Four-time City Men's Open golf champion Dick Stuntz has added a national championship to his accomplishments.
Stuntz, Alvamar's golf superintendent, won the 36-hole Golf Course Superintendents Association national championship on Jan. 25-26 at Steele Canyon CC in San Diego, Calif.
Stuntz rallied from five strokes down on the final day to shoot 72 and clip Duke University Golf Course superintendent Paul Jett by one stroke. Stuntz shot a 75 on the first day.
A total of 450 superintendents competed.
"This might be the biggest win," said Stuntz, 40, speaking in career terms. "As far as golf accomplishments, my USGA Mid-Amateur finish in 1988 might be a little more significant."
STUNTZ REACHED the quarterfinals of that event, beating two Walker Cup players in the process.
"This is important to me, because I was playing with all my peers," Stuntz said. "It was an objective of mine to win it."
Stuntz, who has played in the tournament 12 times, has finished in the top ten several times, placing second in 1982.
Stuntz was able to fly to San Diego a week early to work on his game.
"When I left on the trip, I thought my chances were reduced because I hadn't had a chance to play any," said Stuntz, hampered by an unusually cold, snowy winter.
"I didn't shoot well in practice rounds prior to the tournament. I shot in the 80s and high 70s. The day before the final practice round I played horrible golf. I was our of sync. I was hoping it'd straighten out. The next day on the practice tee I was able to get my tempo down."
IN THE TOURNAMENT, he had two birdies, six bogeys and the rest pars.
"I played a real solid round the last day," said Stuntz, playing four or five groups behind the leaders. "I really felt I could win, because I knew I was not too far behind. I think it's an advantage to be playing in front of the leaders. You're not constantly thinking how you stand in the tournament.
"I was five strokes behind. That's pushing it a bit. I think being two or three strokes behind is the easiest way to win a tournament. You hear the term, `Post the score and let them shoot at it.'''