Take a bow, Team USA and captain Ellen Port—you have earned it!
Alabama's Emma Talley wrapped up the United States' Curtis Cup victory earlier this month, beating Britain and Ireland's Bronte Law 4 and 3 in the opening singles match at St. Louis Country Club. The United States won 13-7 to improve to 28-7-3 in the biennial competition, rebounding from a 10 1/2-9 1/2 loss in 2012 at Nairn in Scotland—the Americans' only loss since 1996.
"I'm just really proud of my girls," Port says. "As captain, my goal was to keep them fresh and set them up for success."
After Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse and Mississippi State's Ally McDonald halved their rain-delayed foursomes match with Stephanie Meadow and Georgia Hall, the U.S. needed only one point in the eight singles matches to regain the cup. Talley, the U.S. Women's Amateur champion from Princeton, Kentucky, was quick to provide it, finishing off Law with a two-putt par on No. 15.
Talley was a team-best 3-0-1. "Dreams do come true, that's for sure," she says. "This was the best week ever. I'm just happy to play with my friends. And to do it for my country is even better."
The 2016 matches will be played at Dun Laoghaire in Ireland.
High School State Golf
De Smet finished second in Class 4 state high school boys golf tournament at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau.
The Spartans shot a 648, eight strokes behind Rock Bridge. St. Louis University High was fourth with a 651, and Chaminade was fifth with a 665. Lafayette tied for eighth place.
Three area golfers finished in the top 10. Parkway South senior Raymund Gonzales was third with a 153. Marquette sophomore Frankie Thomas tied for fourth with a 154. De Smet senior Jimmy Siegfried tied for sixth with a 155.
In the Class 3 state tourney at Fremont Hills Country Club in Springfield, defending champion MICDS finished third with a team score of 640. Priory was eighth with a 674. MICDS' Andrew Lilly led all local scorers with a 150 to finish fourth. His teammate, Michael John O'Keefe, was 12th with a 157. Lawrence Keeley tied for 19th with a 162. Brian Trelstad tied for 57th with a 173. Blake Adamson tied for 83rd with a 184.
Priory's top finisher was Thomas Weaver, who tied for 23rd with a 164. Patrick O'Brien tied for 42nd with a 169. Eric Stange tied for 47th with a 170. Andrew Stange tied for 51st with a 172. Liam Mardis tied for 60th with a 174.
Westminster Christian Academy's Andrew Port tied for 28th with a 166. Jackson Klein tied for 51st with a 172. Nicholas George tied for 71st with a 178.
In Class 2, the Whitfield Warriors made their 12th consecutive trip to the state. Whitfield made it another successful journey.
Whitfield finished second in the Class 2 tournament at the Silo Ridge Golf and Country Club in Bolivar. The Whitfield shot a two-day total of 663 on rounds of 331 and 332. Barstow Academy won with a team score of 659 to nip Whitfield by four stokes.
After winning three consecutive state tournaments, including one at Silo Ridge, the Wildcats were fifth last year.
This was the first time finishing second for Whitfield. The Warriors also have finished fourth. That was back in 2003, which was the first year Whitfield qualified as a team.
In the Class 1 state tourney at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Barat Academy won with a team score of 671. Barat's Sean Weber was second overall with a 154 and teammate Trevor Cronin was third wit a 157.
Berkmeyer Wins Normandie
Skip Berkmeyer of Wildwood backed up his 1-under opening round of 70 with a 69 to capture his sixth Normandie Amateur title by three shots over Troy Halterman, the University of Missouri-St. Louis golf coach.
While Berkmeyer said he likes playing at Normandie, he doesn't know why he's been so successful in the tournament.
"I wish I knew what it was; I'd bottle it up," says Berkmeyer, one of the area's top amateur golfers. "Six times now. It's my kind of track. Normandie puts a lot of premium on ball striking. You have to be patient. You can't try to force it."
Berkmeyer is off to one of his best starts in recent years. He reached the semifinals in the season-starting Old Warson Cup. He lost 2 and 1 to Alex Cusumano.
