Golf Course Management

APR 2018

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64 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.18 In 2016, he finished alone in second place behind Shawn Westacott from Meridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas, but was a full four shots off the winning pace and never seriously challenged his fellow Texan. Last year, he tied for third behind eventual champion Mike Stieler, CGCS, from Spring Creek Golf and Country Club in Ripon, Calif., again four shots be - hind the winner. That time, though, Cowan put himself in a position to win down the stretch but played himself out of contention to win title No. 2 by going 5 over par on the final five holes. As disappointing as both of those experiences were for Cowan, he says they were educational opportunities, and the lessons he learned prepared him to come through when the opportunity presented itself again this year in San Antonio. "After going through what happened last year in Orlando and then coming up a little short the year before that, I felt like I could handle the situation better," Cowan says. "Most of us in this tournament don't get a lot of opportunities to play in situ - ations like this one very much, to feel that kind of pressure and have to perform under it. Having been in that spot in each of the last two years, I just felt like I was better prepared to handle it this time around." That experience showed through loud and clear during the first round of the National Championship at Cordillera Ranch Golf Club — the same course he had conquered for his one- round victory in 2015. After a rough start that saw him open with bogeys on the first two holes, Cowan rallied to post a 2-under-par 70 that gave him a one-shot lead after 18 holes. But it was clear from those who made up the pack of con - tenders right behind Cowan on the leaderboard that the final round would test his playing ability and his nerves. Tied for second after 1-under-par 71s in the opening round were three- time champion Seth Strickland from Miami (Fla.) Shores Country Club and David Noto from Mossy Creek Golf Club in Cleveland, Ga. Also lurking near the lead were three other past champions — Stieler and 1998 champion Alan Pondel, CGCS, from Crys - tal Woods Golf Course in Crystal Lake, Ill., both opened play GCSAA Golf Championships Classic I Gross: Palmer Rolfes, Idle Hour Golf Club, Macon, Ga. Net: Andy Cordova, Cypress Ridge Golf Course, Arroyo Grande, Calif. Classic II Gross: Josh Saunders, Longue Vue Club, Verona, Pa. Net: Matt Flory, Westmoreland Country Club, Wilmette, Ill. Classic III Gross: Mark Reid, Breakers Inc., Palm Beach, Fla. Net: Corey Haney, Washington Golf and Country Club, Arlington, Va. Classic IV Gross: Christopher Harriman, Cattail Creek Country Club, Glenwood, Md. Net: Earl Snowden, Brookhaven Country Club, Dallas Classic Senior I Gross: Dennis Vogt, Glenmoor Country Club, Englewood, Colo. Net: Frank Kohman, Cool Springs Golf Course, Onaga, Kan. Classic Senior II Gross: David Brown, Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder, Colo. Net: Les Kennedy, CGCS, Blind Brook Club, Purchase, N.Y. Classic Senior III Gross: Alan Hess, CGCS, MG, Augusta Pines Golf Club, Spring, Texas. Net: Ronald Nolf, CGCS Retired, Vista, Calif. Classic Affiliate Gross: Matt Modica, Huntsman Tree Supplier, Lake City, Fla. Net: Paul Carlson, Syngenta Crop Protection LLC, St. Louis Four Ball I Gross: Jason Regan, Biltmore Golf Course, Miami and Seth Strickland, Miami Shores Country Club, Miami. Net: Cordie Morgan, Milliken and Co., Spartanburg, S.C., and Michael Basile, Milliken and Co., San Jose, Calif. Four Ball II Gross: Matthew Dachowski, Lake Merced Golf Club, Daly City, Calif., and Michael Dachowski, Shelter Harbor Golf Club, Charleston, R.I. Net: Doug Middleton, Ocean Organics, Ann Arbor, Mich., and Jacob Heppell, San Antonio Country Club. Four Ball III Gross: Clint Tolbert, Nanea Golf Club, Kailua Kona, Hawaii, and Erik Larsson, Canadaigua (N.Y.) Country Club. Net: Michael King, Mount Vernon Country Club, Alexandria, Va., and Scott Furlong, Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Gainesville, Va. Scramble I Nathan Glaser, Heritage Palms Golf Club, Indio, Calif.; Tyler Tang, The Club at Morningside, Rancho Mirage, Calif.; Jared Stanek, Desert Willow Golf Resort, Palm Desert, Calif.; and Dean Miller, Arcis Golf, The Colony, Texas. Scramble II Tim Kreger, Carolinas GCSA, Liberty, S.C.; Chuck Connolly, Smithfield Country Club, Easley, S.C.; Steve Hamilton, The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and William Kennon, CGCS, Myers Park Country Club, Charlotte, N.C. Chapter Team Gross Lone Star GCSA No. 1: Matt Cowan, Hills Course at The Hills of Lakeway, Austin, Texas; Shawn Westacott, Maridoe Golf Club, Carrollton, Texas; Tanner Chrastecky, The Club at Houston Oaks, Hockley, Texas; and Jason Barrington, The Campus Course at Texas A&M, College Station, Texas. Chapter Team Net Midwest Association of GCS No. 3: Steven Van Acker, CGCS, Crystal Lake (Ill.) Country Club; Tommy Witt, CGCS, Northmoor Country Club, Highland Park, Ill.; Donald Cross, CGCS, Skokie Country Club, Glencoe, Ill.; and Robert Lively, Edgewood Valley Country Club, La Grange, Ill. Cowan (third from left) was presented with the GCSAA National Championship trophy by (from left to right) Bill H. Maynard, CGCS, 2017 GCSAA president; Gary Dorsch, regional business manager for Toro; Darren J. Davis, CGCS, 2018 GCSAA president; Tony Ferguson, Toro's senior golf marketing and business development manager; and Rhett Evans, GCSAA CEO. Editor's note: Complete results from the 2018 GCSAA Golf Champion- ships — from the Four-Ball Competition to individual flights and chapter team results — can be viewed online at National Championship Top 10 Place Name Score 1 Matt Cowan 70-76—146 T2 Seth Strickland 71-76—147 T2 Michael Stieler, CGCS 73-74—147 4 Brett Woodward 76-74—150 5 Shawn Westacott 74-77—151 6 David Noto 71-81—152 7 John Gianopoulos 76-79—155 T8 Alan Pondel, CGCS 74-84—158 T8 Paul McLean 75-83—158 T8 Aaron Clary 81-77—158 T8 Brian Racette 77-81—158

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