. On 16, each player found himself putting for birdie, and when Dennis converted his, the specter of another two-shot swing swirled as Zendt stood over his 7-footer. When the ball rolled into the cup, it elicited an emotional fst pump from Zendt, who maintained his two-shot lead with just two holes to play. Again on 17, both players had looks at birdie, but missed their putts. And on 18, with a substantial gallery of fellow superintendents and offcials from both GCSAA and The Toro Co. looking on, both men had to play from Zendt was able to drain several key putts on the back nine during the fnal round, putts that were key in securing his two-shot victory over Michael Dennis from Royal Perth GC in Australia. Editor's note: Complete results from the 2014 GCSAA Golf Championships — from the four-ball competition to individual flights and chapter team results — can be viewed online by visiting gcsaa14/event/gcsaa141/index.htm. Classic I Gross: Brad Legnaioli, Bowes Creek CC, Elgin, Ill.; Net: Jeffrey Hemphill, Nissequogue GC, Huntington, N.Y. Classic II Gross: Monty Ashworth, Heritage Ranch GC, Leonard, Texas; Net: James Alwine, Bernardo Heights CC, San Diego, Calif. Classic III Gross: Robert Kamp, Hobe Sound, Fla.; Net: Ryan Severidt, Olde Farm, Bristol, Va. Classic IV Gross: Kevin Glover, Owensboro (Ky.) CC; Net: William Czekai, Oak Creek CC, Sedona, Ariz. Classic Senior I Gross: David Bermudez, Del Rio CC, Modesto, Calif.; Net: John Briggs, Fox Run GC, St. Louis, Mo. Classic Senior II Gross: Alan Hess, Augusta Pines GC, Spring, Texas; Net: Steve Van Acker, Crystal Lake (Ill.) CC. Classic Super Senior Gross: Ollie Purnell, Roxboro (N.C.) CC; Net: Thomas Athy, Wilderness Ridge GC, Lincoln, Neb. Classic Affliate Gross: Victor Garcia, Advanced Turf Solu - tions, Fishers, Ind.; Net: Micahel Sommer, Simplot Partners, Santa Paula, Calif. Chapter Team Gross Florida No. 1: Deron Zendt, Banyan Golf Club, West Palm Beach; Jason Regan, CC of Ocala; Ken Arsenault, Hayt Golf Learning Center, Jacksonville; Seth Strickland, Miami Shores CC; and Stuart Bothe, Vanderbilt CC, Naples. Chapter Team Net California: David Bermudez, Del Rio CC, Modesto; Jon Maddern, PGA West, Private, La Quinta; Micahel Sommer, Simplot Part - ners, Santa Paula; Paul Mayes, Morongo GC at Tukwet Canyon, Yucaipa; and Rafael Marti - nez, South Hills CC, West Covina. Place Name Scores 1 Deron Zendt 69-70—139 2 Michael Dennis 71-70—141 T3 Dean Hall 72-70—142 T3 Seth Strickland 72-70—142 5 David Brown 72-71—143 6 David Noto 75-72—147 7 Shawn Westacott 72-76—148 T8 Anthony Nysse 75-74—149 T8 Bryce Koch 71-78—149 T10 Andre Aymar 75-75—150 T10 Steven Bernard 74-76—150 T10 David Kohley 70-80—150 GCSAA Golf Championships GCSAA National Championships Top 10 068-075_April14_.indd 72 3/18/14 3:38 PM

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