ll summer, the big news in local golf has been Scott Langley. The University of Illinois senior has captured some big wins and made a name for himself by doing well in the U.S. Open as an amateur. But there’s more than one Langley who can swing the sticks: Younger brother Nick is getting in on the action, too. The Parkway South grad, who’s headed to Missouri State this fall, won the recent St. Louis District Men’s Golf Association championship. Langley faced Tim Cochran and earned the championship with a 3 and 2 decision. “Tim is a very good competitor and he deserved to win just as much as I did.” Langley says. The younger Langley prepped for the championship by playing in such events as the Normandie Amateur, Eastside Amateur and Metropolitan Open this summer.
Junior Amateur Championship
Gina Della Camera of St. Joseph’s Academy and Brandon Straeb of Chaminade, have joined the list of many great junior golfers as champions of the Metropolitan Junior Championship. The tournament was held at Forest Hills Country Club. Della Camera’s name goes on the Barbara A. Berkmeyer Trophy and Straeb’s goes on the James M. Holtgrieve Trophy as the 11th Metropolitan Junior Champions. Della Camera accomplished the feat with scores of 82-85 to win by two strokes. Straeb started the day one shot back of the leaders after an opening round 77 on his home course. He came out strong on the second day with a 69 to overtake that deficit and finish with a 3-stroke margin.
Twenty-five-year-old Shawn Jasper, out of Boone Valley Country Club, shot a 3-under-par 67 to edge amateur Skip Berkmeyer by a stroke on the challenging par-70 Lewis and Clark Course at St. Albans to win fifth annual Metropolitan Open Championship. Jasper, a graduate of University of Missouri and Francis Howell, earned his first win as a professional. Jasper, who finished with a three-round total of 6-under-par 204, trailed two-time defending champ and reigning NCAA Division I champ Scott Langley by five strokes heading into the final round. But when Langley made triple-bogey 7 on the par 4 10th hole, Jasper had the lead. Chesterfield native Justin Bardgett and St. Charles County’s Adam Long finished one shot in back of Langley, tying for fourth place at 207.
U.S. Public Links
NCAA champion Scott Langley of the University of Illinois was eliminated on the 20th hole during his round of 32 match against Chris Williams at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, held at the Champions Course at Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center in Greensboro, N.C. Williams was the NCAA’s top freshman golfer during the past season for Washington.
The Ken Boyer Memorial golf tournament will be held Sept. 14 at the Missouri Bluffs Golf Club. It is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start. Men, women and mixed teams welcome. The driving range opens at 10 a.m., with lunch, and cocktails; dinner and an auction in the evening. The cost is $300 per player. Whitey Herzog and Red Schoendienst are this year’s honorary chairs. For more information, contact Dick Shapier at 443-4653 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wildwood’s Claire Hodges finished second in the girls 10-11 division of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships held at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Hodges, who led the tournament for the first two rounds, finished with a three-day 73-75-78—226. The Optimist event features players representing 43 states, four Canadian provinces and 33 countries.
That’s it for this month. Next month, we’ll see who won the Metropolitan Amateur Championship, how local golfers fared in the U.S. Amateur, and look at high school girls golf. If you have any golf story ideas or suggestions, contact me at email@example.com. Until then, keep the ball in the fairway.