Cameron Champ was two rounds into his much-anticipated freshman golf season at Texas A&M last month when back stiffness forced him to withdraw from his first college tournament.
Tests revealed a stress fracture. The good news is, Champ, one of most highly regarded junior players to come from Sacramento, should recover fully after some rest and a new fitness regimen to improve his strength and flexibility, Aggies coach J.T. Higgins said.
“It’s healing up nice,” Higgins said. “Now that we know what the problem is, it shouldn’t be a problem anymore.”
The injury is common among young players, Higgins said, because the bodies of players Champ’s age, he’s 19, aren’t developed enough to handle the torque created by their swing speeds. Champ is expected to compete next in December and be ready to roll when Texas A&M starts the spring portion of its schedule in February.
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Superintendents grow as writers
Timber Creek’s Jim Ferrin and WildHawk’s Sam Samuelson have worked in conjunction many times during their 30-plus years as members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.
They have written together once and, as such, are national award winners.
Ferrin and Samuelson co-authored an article entitled: “Fear and Loathing and the ADA” in the January issue of Golf Course Management, the GCSAA’s flagship publication, about how adapting golf courses for Americans with disabilities makes good business sense and is the right thing to do.
The article earned Ferrin and Samuelson the 2014 Leo Feser Award from the GCSAA, given annually to the author of the best superintendent-written story.
“We’re really proud,” Samuelson said. “It’s something we really believe in. Golf is for everybody.”
Ferrin and Samuelson will receive a trip to the 2015 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, Texas, and have their names engraved on a plaque permanently displayed at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan.
Stephen Edman, Scott Gordon, Jake Johnson, Erick Justesen, Ken McCready, Tyler Raber and Cameron Rappleye are players with Sacramento connections competing this week in the first stage of Web.com Tour qualifying at Dayton Valley in Nevada.
▪ Jason Herrera and Wes Sandroni teamed to beat Connor Bell and Stephen Griggs 3 and 2 in the title match of the Sacramento County Four-Ball Championship at Mather.
Call The Bee’s Steve Pajak, (916) 326-5526.