Merrily, merrily, Ellen Port just keeps rolling along. At 51, she continues to defy Father Time. Port won a record eighth Missouri Women’s Amateur Championship in a two-hole playoff with defending champion Catherine Dolan at Shadow Glen Golf Club in Olathe, Kan.
Regulation play was back and forth in the final round between Dolan, a Parkway West and Missouri State grad, and Port, who teaches at John Burroughs. Both players traded birdies on the 18th hole to continue in a sudden-death playoff. Port says she has no plans of slowing down.
“Absolutely not! I’m just beginning to play the best I’ve ever played in my life, with the help of my teacher, Brian Fogt (of Bellerive Country Club). I feel like I can play with anyone right now. The future looks very bright, and I’ll keep going as long as the good Lord is willing!”
De Smet’s Jimmy Siegfried and Parkway West’s Emily Goldenstein won the boys and girls age groups in the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association’s 13th Junior Amateur Championship.
Siegfried fired rounds of 70-72-142 to capture the title and James M. Holtgrieve Trophy. He would win by three shots over Alex McKay and Sohil Desai.
The De Smet junior has competed on the last two Mid-America Junior Cup teams and receives an automatic invitation to the 2012 team with his victory. The left-handed playing Siegfried said he was pleased with both of his rounds. “I have won tournaments before like this and the St. Louis District, but being in the older age group with much harder competition, this means a lot to me.”
On the girls’ side, Round 1 leader Emily Goldenstein, 16, would keep her lead en route to the title with rounds of 73 and 75. Her name will go on the Barbara A. Berkmeyer Trophy.
Goldenstein, a junior at Parkway West, has been competing all over the Midwest this summer. She also will receive an automatic invite to participate in the 2012 Junior Cup Matches. Rachael Pearson was the runner-up.
Goldenstein sums up her game this way: “I played well in this tournament. I was swinging well and felt comfortable with all my clubs, but because I missed several opportunities for birdie, I definitely felt I could have scored a little better.”
Mitchell Gregson was playing with two-time champion and U.S. Open competitor Scott Langley in the final group of the seventh annual Metropolitan Open and did not wilt.
Gregson made birdie on three of his first six holes in the final round playing with Langley, a Parkway South and Illinois graduate. Gregson’s two-shot lead went to six strokes and the championship of the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association premier tournament was all but his.
Over 54 holes on the 7,120-yard par 70 Lewis and Clark layout at Country Club of St. Albans, Gregson made 16 birdies to three bogeys and the rest pars. Within the 54 holes he had a span of 37 holes between bogeys. Gregson earned a $7,500 paycheck for the victory.
Gregson, a graduate of Kansas State, won the tournament by a whopping nine strokes. Brandon Holtz, a professional from Bloomington, Ill., was the runner up at 4-under.
ST. LOUIS DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP
The amazing match-play performance of Jeff Johnson ended in triumph at the St. Louis District Golf Association’s 93rd Griesedieck Men’s Championship.
The last seed in the 16-player competition, Johnson defeated seventh-seeded Alex Cusumano 1-up in the championship match to win the prestigious title at Old Hickory Country Club in St. Charles County.
USGA PUBLIC LINKS
Whitfield graduate Mitchell Rutledge competed in the United States Golf Association’s Amateur Public Links at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in Midway, Utah.
Rutledge, the two-time Class 2 state champion who will be going to Michigan State, shot a 144 in stroke play to earn a spot in match play. However, he lost his first-round match to Steven Fox, of Hendersonville, Tenn., who defeated Rutledge, 2 and 1.
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