Golf Digest Rankings
Each year, Golf Digest ranks the nation’s top private and public courses. The magazine’s top 10 picks in Missouri are:
1. Boone Valley Golf Club, Augusta
2. Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis
3. Dalhousie Golf Club, Cape Girardeau
4. St. Louis Country Club, Ladue
5. Old Warson Country Club, St. Louis
6. The Club at Porto Cima, Sunrise Beach
7. The Country Club of St. Albans (Tavern Creek), St. Albans
8. Fox Run Golf Club, Eureka
9. The Country Club of St. Albans (Lewis and Clark), St. Albans
10. Branson Creek Golf Club, Hollister
Turn to p. 50 for a closer look at some of area golf courses on the list.
Area Country Club Closes
The Country Club at the Legends in Eureka closed in late January; however, the owners are looking for a buyer who can operate it, as well.
The private club, which features 27 holes, has numerous amenities, including a dining area and chef, rooms for special events, a pro shop and a swimming pool.
Scott Langley News
St. Louis native Scott Langley enjoyed a solid debut on the PGA Tour. Langley, a Parkway South and University of Illinois graduate, earned a spot on the tour this year after going through the Q School qualifying late last year.
In the season-opening Sony Open in Hawaii, Langley posted the tournament's low round on the first day with an 8-under, 62. He made consecutive birdies on 17 and 18 in his final round to work his way into a tie for third with Charles Howell III.
Langley, who now lives in Jupiter, Fla., won $324,000 in the Sony Open. Since then, he made the cut in the AT&T Pebble Beach and finished in a tie for 62nd place. Through the first week of March, he also got into three tournaments but failed to make the cut.
Langley, who enjoyed much local success, captured the 2008 and 2009 Metropolitan Open as an amateur, and the 2010 Metropolitan Match Play Championship, where he defeated Skip Berkmeyer in a classic final match.
MAGA Women's Amateur Championship
The Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association (MAGA) has announced that the 2013 Women's Amateur Championship will take place July 16 and 17 at St. Louis Country Club. This will be the club's first time to host the region's top women amateur golfers.
In addition, the USGA is coming to St. Louis Country Club next year with the Curtis Cup, bringing some of the world's top female amateurs to compete in the biennial event. In preparation for the 2014 Curtis Cup, the club saw a great fit to bring the region's top female amateurs to compete for the Jayne M. Watson Trophy.
"St. Louis Country Club is excited to host the 2013 Women's Amateur Championship," says Grant Masson, the club's head golf professional. "We feel this is a great opportunity for the golfing women in our community to compete at the site of the 2014 Curtis Cup."
This year marks the 21st year of the women's championship. Twelve of those championships have been won by Ellen Port, including a stretch of seven consecutive wins from 2000 to 2006.
With the 2014 Curtis Cup, the club will be hosting its sixth USGA Championship. It previously hosted the 1921 and 1960 U.S. Amateur, the 1925 and 1972 U.S. Women's Amateur and the 1947 U.S. Open.
The United States Golf Association has two new championships, the first national championships to be added to the USGA's competition roster in more than 25 years.
The addition of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship and the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship reflects the USGA's continued commitment to supporting and growing amateur competition well into the future. The matches will be played annually between mid-March and late May, with the inaugural events scheduled for 2015.
"We couldn't be more excited about the creation of national four-ball championships, given the popularity and enjoyment of this competitive format at the amateur level," says USGA VP and Championship Committee chair Thomas O'Toole Jr., a St. Louis native. "Because the four-ball format lends itself to spirited team competition and aggressive risk-reward shot-making, we are confident these championships will deliver exciting amateur golf to the national stage for both players and spectators alike."
The most significant change to the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association schedule is the 2013 Four-Ball Championship. In light of the recent announcement by the USGA, the MAGA will introduce an Open Division to its Four-Ball Championship and will take the event to a 36-hole championship.
The 2013 version will be conducted Sept. 28 and 29, and will be afternoon shotguns both days. With this change—and for at least the 2013 season—a limited number of teams will be accepted. Twenty-five Open Division teams and 15 Net Division teams will make up the field.
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