Golf Course Management

APR 2018

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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68 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 04.18 sure what. As we were walking off, he walked over and told me what had happened and was very honest about it. I think we've all had something like that happen to us in our playing days, but that was really unfortunate for him." It didn't settle matters, though. Strick - land quickly shook off the disappointment from No. 16 with a birdie on the short par-4 17th. Cowan, on the other hand, found him - self going the other direction on 17. His tee shot found the rough just outside a bunker along the right side of the fairway, but he erased that misfire with a nifty approach shot from an awkward stance that landed on the front of the green. The triumph of that shot didn't last long, though, as he proceeded to four-putt from there. In prime position to win just two holes earlier, Cowan went to 18 now tied with Strickland. "Very disappointing," Cowan says. "That's when it started getting tough men - tally. Everybody starts showing up to watch, the pressure goes up a little, and you really have to stay dialed in and keep it composed. I didn't do a very good job of it on that hole, so I just tried to settle down and focus on what I needed to do on 18." Although both players had the length to go for it in two on the par-5 finishing hole, Cowan and Strickland both laid up, meaning each was resting just off the green in three and the tournament would come down to a chipping contest. And on this day, that favored Cowan. He nearly holed his chip shot from just off the right side of the green and tapped in for par, while Strickland again struggled with the wedge, leaving his first attempt well short and finishing with a bogey. Stieler, who had been biding his time behind the two leaders for most of the back nine, had a chance to send the National Championship to a playoff, but his long eagle chip slid just past the hole, so his birdie on 18 left him one shot shy of Cowan, in a tie with Strickland for second place. The team concept Powered by Cowan and Westacott, who would go on to finish alone in fifth place in the National Championship, the No. 1 team from the Lone Star GCSA earned the Chap - ter Team Gross division title. Joining those two on that team were Tanner Chrastecky from The Club at Houston Oaks in Hock- ley, Texas, and Jason Barrington from The Campus Course at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. The Chapter Team Net division crown went to the Midwest Association of GCS No. 3 team. Making up that team were Ste - ven Van Acker, CGCS, from Crystal Lake (Ill.) Country Club; Tommy Witt, CGCS, from Northmoor Country Club in High - land Park, Ill.; Donald Cross, CGCS, from Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, Ill.; and Robert Lively from Edgewood Valley Coun - try Club in La Grange, Ill. Next year's GCSAA Golf Championships returns to San Diego, one of the event's most popular destinations, Feb. 2-4, 2019, and will celebrate Toro's silver anniversary as the tournament's presenting partner. Scott Hollister (shollister@gcsaa.org) is GCM 's editor-in- chief. Cowan did a stint as an assistant superintendent at TPC San Antonio, which made the final round on that facility's Oaks Course a bit of a home game for the current superintendent at the Hills Course at The Hills at Lakeway in Austin, Texas.

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