Lynn Cormier wins Greater Houston Super Senior Championship
Who says golf lessons don’t pay off?
Lynn Cormier is proof positive that with the right instruction, a person can elevate their golf game. At any age.
Cormier, who did not even pick up the sport until age 40, started his sessions in 2007 at GolfTEC from director of instruction Doug Strawbridge, going from a 16 handicap to scratch in just three years.
The lessons are still paying dividends for Cormier, now at age 68. On Saturday, Cormier won the super senior division of the 2020 Greater Houston Senior City Amateur Golf Championship at Gus Wortham Golf Course.
“I wish I would have started (playing) younger,” Cormier said. “When it’s on it’s on, and when it’s off, it’s golf.”
Cormier’s game is usually on, and he’s made up for lost time. Capturing the Houston city senior amateur in his division for the first time is the latest of a long list of accomplishments on the links for the Missouri City resident who plays out of Sweetwater Country Club, where he is a seven-time senior club champion and where he won the club championship in 2014.
At the 2014 World Handicap Challenge in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Cormier tied for low gross from among more than 3,000 competitors. In addition, he was named senior club player of the year at the Houston Amateur Golf Channel Tour in Houston. All in all, Cormier has won tournaments at the local, state and national level.
In the 2019 super senior division at Gus Wortham, Cormier shared third place. This year, his 4-over-par 146 was three less shots than Gary Noto (League City) and Kent Samuel (The Woodlands), who shared second place at 7 over. Last year’s winner Chuck Reeve (Houston) finished fourth at 8 over.
Cormier, whose career low round is 65 at Sweetwater, shot even par over the final 18 holes over Gus Wortham to secure the victory and first-place trophy of the tournament that is conducted by the Houston Golf Association. He came into the final round in third place at 4 over, just a shot behind first-round co-leaders Matthew Martin (Houston) and Jamey Freisleben (Montgomery).
For Saturday’s final round, the weather was ideal for golf on a sunny day with high temperature in the low 80s.
“The weather was perfect, the course is in great shape, it’s a fun course,” said Cormier, who is a regional product manager for United Rental Trench Safety.
For the super seniors, Gus Wortham played to around 6,000 yards.
“It wasn’t a long course, you have to hit fairways and keep it in play, and the greens are the tough part of that course because if you miss the green, it’s pretty hard because the greens are so fast,” Cormier said. “If you missed it, you had a hard time getting up and down for par.”
Cormier’s strength is his driving and short game.
“I have a really good short game, chipping up and down,” Cormier said. “This weekend I kept (the ball) in the short grass and I putted real well. I handled the speed of the greens really well which is critical.”
Everyone has a different story on how they got involved in golf. For Cormier it was when he married his second wife Lu, an avid golfer.
“I told her you can get rid of those clubs because you will never catch me playing golf,” Cormier said. “We went to a friend’s house one day and he lives on a golf course and we went and hit balls on the range and I was like, ‘Wow, this could be fun.’ You hit that one good shot and you get hooked. That was it.”
Cormier credits GolfTEC and Strawbridge for his development as a competitive golfer. They pretty much started Cormier with the basics, changing his grip as well as his full-swing mechanics.
“I had no consistency on my swing before,” Cormier said. “When I hit the ball I didn’t know where it was going. Now I have a direction and an aiming point to start at.
“It worked out well because you could see it on the monitors and you could see your ball flight, see your swing in slow motion. That’s what helped me a lot, I could see what I was doing wrong instead of somebody telling you what you are doing wrong. I work really hard on my game. You just have to work at it.”