Golf Grapevine Sept. 25, 2009

The winning golfers from Bellerive Country Club

Here’s your last chance to see quality amateur golf this season: the 2009 USGA Men’s State Team Championship takes place this week at the Country Club of St. Albans. Skip Berkmeyer, Darren Lundgren and Brian Haskell will represent Missouri, and Stan Grossman will captain the Missouri squad.

The Men’s State Team Championship occurs every two years. The field consists of three-man teams from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The teams are made up of non-collegiate amateur golfers from their represented state.

Berkmeyer and Lundgren are no strangers to the tournament, nor are they strangers to St. Albans. Each has competed on the course at the Metropolitan Open Championship. Brian Haskell, who calls St. Joseph home, has qualified for numerous USGA Championships, including the U.S. Amateur Public Links in 2009.

All three are also champions in Missouri Golf Association’s record books. Berkmeyer is the current Missouri Amateur Champion, winning back in June at St. Joseph Country Club. Haskell and Lundgren have both won in 2008. Haskell won the Mid-Am Championship at Kansas City Country Club.

Metropolitan Open

Skip Berkmeyer’s wait is finally over. One of the Midwest’s top amateur players, Berkmeyer, from Town and Country, fashioned a 2-over-par 72 to post a 2-stroke win over Ted Maloney and capture his first Metropolitan Amateur golf championship at Bellerive Country Club. Entering final-round play with a one-stroke lead on Maloney and 20-year-old Scott Langley, Berkmeyer maintained his narrow margin with solid play throughout the round on the par-70, 7,100-yard layout.

“This means a lot, but to be honest I didn’t feel like I had anything to prove this week,” says Berkmeyer. “I was very low key, and sometimes when your expectations are low good things happen.” He finished with a three-round total of 214, two strokes better than Maloney and three ahead of Duke University standout Adam Long. Long’s 68 was the low round of the day. Langley and Jim Holtgrieve rounded out the top five, both finishing at 218.

Bellerive vs. Old Warson

Teams representing Bellerive Country Club and Old Warson Country Club recently played against each other at Bellerive. Each club had a team that consisted of 24 two-man teams and 18-hole matches were played over two days. Bellerive defeated Old Warson 76.5 to 67.5.

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