What a season Parkway South graduate Scott Langley is having! The Illinois junior is on top of the local golf world now, and justifiably so. Langley has won the NCAA championship, was named a First Team All-American, earned the Division I Arnold Palmer Award and bettered the field at a U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier to earn the only spot available in the U.S. Open’s 20-man field. Langley, who is from Manchester, Mo., shot an 8 under par 132 for 36 holes at St. Albans. His back-to-back 66s gave him a 3-shot victory over Drew Lethem of Camdenton, Mo. In a span of five rounds, Langley had just seven bogeys while shooting a combined 18-under par. Langley also won the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association Match Play Championship for the first time. He topped Berkmeyer, the eight-time Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association Player of the Year, for the championship, winning 1-up.

College Golf

Congratulations to University of Missouri-St. Louis golfer Matthew Rau. The junior has been selected to the 2010 all-Great Lakes Valley Conference team. He was one of five, based on a vote of the league’s 14 coaches.

High School Golf

Congratulations to the Whitfield Warriors and the Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats, who won the Class 2 and Class 3 state golf tournaments respectively. In Class 4, Parkway South’s Kyle Weldon finished second. In addition, two Wildcats—senior Kevin Bell and sophomore Kevin VandeKamp—tied for first place. Both shot 145. It was Bell’s second state championship, since he also won as a sophomore, and was the first state golf title for Whitfield.

Women Amateur Seniors

For the first time in the 76-year history of the Missouri Women’s Golf Association championships, the Senior Championship has been canceled due to severe weather approaching an already water-soaked Jefferson City Country Club. The only other years interrupted competition were the war years of 1942 to 1945.

During the Senior Banquet, the MWGA’s prestigious Bernice Edlund Award was presented to Ginny Orthwein. Since 1952, it has been presented annually to the member who has promoted the aims of the association and set an example by her devotion to golf, demeanor on the golf course, strict observance of rules and etiquette, and high degree of sportsmanship.


One of my favorites will be held Aug. 29 at the Country Club at the Legends: the sixth annual Missouri Friends of Injured Marines. Marine Corps Commandant James Conway will play in the charity golf outing that raises more money each year for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund than any other in the country. For information on registering, contact Reggie Thorpe, at 402-9631 or comsnr@swbell.net. For more information, log onto semperfigolf.com.

Contact me with golf news at wlmayes@charter.net and remember to hit it straight!

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