The Metropolitan Match Play Championship trophy has many familiar names etched on it, including such amateur standouts as Don Bliss, Jim Holtgrieve, Skip Berkmeyer and Justin Bryant.
Now, Garrett Sneed can add his to the trophy that is on display at Old Warson Country Club. Sneed, a junior at McKendree University and a Marquette H.S. grad, won the 18th Metropolitan Match Play Championship, featuring 16 of the area’s top amateurs in the annual event at Old Warson.
Sneed, the No. 10 seed, defeated No. 16 Thomas Wuennenberg 5 and 4 on a soggy day to pick up his first title. Wuennenberg, a Lindbergh graduate, is a senior at the University of Missouri.
"I was just excited to win this," Sneed says. “There are a lot of nice names on that trophy. It’s an honor to get my name on there. Just being mentioned in the same breath as those guys is an honor to me."
Sneed adds he hopes it will be start of a good summer for him."I am going to play in a bunch of MAGA tournaments. I am going to try to qualify for the U.S. Amateur and play in the Illinois Open and the Metropolitan Open. I’m going to play as much as I can."
For the second time in three years, the University of Missouri-St. Louis men's golf team has earned a spot in the NCAA Division II Championship.
The Tritons recorded a third-place finish at the three-day NCAA Midwest/Central Regional held at Strawberry Creek Country Club in Kenosha, Wis. UMSL advances to the five-day NCAA Championship, which concludes May 24 at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa.
It marks the eighth NCAA Championship appearance for the program. UMSL recorded a 15th place finish in 2011, which also came under the direction of fourth-year head coach Troy Halterman.
In other UMSL news, golf coach Troy Halterman has been selected to to coach a USA Athletes International team in the IGI Series in St. Andrews, Scotland. The series will be held in August.
Mike Suhre earned his first-ever Gateway PGA Match Play Championship title Annbriar Golf Course.
Suhre, of Oak Brook Golf Club, faced off in his final match against Bob Gaus, a six-time GPGA Match Play Champion and 2013 Senior PGA Championship contestant.
Suhre held on to a 1-up lead going into the 16th hole. It was at the 16th where Gaus, of Tower Tee Golf, missed his first short putt all week. Suhre hit his tee shot on the 3 par 17th to 10 feet. Gaus, needing a birdie and a missed putt by Suhre to stay alive, just missed the green. His next shot would be his last -- a hard lip out on a chip he had to make. From there, Suhre closed things out with a two putt par to win 2 and 1.
The 54th Publinx Open was held recently at Forest Park, which plays to a par 70. Bob Hanneken, a 48-year-old engineer from Fenton, shot a 66 to win the amateur division.
Hanneken beat Ted Moloney (68) and James Trittler (69) for the amateur crown. It was his first Publinx Open championship.
Bob Trittler won the senior division championship with a 71. David Johnson and Phil Cech tied for second among seniors with a 74.
Area PGA golf professionals J.C. Anderson and Mike Suhre shared the professional title. Each shot a 67.
A total of 240 golfers took part in the tournament.
We have two very worthy tournaments for your consideration this month:
The ninth annual Gen. James T. Conway Golf Outing will be held Aug. 25 at the Country Club of St. Albans. The tournament benefits wounded Marines and their families. The charity golf outing was named for Conway, the retired Marine Corps Commandant General. The shotgun start begins at noon. For more information, contact Reggie Thorpe at 402-9631 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
The Lauren Murphy Charity Golf Tournament will be held July 15 at Whitmoor Country Club. The shotgun start begins at 11 a.m. It is a four-person scramble and costs $100 per person. In April, Murphy, of St. Louis, was running in Los Angeles and was hit by a car. She sustained a head injury and remains in critical care in a Los Angeles hospital. The tournament is to help Murphy and her family. For more information, visit caringbridge.com/visit/laurenmurphy. For more information, contact Shae McCartney at 280-4075 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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