What a spring and summer it has been for local golfer Scott Langley! We can only marvel at what this young man has accomplished. Langley, a Parkway South alum who will be a senior at the University of Illinois this fall, clinched the match that helped the U.S. defeat Europe, 13 to 11, and claim the Palmer Cup. The annual event that was held recently at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Ireland pits U.S. college athletes against their counterparts from Europe.

Chris Brant Captures East Side Amateur

Chris Brant captured his first Metropolitan title by winning the East Side Amateur at Belk Park Golf Course in Wood River, Ill. Brant, who just completed a successful campaign on the University of Iowa golf team, fired rounds of 71-67 for a 6-under total. Round 1 leader Bob Meeh (Persimmon Woods Golf Club) and John Anderson (Norwood Hills Country Club), both playing in the final group, came to the 18th hole with opportunities to force a play-off with Brant. Meeh would double-bogey to finish 2-shots back and Anderson missed a birdie putt to finish one out of the lead.

Missouri Golf Association

St. Joseph’s Brad Nurski will go into the Missouri Amateur Championship history book as the Comeback Kid. Staring at a 4-hole deficit with 11 to play, Nurski stormed back to beat Eldon’s Matt Miller 2-up in the 103rd annual tournament’s finals, held at Twin Oaks Country Club in Springfield. “I just kept believing, one hole at a time,” Nurski said after his tap-in par on the match’s 36th hole clinched his first title.

Junior golf

Three youngsters played 36-holes around the Aberdeen Golf Course and found themselves advancing to the U.S. Junior Championship. Medalist was 14-year-old Jim Liu from Smithtown, N.Y., who had back-to-back 68s for a 6-under finish. Ben Crancer of Kirkwood and Brandon Liu of St. Albans also advanced after surviving a playoff with Parkway South’s Kyle Weldon of Des Peres for the final two qualifying spots. Crancer made birdie at the first playoff hole and Liu would make a par on the fourth playoff hole. Liu was the first alternate in U.S. Amateur Public Links Qualifying, held recently at Gateway National Golf Links. Liu’s family has a house in St. Albans, but they also call Fernandina Beach, Fla., home.

MAGA’s Women’s Amateur

It was the Metropolitan’s 18th annual women’s amateur championship and a familiar name again won the title. Ellen Port captured her 12th championship. Port, who plays out of Fox Run Golf Club, continued her dominance of this tournament with a 71-74-145 performance at Forest Park Golf Course. Runner-up in this year’s championship was Kristen Hamel, of Meadowbrook Country Club, who had the low round of the day: 73 to back up her 82 from Round 1.

Women’s Junior Amateur Championship

On a blustery, overcast day at Creekmoor Golf Club in Raymore, McCall Christopher began her day one shot in back of Caroline Rouse of St. Louis. Christopher, a Lee’s Summit North Senior, won the 2010 Missouri Women’s Golf Association’s junior title by 10 shots. Rouse, who will be a senior at Mary Institute Country Day School, won the first-round medalist award for her opening score of 77 and finished fourth with a total of 165. Gina Della Camera, of St. Joseph’s Academy, won A flight with a total of 164.

Berkmeyer, Gumper Co-Medalists In APL Q

At the end of the two days at Gateway National Golf Links, three qualifiers of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Qualifying earned their berths. Local players Skip Berkmeyer and Tony Gumper completed the 36 holes with the same scores of 69-71 and earned co-medalists. The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship will be conducted at Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center in Greensboro, N.C.

Senior Match Play

Wildwood resident Brian Fogt, of Bellerive Country Club, played a bogey-free 17 holes to edge Berry Hill’s Dave Levine 2 and 1 to win the recent Gateway PGA Senior Match Play Championship held at Sunset Hills. Fogt made three birdies en route to his championship. Fogt bested Player of the Year point leader Mark Faulkner of Lake of Egypt Country Club. Fogt turned 50 last July so he played a portion of last year’s tournament schedule against the senior division.

If you have any golf news or a tournament to highlight, send the information to wlmayes@charter.net. Remember, hit them straight and we’ll see you next month.

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