Berkmeyer followed his win at Normandie with his best-ever showing in the Coleman Invitational at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida. Berkmeyer finished in a tie for fifth in a tournament that features the top mid amateurs in the country.
St. Louis District Golf Association
This year's Mid-Am Championship was held at Fox Run Golf Club and Ted Moloney (Greenbriar Hills CC) shot a 1-under 71, outpacing the rest of the field by four strokes. This is Maloney's second Mid-Am Championship. He won the inaugural event back in 2007.
There was a four-way tie for second place, with Brian Hall (Persimmon Woods), Dan Kelley (Meadowbrook) Jamie Harrell (Algonquin) and Scott Edwards (Winghaven) all shooting 75.
In the Net Division, Mark Felts, of Fox Run, shot a 69, beating out David Machisko and John Ricci, both of Old Hickory, by one shot. David Diemer (Greenbriar Hills) was fourth.
Accelerated Golf Tour
St. Louis' Accelerated Golf Tour (AGT) has begun. The tournaments are designed for male and female collegiate and advanced high school golfers.
The AGT began in the metro area in the summer of 2011, and consists of a series of tournaments during June, July and, in some years, the first week of August. The tournaments are conducted on challenging courses in the greater St. Louis metro area.
"We are happy to again have the AGT," says Carol Fromuth, who directs the tournaments. "It is excellent competition for college and advanced high school golfers on quality golf courses."
There will be nine tournaments this summer. Each tournament costs $155. If you sign up for three or more, the cost drops to $150. The price includes lunch, range balls, a sleeve of balls and other items. Drawings will be held at every event and players can receive clubs, shoes, hats and other things. The top three finishers in each division will each get gift certificate for the pro shops.
There are two divisions: college and high school, and graduating high school seniors have the option to play in either division.
For more information, call 494-6306.
Westminster graduate Matt Brugner wanted to keep playing golf when he went to college at Baylor. So, he joined the school's club team. Now, the sophomore has helped claim a national title.
After outscoring every other team in the field by at least nine shots in the final round of the NCCGA Spring National Championship, Baylor claimed an overdue victory. The Bears fell nine shots short of Michigan at the Fall National Championship, and wouldn't let it happen again.
The Bears posted a 13-over 373 in the play-eight-count-five format. All five of Baylor’s counting scores were 76 or better. This marks the first national title in Baylor program history.
Brugner is the Baylor club president. "We felt really confident on this course," he says. "I thought it set up a lot better for our guys. We play courses like this in Texas, where the wind is blowing a lot, but there is not too much trouble off the tee."
Lee Thomas is the honorary chairman of the 21st Friends of Betty Schildroth Golf Tournament on July 13th at the Golf Club of Florissaant. Entry fee is $340 per foursome, and includes a light breakfast, beverages, lunch, grab bag and attendance prizes. Proceeds benefit the hospice program at Mercy Hospital. For more information, call 839-2927.
The Room at the Inn's first charity golf outing is a collaboration between Webster Groves Christian Church and Westborough Country Club to raise awareness and support for the homeless in the St. Louis area. It will be Oct. 6 at Westborough Country Club. Registration is at 10 a.m., with a sponsored lunch at 11 a.m. The shotgun start is at noon. A raffle and reception will follow the golf. Sponsorships currently are available, and player registration begins July 1. For more information, contact Room at the Inn's development office at 209-9181.
Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving and comedian Joe Piscopo will join Ozzie Smith for the annual Gateway PGA REACH Foundation Pro-Am Event at Country Club of St. Albans. The event takes place Sunday, June 29, and Monday, June 30. A dinner auction will be held Sunday and will feature Smith and Erving. The tourney will be played Monday. Teams are being captained by local Gateway PGA professionals and both courses at the facility will be used. A few spots remain open for the golf tournament and paid entries include the cost of dinner, with a limited number of dinner-only tickets available for purchase at the cost of $100 each. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit Gateway PGA REACH, which helps keep St. Louis-area youths in school. For more information on Gateway PGA REACH, visit gatewaypga.org/pgareach.