Event: 30th Tennessee Men's Mid-Amateur Championship
Host Site: Spring Creek Ranch - Collierville, Tennessee
Playing Dates: September 7-9, 2017
Cooper Clinches the 30th Tennessee Mid-Am Championship
Matt Cooper fires Even Par en route to a Victory
Collierville, TENN (September 9th, 2017) 3rd Round Review of Men’s Mid-Amateur at Spring Creek Ranch in Collierville, Tenn. from Saturday, September 9thth (Par 36-36—72, Yards: 6907).
The best way to describe the 3rd and final round of the 30th Tennessee Mid-Amateur Championship was a roller coaster ride. It was an up and down day for everyone that was in the final group.
Local Memphian, Matt Cooper, was able to hold off all of his competitors en route to winning his first Tennessee Golf Association Championship since winning the 1996 TGA Junior Amateur Championship. Cooper started off with four straight pars followed by one of his two birdies on the front nine. The par-4 6th hole was the most difficult hole on the week and proved that with Cooper making his lone bogey on the front nine on that very hole. He made a birdie on the 9th hole to make the turn at 1-under and carried a 5 shot lead over Whit Turnbow to the back nine.
The big drop in the roller coaster round started immediately on the back nine with Cooper making a bogey on the 10th. On the 11th hole it looked like the wheels were about to come off for both competitors when both made a double-bogey 6 on the difficult par-4. Cooper was able to right the ship immediately making pars at the next 4 holes. Turnbow made a bogey at the par-4 12th and was now staring a 5-shot deficit with just 6 holes to play. Turnbow turned it on in those last 6 holes making 4 birdies coming in including birdies on 16, 17, and 18. Cooper, however, was able to make 2 birdies in the last 3 holes and never let Turnbow get within 3 shots of the lead.
As their fellow-competitor and former player under Turnbow at Middle Tennessee State, Spencer Provow, said, “It’s hard to punch back when you are already on the ground”. Other than the two hole stretch to start the back nine, Cooper looked like he was in control of the Championship from the beginning.
We would like to thank everyone that participated this week at this wonderful championship. Thank you to Spring Creek Ranch for allowing us to use this wonderful facility all week.
In 1914, the Tennessee Golf Association (TGA) was organized at Memphis Country Club as an association of five private clubs. The objective of the Association, as stated in its Constitution, "shall be to promote the game of golf in Tennessee." From these small origins the TGA has become an association which now includes over 200 member clubs, courses, and organizations, comprised of over 32,000 individuals from across the state.