Congratulations to the team of Golf Channel Academy lead coach Brian Jacobs and pro-am partners Jonathan Van Buskirk and Tom Monahan, who carded a final-round, best-ball 11-under-par 62 on Streamsong Black to capture the inaugural GCA Pro-Am Series at Streamsong Resort in Bowling Green, Fla.
It came down to a match of cards with Team Jacobs shooting 6 under over the last six holes on the par-73, Gil Hanse-designed Black Course to edge out Team Chang (GCA lead coach Randy Chang and partners’ Daron Coon, Brad Hunt and Sean Lucero), who were a combined 4 under over the closing stretch of holes. Team Jacobs (65-62) and Team Chang (64-63) both shot 21-under-par (127 total) in the 36-hole Pro-Am, which was contested on Streamsong’s Blue and Black Courses. Each team also got to play a “practice” round on Streamsong’s highly acclaimed Red Course.
Rounding out the top 3 was Team Spradley (GCA lead coach Brech Spradley and partners’ Tres Frey, Kelly Daniel and Monte Glosson), who finished one shot back (64-64-128).
“I told my guys at dinner on Monday night [after the first round] that we could take this,” said Jacobs,who celebrated his victory with a special guest appearance on Golf Channel’s Morning Drivethe following day (see video). “We didn’t play our best on the Blue Course and still shot 65 with two bogeys on a very difficult course, and none of those bogeys came on the last five holes, which were playing into the teeth of the wind. We just needed to relax and play to our potential, and my guys did just that.”
Other Golf Channel Academy lead coaches fielding teams in the Pro-Am included Devan Bonebrake, Garrett Froggatte, Jason Sedan and Rob Strano. Rounding out the field of teaching pros were Proponent Group members Cory Jones and Stephen Bergner.
In addition to 54 holes of golf, each participant was treated to a “Fireside Chat” with award-winning writer and Golf Channel Analyst Jaime Diaz. Blast Motion, one of the hottest technologies in the game today, was also on hand to demonstrate their unique putting sensor and also provide some putting tips. That was followed by a putting contest on the Black’s Putting Course.
Built on an old phosphate mine in the middle of Central Florida, Streamsong looks more like Scotland than it does Florida, and plays like it, too, with undulating terrain, cavernous bunkers, deep fescue and spectacular vistas. The three courses have drawn comparisons to highly acclaimed Bandon Dunes Resort in the Pacific Northwest, and provide a fun, challenging and breathtaking experience for all golfers.
Recently awarded a Golf Digest Editors’ Choice designation as one of the “Best Golf Resorts in The Americas,” Streamsong boasts two courses in Golf Digest’s most recent rankings of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses”— the Red Course at No. 17, and the Blue Course at No. 22. Streamsong Black, which opened last year, was named “Best New Course of 2017” by Golf Magazine.
“Oh my gosh, it was amazing,” said Jacobs. “The resort and the staff were second to none. All three courses are top-notch and each was a little different in their own way. They’re all very challenging, but I think most golfers will find the fairways to be pretty generous. Visually, you could step up on each tee and feel confident, especially on the Black. The sightlines are very clear. And I like how the Black Course mixed in a few risk-reward holes. There were a couple of par-4s you could almost drive. It was a lot of fun to play.”