Stephen Best Memorial
Pro / Superintendent Championship
Sky Creek Golf Club
May 14, 2019
Please join us for the 5th Annual Stephen Best Memorial Pro/Superintendent Championship being hosted at the course he loved and served as Superintendent.
For those of you that did not have the privilege of knowing Stephen Best please enjoy this memorial video.
|Registration||10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.|
|Education Meeting||11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.|
|Lunch||12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.|
Format – Pro / Superintendent Championship or Shamble
(2-man teams or singles will be paired, affiliates are welcome)
Cost – $60.00 per person
Platinum Title Sponsor
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Meet the Host
Our host Superintendent is Bryan Tupa. Originally from North Dakota, Bryan has worked at a variety of golf courses. He started working at a 9 hole municipal course in Beulah, ND at the age of 14 and worked the summer golf seasons throughout high school. After graduating, Bryan attended Bismarck St College and studied Computer Science. While in school he worked at Hawktree Golf Course in Bismarck for 2 years. After really getting involved in the golf business at Hawktree , Bryan decided to make a career out of it. He went on to attend Rutgers University’s Turfgrass Management Program where he graduated in 2005. During his tenure at Rutgers, Bryan did an internship at Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock, CO.
After graduating he was hired on as a crew leader at Castle Pines where he worked for 2 more years and was involved with 3 PGA tournaments. In the spring of 2007 Bryan moved to California for a job at La Costa Resort and Spa. Bryan spent 7 years as the Assistant Superintendent at La Costa and was involved in a 36 hole renovation and 2 LPGA tournaments. In February of 2014 Bryan made the move to Texas for the Superintendent job at Sky Creek Ranch. He currently lives in Keller with his girlfriend Angel and their dog Saydee. Bryan is an avid sports fan. His favorite teams are The Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Blackhawks and the University of North Dakota’s hockey team.
For three quarters of a century, the Jones name has been synonymous with imaginative, well-crafted, environmentally sensitive golf course design. Expanding upon his father’s considerable legacy, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. established Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects – an innovative modern golf course design firm with global reach and a reputation for creating value. Along with his award-winning team, Jones strives to incorporate the unique character and distinct topographical features of each site into the design, diminishing their impact on the environment. As early as the 1970s, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. was introducing new ideas for integrating golf with coastal wetlands and other sensitive environments, enhancing wildlife habitats while creating playable golf courses rich with strategic value.
Jones crafted this Texas golf gem in the old style, leaving the terrain completely natural. Offering a perfect balance of playability and strategy, the course features undulating Bermuda fairways framed by corridors of stately oak trees, including numerous doglegs; meticulously manicured, tiered bentgrass greens; an abundance of white sand bunkers; and breathtaking views. Jones’ reverence for nature is evident in every rugged bend. The picturesque Big Bear Creek comes into play on 16 of the 18 holes, with numerous lakes and tributaries adding to the course’s spectacular beauty…as well as its challenge.
While difficult enough to test the mettle of scratch golfers, multiple tees on each hole enable golfers of all abilities to enjoy the subtle nuances and unique design elements that have brought Jones worldwide acclaim. Among the numerous tournaments that have been held at Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club are the 2007 Texas State Public Links Championships; the 2008 Gateway Tour; the 2008 Texas Mid Amateur Qualifier; and the 2007, 2008, 2012, and 2013 U.S. Amateur Qualifier.