Golf Course Management

APR 2014

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74 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.14 greenside bunkers and carded bogeys, which for Zendt was more than enough to secure his frst GCSAA National Championship title. "Until I blasted out of that bunker on 18 and got a look at the 12-footer I had left, I didn't relax at all," Zendt says. "That was the only real moment when I felt like I had it in control. When the ball stopped on the green, I had a sense I was very close." Zendt had been in contention previously at the GCSAA National Championship and has plenty of winning experience in county, regional and state golf events, so the triumph in Orlando wasn't his frst rodeo. But it's clear that it's already one of his favorites. "It was a huge help as far as having expe - rience being in the hunt for tournaments and pulling out the wins," he says. "I'm fortunate to have a couple of match play, better ball, best ball wins in my past. "But this one, from the magnitude of it to the tradition, this one takes the cake. It's right up there with anything I've ever accomplished on the golf course. GCSAA and Toro really put on a great show with this tournament, so to win it is very, very special for me." Chapter crowns Dennis fnished alone in second place in the national championship with his two-day total of 3-under-par 141. Strickland and Hall both ended the tournament at 2-under-par 142 and tied for third. 2011 champion David Brown, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Flat - irons Golf Course in Boulder, Colo., was the only other competitor to fnish under par, at 1-under 143. That was good enough to earn Brown the senior division title, the third time he has claimed that honor since GCSAA began awarding it in 2010. In the chapter team competition, the No. 1 team from the Florida GCSA rode Zendt's mo - mentum to the gross division championship. Zendt was joined in that effort by Strickland; Jason Regan, the GCSAA Class A superinten - dent at Country Club of Ocala; Ken Arsenault, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Hayt Golf Learning Center in Jacksonville; and Stu - art Bothe, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Vanderbilt Country Club in Naples. The chapter team net title went to the team from the California GCSA, a team that in - cluded David Bermudez, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at Del Rio Country Club in Modesto; Jon Maddern, CGCS, superinten - dent at the Private Courses at PGA West in La Quinta; Michael Sommer from Simplot Part - ners in Santa Paula; Paul Mayes, CGCS, su- perintendent at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon in Yucaipa; and Rafael Martinez, the GCSAA Class A superintendent at South Hills Country Club in West Covina. A platinum anniversary The GCSAA Golf Championships of - fered more to celebrate than just Zendt's win- ning performance during its four days in and around Walt Disney World's Grand Floridian Resort. The 2014 playing of the event marked the 20th consecutive year of the partnership between the event and The Toro Co., and the two entities added to the occasion by announc - ing an extension of Toro's sponsorship during the playing of this year's tournament (see sidebar). This year's event attracted 401 total com - petitors to central Florida. In addition to the 89 players in the National Championship, 218 took part in the two-day Golf Classic, 285 in the one-day four-ball and another 74 in the Monday shamble tournament. Play in this year's tournament was spread across fve Orlando-area favorites — Dis - ney's Magnolia, Palm and Lake Buena Vista courses, and a pair of courses owned and op - erated by Marriott Golf, Hawk's Landing and Grande Pines. Next year, the GCSAA Golf Champion - ships travel to the Lone Star State for a visit to San Antonio, the frst time the event has been in that city since 2001. The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa and the 36-hole TPC San Antonio facility will serve as 2014 hosts. Scott Hollister ( is GCM's editor-in- chief. Four Ball I Gross: Dean Hall, Tonto Verde GC, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Edward Shimkus, GC of Scottsdale (Ariz.); Net: David Johnson, High Point (N.C.) CC and Doug Lowe, Greensboro (N.C.) CC Four Ball II Gross: Stephen Miles, Preserve GC, Mobile, Ala., and Jeremy Stevens, Preserve GC, Ocean Springs, Miss.; Net: Josh Saunders, Longue Vue Club, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Ryan Severidt, Olde Farm, Bristol, Va. Four Ball III Gross: Paul Mayes, Morongo GC at Tukwet Canyon, Yucaipa, Calif., and Michael Sommer, Simplot Part - ners, Santa Paula, Calif.; Net: James Devaney, Bal- tusrol GC, Springfeld, N.J., and Dan Kilpatrick, Bal- tusrol GC, Springfeld, N.J. Shamble Brent Gentel, Starmount Forest CC, Kernersville, N.C.; David Johnson, High Point (N.C.) CC, Willow Creek Course; Doug Lowe, Greensboro (N.C.) CC; and Keith Wood, Sedgefeld CC, Greensboro, N.C. Toro extends sponsorship of GCSAA Golf Championships The long-standing relationship between The Toro Co. and the GCSAA Golf Cham- pionships, which celebrated its 20th con- secutive year in Orlando, will continue for at least three more years. Toro and GCSAA announced a three- year extension of the partnership during the playing of the 2014 tournament, an agreement that carries the partnership through 2017. "The Toro Co. has been a longtime partner of the GCSAA Golf Championships and has helped us transform this event from a member tournament to a premier, multi-event networking opportunity that is a huge part of our annual Golf Industry Show," said Rhett Evans, GCSAA CEO. Toro frst began serving as the event's presenting partner in 1995. "This has been a rewarding partner- ship for The Toro Co. and one that we are pleased to be continuing for another three years," said Darren Redetzke, vice presi- dent, commercial business for Toro. "It is a unique opportunity to bring together such an elite group of experts from one of our key audiences and facilitate their sharing of best practices through a fun and competi- tive environment." 068-075_April14_.indd 74 3/18/14 3:38 PM

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