USGA Mens State Team Blog – Wrap-up

(NOTE: AGA Director of Rules and Competitions, Scott McNevin, is blogging from the USGA Mens State Team Championship, at The Country Club of St. Albans, just west of St. Louis, Missouri. Michael Wog II, Chris Kessler and Dalen Linnerson are the three AGA players representing Arizona in the Championship. The first round began on Wednesday.)
Team Arizona survived the 8th USGA State Team Championship, at The Country Club of St. Albans. With the USGA implementing a cut, Arizona finished in 24th place after the final round. Although the weather was forecasted to be another rainy day, we teed off just to overcast skies. By the time we were through our 5th hole of the day (#14 hole, as we teed off #10 to start), the skies were completely blue, the best weather we had seen all week. For the final round, Chris Kessler fired 73, with Dalen Linnerson shooting a 77. Michael Wog fired a 78.
Overall we had a great time, and the Arizona players experienced a great USGA Championship. From the 3 ½” rough, to the long yardage and tough hole locations, the event was set-up to the USGA standards… difficult, but fair. The highlight of the trip was the hospitality from the all the staff and members of The Country Club of St. Albans. Some players might remember the birdies, the neat player key chain / ball marker and headcover they received, or even the great bacon they served at the golf course. Our team from Arizona will remember the championship for the friendliness and generosity of the membership, from the team BBQ hosted at one of the member’s homes, to the Arizona host “mom” serving us brownies and cookies on the course, while she was volunteering and collecting scores for live-scoring.