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Scott Langley

Scott Langley long has dreamed of playing on the PGA Tour. Well, that dream recently became a reality for the Parkway South and Illinois (2011) grad. Langley, who now lives in Singer Island, Fla., qualified for the PGA Tour card last month.

Langley is one of 25 players who earned cards in the final edition of this six-round tournament that offers a ticket to the richest tour in golf. "To get this one is extra special, knowing that next year, guys won’t have this opportunity," he says. The PGA Tour next year will end a half-century of tradition when Q-school will only provide cards to the secondary Web.com Tour.

The 2013 PGA Tour schedule begins with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii, Dec. 31 through Jan. 7. The Golf Channel will provide television coverage.

Women's Amateur Championship

The Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association has announced a new venue for the 2013 Women’s Amateur Championship: The tournament will be conducted July 16 to 17 at St. Louis Country Club. This will be the club’s first time hosting the region’s top women amateur golfers.

The United States Golf Association is coming to the country club in 2014 with the Curtis Cup. That event will bring some of the world’s top female amateurs to compete in the bi-annual event. In preparation for the Curtis Cup, St. Louis Country Club saw a great fit to bring the region’s top female amateurs to compete for the Jayne M. Watson Trophy.

The Club’s head golf professional, Grant Masson, says he is excited about the MAGA event. "We feel this is a great opportunity for the golfing women in our community to compete at the site of the 2014 Curtis Cup."

Next summer's tournament will be the 21st year of the women’s championship. Twelve of those championships have been won by Ellen Port, including a stretch of seven consecutive titles from 2000 to 2006.

Ellen Port

Speaking of Port, she will be honored at the 54th Annual Baseball Writers Dinner on Jan. 20 in St. Louis. Port, who teaches at John Burroughs, will receive the Wray/Holtzman award for outstanding achievement by a female athlete. Port won the USGA women's senior championship earlier this year in her first time playing in the event.

Thanks for reading this ‘bonus’ column with such big news on the local scene. We'll be back in March. Here's wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

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