All Eyes on Bellerive
It's getting closer…soon, St. Louis will be hosting the top senior professional golfers in the world.
Defending champion Roger Chapman of England, who turned in perhaps golf's most amazing success story of 2012, heads a stellar list of 23 international entries for the 74th Senior PGA Championship May 21 to 26 at Bellerive Country Club.
Chapman, who turns 54 on May 1, stunned the golf world last year at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich., by capturing the Senior PGA Championship. It was Chapman's first professional victory since 2000. Less than two months later, he went on to win the U.S. Senior Open title. In the process, he became the first Englishman to win a Senior PGA Championship and third from his homeland to win on the Champions Tour.
At Bellerive, Chapman will be part of a 156-player field representing 12 countries in the most historic and prestigious event in senior golf. Chasing Chapman for a senior crown is Germany's Bernhard Langer, who owns 17 Champions Tour titles since joining the circuit in 2007, and two top-five finishes in the Senior PGA Championship.
It will mark the second senior major conducted at Bellerive (the first was when Peter Jacobsen won the U.S. Senior Open in 2004). This is the first time Bellerive will host the Senior PGA Championship; and with it, Bellerive becomes only the third club in the U.S. to host all four traveling men’s professional major championships.
Joining Chapman among the early entrants are four other former Senior PGA champions: U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson (2001, '11), Hale Irwin (1996, '97, '98, '2004), Tom Wargo (1993) and Mike Reid (2005).
There currently are 12 past major champions in the field: Mark Calcavecchia, Irwin, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Andy North, Mark O'Meara, Nick Price, Scott Simpson, Jeff Sluman, Curtis Strange, Watson, and Ian Woosnam.
Other notable commitments are two-time PGA Championship winner – including the 1992 PGA Championship played at Bellerive – and British Open winner Nick Price, as well as two-time U.S. Open winner and current ESPN analyst, Andy North.
For ticket info, call 800-PGA-GOLF (742-4653) or visit pga.com.
High School Boys Golf
The season is underway and everyone is playing with the goal of reaching state next month.
Once again, the region has many talented youngsters out on the fairways. Two of the area's best are Marquette senior Zack Gollwitzer, who has signed to play at the University of Akron; and Ladue senior Seth Smith, who has signed to play at Kansas State.
Among teams, Whitfield has won the Class 2 state tournament for the past three years but coach Harold Barker's squad of Wildcats was hit hard by graduation. De Smet Jesuit has six players back from last year’s team that finished sixth in the Class 4 state tournament. Westminster Christian Academy has three players back from last year’s squad that wound up third in the Class 3 state tournament.
Metropolitan Amateur Match Play Championship
The 2013 Metropolitan Amateur Match Play Championship field of 16 for the May 4 and 5 event has been finalized. This annual competition featuring the top players from the previous season will be conducted again at Old Warson Country Club.
Two-time defending champion Justin Bryant has moved on to the professional ranks, which opens the door for a new champion in 2013. Five-time champion of this event, Skip Berkmeyer, will be the top seed after his 2012 Player of the Year performance.
The remainder of the 16-player field is: Joe Migdal, Jeff Johnson, Ted Moloney, Phil Caravia, Andy Frost, Kevin Bell, Brian Bohme, Tommy Ponce, Garrett Sneed, Mike Ehlers, Alex Cusumano, Mike Kendrick, Matt McKiernan, Corey Choate and Tommie Wuennenberg.
The 2013 Gateway Cup Matches ended in a 14-14 tie, meaning the Gateway PGA retains the cup for another year of bragging rights.
A total of 28 of the the area's best golfers--amateurs and professionals, public course golfers, country club golfers, public course pros and country club pros--dueled over the two-day event until the end.
The final 14-14 tie came down to the very last match. The amateurs needed just a half point from the last two matches to claim the title, but were unable to get it.
Participants included Andy Fogarty, Brian Fogt, Patrick Britt, Ryan Roy, Eli Grant, JC Anderson, Ted Moloney, Gideon Smith, Brett Meeske, Brett Moomey, Scott Edwards, Jeff Whitfield, Jeff Johnson, Nash Haxel, Tom Barry, JD Auping, Brevin Giebler, Scott Brauer, Andy Frost, Ty Zimmerman, Joe Migdal, Rob Sedorcek, Chad Niezing, Mike Tucker, Phil Caravia, Mike Suhre, Skip Berkmeyer and Bob Gaus.
