It’s the final golf column of the season, so let’s hit a driver and get started.
The high school girls golf season ended with an individual state champion and a team champion from St. Louis: In her one appearance at the state tournament, Westminster Christian Academy senior Jessica Dreesbeimdieke made it count.
Dreesbeimdieke shot a 147 to win the Class 1 state championship, held at the Sedalia Country Club. Dreesbeimdieke had rounds of 72 and 75 to become the Wildcats’ third consecutive individual medalist. Brooke Cusumano, a freshman at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, won it the first two years.
The John Burroughs Bombers enjoyed a storybook ending to their season by capturing the Class 1 state golf championship.
The Bombers won the state tournament by 11 strokes with a team score of 683. The team is coached by Ellen Port, no stranger herself to winning golf championships. As a coach, this is her first state championship.
"I know do know what a great feeling it is to win. To share in this accomplishment with the kids, their parents and the JBS community was a huge honor," Port says.
It was for the Bombers program, as well. In fact, the whole season was a number of firsts for Burroughs: The girls were undefeated in 10 dual matches, the Bombers won their first ever district and sectional titles, and the icing on the cake was becoming state champs.
In the bigger schools, the St. Joseph’s Academy Angels capped their year with a second-place finish at state. St. Joseph’s finished behind Warrensburg in the Class 2 state tournament at The Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield, a par-72 layout. The Angels shot rounds of 354-351 for a 705 team score.
In their first trip to the state high school girls golf tournament since 1980, the Parkway West Longhorns capped an outstanding season by finishing fourth. Parkway West tied for fourth with Kirkwood with a team score of 713. The Longhorns, however, won the tiebreaker with the score of their fifth golfer, who had 99 compared to Kirkwood’s 100.
2014 Curtis Cup
St. Louis Country Club is the host site for the 2014 Curtis Cup, to be held June 6 to 8. Visit 2014curtiscup.com to learn more about the match, the Club and the course over which the event will be played.
Jim Jackson Invitational
The St. Louis District Golf Association’s Jim Jackson Invitational winner is Ballwin native Sam Midgal of Aberdeen Golf Club. Midgal, 21, is a De Smet graduate who is a junior at University of Central Missouri. Ted Jones of Metropolitan Golf Club beat Skip Berkmeyer of Aberdeen in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff for second place.
Golf Digest recently released its ranking of top golf instructors by state and Brian Fogt of Bellerive Country Club received recognition as the best in Missouri.
Also in the top 10 were Helen Kurtin (Sunset Hills), Todd Meyer (Whitmoor), Maria Palozola (Big Bend Golf Center, Nathan Charnes (WingHaven), Dave Furlong (Ballwin), Bob Gaus (Tower Tee), and Rob Sedorcek (Country Club of St. Albans).
The Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association is excited to announce that the 2014 Amateur Championship will be conducted July 31 through Aug. 2 at Westwood Country Club. This will be the club’s second time hosting the region’s most coveted amateur title.
Metropolitan Open Stays at St. Albans
Coming off the success of the 2013 Metropolitan Open Championship, the Country Club of St. Albans has approved an extension to continue hosting the Open Championship on the Lewis & Clark Course at St. Albans to 2019.
David Derfel, the club’s GM, says, “The team effort that planned and executed this year’s event set a new standard for success…we are confident that a continuation of this partnership will build on these accomplishments for many years to come."
Junior golf tournament
The world’s best amateur junior golfers are coming to St. Louis in 2014. The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) has announced that the Missouri Bluffs Golf Club will host the AJGA St. Louis Classic June 2 to 5, and will return in 2015 and 2016. The AJGA is the highest-level junior golf tour and event program in the world.
Texas A&M’s Ben Crancer
Kirkwood graduate Ben Crancer, whose scoring average was 71.52, ended the fall college golf season ranked No. 4 in the nation, according to GolfWeek.
As a freshman for the Aggies, Crancer earned the team’s Newcomer of the Year Award after his rookie season in which he played in eight tournaments. At Kirkwood, Crancer was a four-year letter-winner in golf under golf coach BJ Kenyon and named to the all-state golf team all four years of his high school career.
Ruth Park seniors
As the 2013 Brentmoor Ruth Park Senior Golf League wrapped up its fourth season at the Ruth Park Golf Course in University City, six golfers walked off with accolades for ‘duffer prowess.’ About 55 local golfers (each of them at least 65 years old) signed on to play on Wednesdays from early April until October.
"Happily, scores were generally lower than the ages of the golfers,” says Doug Castellari, GM and PGA pro at Ruth. “Actually, most of the golfers played pretty well and according to PGA and course rules."
Season-long winners of the men’s contests are Len Wilbert (closest to the hole), and Huey Wattigney and John Bourzikas (tied for longest drive). For the women, Yevette Wattigney and Phyllis Jenkins tied for longest drive, and Marian Bradley won closest to the hole.
Well that’s it for local golf in 2013. Thanks for reading. We’ll tee it up again in 2014.