After accomplishing something no other Northern Texas PGA golf professional has done, Stuart Deane competed in May’s HP Byron Nelson Championship at the Four Seasons TPC in Las Colinas.
Deane, the teaching professional at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Arlington, completed a “Grand Slam” on the local level in 2013 when he won all four of the NTPGA’s major stroke play events and then repeated as the Match Play champion. He has now won eight of the last 10 majors.
Deane earlier noted that it was indeed a major accomplishment to win all five events in one season since the Section is noted for having some very good players. “I’ve been lucky enough to play well at the right time,” he said.
He’s no stranger to playing for million-dollar prizes as he won a winner-take-all event sponsored by Donald Trump with a $1 million first prize back in 2006.
Earlier this year, Deane said he was prepared for the challenge, suggesting his game was good enough to to be competitive in the Nelson. “It hasn’t been a birdie fest since the renovations on the course and I’m capable of one- to three-under rounds,” he noted.
Deane also is an assistant golf coach at the University of Texas-Arlington and says playing with the college golfers definitely keeps him on his toes.
Deane previously played in the Nelson in 2008 and 2012, earning the spots with 65s in Monday qualifying at Sherrill Park Golf Course and Lantana Golf Club. He was in 12th place after 54 holes in 2008, but dropped to 49th with a closing 75. He missed the cut in 2012.
Looking back, Deane noted that a wrist injury in 2009 did curtail his game for about 18 months, but he slowly got his game back in shape, allowing him to regain confidence and reaffirm the fact that he can still play at a high level.