Missouri Women's Golf Association
The Missouri Women’s Golf Association will be visiting Franklin County Country Club in Washington during May 21 and 22 when they meet for MWGA’s 15th Two Lady Scramble Tournament. Women from all corners of Missouri join MWGA for the pursuit of one common goal--their love of golf and the promotion of the game for all women in Missouri. Next month, 60 MWGA teams will descend upon Washington to tee it up for the first event of the season.
The Two Lady Scramble tournament ranks among the favorite tournaments of MWGA members, as it is a friendly format that women can compete in a fun atmosphere on some of the most entertaining venues in the state. Franklin County Country Club is a beautiful layout with rolling hills and undulating greens.
MAGA's New Location
The Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association has moved. The new office is 11777 Clayton Road in Des Peres. MAGA’s new phone number is 567-6242.
Here is the schedule for some of the major amateur tournaments set for his year.
METROPOLITAN AMATEUR GOLF ASSOCIATION
Match Play Championship, May 4-5, Old Warson CC; US Open Local Qualifying, May 15, Aberdeen GC; Normandie Amateur, May 18-19, Normandie GC; US Women’s Amateur Public Links Qualifying, May 24, Sunset CC; US Women’s Open Qualifying, May 28, Algonquin GC; US Open Sectional Qualifying, June 3, Old Warson CC; East Side Amateur, June 8-9, Lockhaven GC; US Amateur Public Links Qualifying, June 10-11, Clinton Hill GC; US Senior Open Qualifying, June 24, Quincy CC; US Junior Girls’ Amateur Qualifying, June 26, Bogey Hills CC; US Junior Amateur Qualifying, July 1, WingHaven CC; Open Championship, July 11-13, CC of St. Albans; MAGA Women’s Amateur, July 16-17, St. Louis CC; US Amateur Qualifying, July 18-19, Norwood Hills CC; MAGA Amateur Championship, Aug. 1-3, Persimmon Woods GC; USGA Senior Amateur Qualifying, Aug. 8, Whitmoor CC; MAGA Senior Amateur Championship, Aug. 19-20, Sunset CC; US Mid-Amateur Qualifying, Aug. 26, Forest Hills CC; MAGA Net Four-Ball Championship, Sept. 28-29, Lockhaven GC.
ST. LOUIS DISTRICT GOLF ASSOCIATION
Jack Geiss 2 Man Team, April 21, Sunset Hills CC; District Challenge, May 1, Persimmon Woods GC; Bob Cochran Mid-Am, May 13, Fox Run GC; Hardin Junior Championship, June 12-13, Greenbriar Hills CC; Etzkorn Pro 3-Senior, June 26, Lake Forest CC; Greisedieck Men’s Championship, July 25-28, Whitmoor CC; Salomon Father & Son, Aug. 2, CC of St. Albans; Cassett Senior Championship, Aug. 27-28, Westborough CC; Jim Benson Memorial, Sep. 10-11, Westwood CC; Jim Jackson Invitational, Oct. 19-20, Algonquin GC.
MISSOURI GOLF ASSOCIATION
Senior Four Ball Championship, May 20-21, Payne Stewart GC in Branson; Missouri Amateur, June 18-23, Blue Hills in Kansas City; Stroke Play Championship, July 15-17, Meadowbrook; Father Son Championship, July 29-30, Porto Cima in Sunrise Beach; Four Ball Championship, Aug. 17-18, Ledgestone in Branson; Missouri Open, Sept. 5-7, Old Hawthorne in Columbia; Mid Amateur, Sept. 14-15, Silo Ridge in Bolivar; Senior Amateur, Sept. 26-27, Norwood Hills; State Club Team Championship, Oct. 7-8, Porto Cima in Sunrise Beach; Hieronymus Cup Matches, Oct. 5-6, Jefferson City CC.
MISSOURI WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION
Two Lady Scramble, May 21-22, Franklin County Country Club in Washington; Junior Championship, June 6-7, Lake Valley Golf and Country Club in Camdenton; Junior Four State Championship, June 24-25, Manhattan (Kan.) Country Club; Amateur Championship, July 9-11, Old Kinderhook in Camdenton; Mid Amateur Championship, July 22-23, The Country Club of Missouri in Columbia; Southern States Junior Cup Matches, July 30-31, The Country Club of Jackson (Miss.); Fore State Championship, Aug. 1-2, Twin Hills Golf and Country Club in Joplin; Senior Championship, Sept. 17-18, Cape Girardeau Country Club; USGA Women’s State Team Championship, Sept. 17-19, NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio.
Hopefully, the weather will turn soon and get better so more can get out and enjoy a round of golf. If you have any news or a benefit tournament to announce, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next month, keep hitting them straight.