ELMIREA, N.Y. (Sept. 28, 2008)--Tim Rose of Hiawatha Landing sealed his maiden state championship this morning after the final round of the NYSGA Mid-Am was cancelled with incessant overnight rain making the course unplayable.
NYSGA Executive Director Bill Moore made a decision to cancel the final round at 7.45 a.m. after all hopes of getting the course playable today were lost.
Rose fired rounds of 73 and 72 on Friday and Saturday to hold a one shot advantage over North Country’s Barton Vanleuvan who shot 72 and 74. Rose said he was extremely pleased to win a state championship and convert his recent good form into success in tournament conditions.
“It feels great. The only thing is there is a sense of an asterisk next to the win as the third round was cancelled,” Rose said. “I would have liked to have got the third round in today and had a battle out there, but it obviously wasn’t possible. It turned out well for me though so it feels good.”
Rose has been working at Hiawatha Landing for 15 years after staring as a bag boy. He then earned a degree in turf management from Delhi College and became the assistant superintendant seven years ago, before taking the head position three years later.
Since working as a greens keeper, Rose has found it difficult to play much competitively and has not played in a state championship since the Men’s Amateur in 1994.
“Once I started working it was hard to get the time off in the summer to play in tournaments,” Rose said. “This year I decided to play more though and because I was able to drive down every day I was still able to work in the morning and then go and play.”
Rose said he tries to get out and play nine holes at least two or three times in the week, and then play as much as he can on the weekend with Hiawatha Landing member Mike Dalton, who incidentally finished third in the Championship with 148, three shots behind Rose.
Despite the fact Rose has not travelled great distances to play tournaments in the past, he said he will make an effort to defend his title at Glenn Falls next year.
“I would really like to get out and play again next year,” Rose said. “I mean you almost have to really, so I’m definitely hoping to get out there and maybe play a few more events next year.”
--Story by John Cronly, NYSGA