Hats off to the Whitfield Warriors and senior Mitch Rutledge for capturing the Class 2 boys golf tournament at Twin Oaks Country Club in Springfield. Whitfield shot a two-day total of 622 to win by 26 strokes on the par-71 track. It was Whitfield’s third consecutive state championship.
Rutledge won state as a junior and he also repeated the feat by shooting a 141 to win medalist honors by six strokes. Rutledge also won the district and sectional tournaments to make it a sweep in his final season for Whitfield. He will play in college at Michigan State.
Whitfield coach Harold Barker said he is proud of what his program has achieved. “To be at the top of our class for three years validates that what we are teaching to our players and students is worthwhile.” Indeed.
CLASS 4 STATE GOLF
Marquette’s Zach Gollwitzer finished tied for third in the Class 4 golf tournament at Silo Ridge Golf Club in Bolivar. He finished one over par for the two-day event when he shot rounds of 74-71 to wind up with a 145. He is an all-state golfer for the 2012 season.
CLASS 3 STATE GOLF
The Metro League did well at the Class 3 boys state tournament at Rivercut Golf Club, a par-72, in Springfield. MICDS was second with a 610 team score and Westminster Christian Academy was third at 612. Westminster’s Matthew Brugner tied for second with a 145.
MISSOURI WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION
The Missouri Women’s Golf Association’s 20th Senior Women’s Amateur saw a new Missouri champion crowned. Stephany Powell, of Springfield, finished with a 152 at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club in Joplin. Harriette Meyers, of New Madrid, finished two strokes back at 154. Ginny Orthwein, of St. Louis, wound up in third place. The Open Division first flight was won by Melanie Trimmer, of St. Louis, with her two day total of 172.
Andy Frost won the 26th Normandie Amateur. At age 52, Frost becomes the second senior to win the Normandie outright. David Lucks did it in 2004.
ST. LOUIS SPORTS HALL OF FAME
MICDS golf coach Ron Holtman and local standout amateur golfer Ellen Port will be among 16 individuals inducted into the 2012 Class of the St. Louis Hall of Fame. The inductees will be honored at a Nov. 14 dinner at Millennium Hotel. For ticket information, call Tim Moore at 888-627-3235 or visit stlouissportshalloffame.com.
Forest Hills Country Club is on-track with its $2.8 million renovation project, with Phase 1—which includes the championship golf course, swimming pools and clubhouse dining facilities—now open. Phase 2 begins this summer, and will include refurbishing the Club’s ballrooms.
The Friends of Betty Schildroth Golf Tournament to benefit St. John’s Mercy Hospice will be held July 15 at the Golf Club of Florissant. For more info, call Keith Schildroth at 839-2927 or Chris Schildroth at 636-561-0255, or visit bettysboys.com.
The St. Elizabeth Academy Golf Tournament will be held July 20 at the Norman K. Probstein Golf Course in Forest Park. For more info, call Katie LoRusso at 771-5134, ext. 230, or visit seahs.org/events/golf. As always, if you have news about your golf club or a tournament, contact me at email@example.com. Until next month, remember that you can’t birdie them all unless you birdie the first hole.