The summer golf season is filled with tournaments, championships and qualifiers. Here are the latest achievements and news coming out of our local golf scene.
Skip Berkmeyer missed his chance to make some history in the 105th Missouri Amateur.
Berkmeyer, 38, finished second in the Missouri Golf Association’s state tournament at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau.
Nick Wilson, of Columbia, defeated defending champion Berkmeyer 2 & 1.
By doing so, Wilson denied Berkmeyer, playing in his sixth championship, a piece of history. Berkmeyer’s sixth appearance in the final is second only to Jim Jackson’s eight trips.
Berkmeyer missed the chance to join four other Missourians as four-time winners of the championship. Berkmeyer won his third championship at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta last year. He had hoped to join Jim Manion, Bob Cochran, Jackson and Don Bliss as four-time winners.
“Believe me, I knew what it meant to win four,” Berkmeyer said. “I missed an opportunity. I like the fact I’ve been there to the finals six times. I wanted to join the club. But I’m 38 and even though you would think my best golf is behind me, I think there’s a lot of good golf ahead of me.
“I’d like to create history before I’m done.”
Junior Women’s Golf
Last year a runner-up, this year was different for Jordan Chael, of Overland Park, Kan. Chael claimed the 2012 Missouri Women’s Golf Association Junior Girls Championship at Lake Valley Golf and Country Club.
The runner-up of the 52nd annual tournament was Lindsey Eisenreich, of Rockwood Summit and the defending Class 2 state champion. Brooke Cusumano, who won the Class 1 state title last year for Westminster Christian Academy, finished third.
Four State Team championship
The Missouri Four State Team was chosen from the top players from the Missouri Women’s Golf Association Junior Championship. The Missouri team consisted of Chael, Eisenreich, Mariah Peters (of Blue Springs), Cusumano and Madison Frerking (of Blue Springs).
The Missouri team met Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas at the Junior Girls Four State Championship at the Sedalia Country Club.
Nebraska is the defending champion. Missouri has eleven titles but was unable to back the Four State Trophy to Missouri.
Iowa’s Junior Four State Team was hotter than the 105-degree temperature at Sedalia Country Club. Jessie Sindlinger of Charles City, Iowa, finished with a record low individual score of 135 and Iowa scored a team record low total score of 588 for the two-day event. It is noteworthy that the last Four State title won by an Iowa team was in 2004 at the very same Sedalia Country Club.
Nebraska finished in second place with a team total of 604, followed by Missouri with 618. Kansas’ team was one player short in the competition due to a player withdrawal, finishing with 652. Team totals were the best four out of five players scores).
Metropolitan Women’s Championship
For the second straight year, University of Missouri-St. Louis senior-to-be Shweta Galande earned top honors at the Annual Metropolitan Women’s Amateur Championship played at Algonquin Golf Club.
Galande took a two-shot lead into the final hole over 12-time champion Ellen Port, but the duo would walk off the 18th green in a tie.
Believed to be the first playoff in the 20-year history, the two competitors went back to the par-five 18th hole to decide the champion. Galande, who previously double-bogeyed the hole, birdied it this time around to defend her title.
Galande carded a one-over par 73 on her opening 18 holes and scored a two-round score of 153 (73-80) to finish first in the field.
Fogt Earns Senior Open Berth
Brian Fogt, of Bellerive Country Club, captured the one qualifying spot available to the 2012 U.S. Senior Open in the qualifier played at Norwood Hills Country Club.
Fogt edged out JC Anderson by one shot to earn his first trip to the senior version of the USGA Open championship. Fogt has played in four U.S. Open Championships.
The 2012 US Senior Open will be played at Indianwood Golf & Country Club in Lake Orion, Mich.
Jeremy Franklin started the second day three shots back of the trio of leaders, but a 3-under 69 propelled him to a tie and clubhouse lead of 4-under of 140. Waiting out the final groups, Franklin’s lead held up and the two-shot victory over Mike Ehlers was his in the event played at Belk Park Golf Club.
The victory for Franklin is his first Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association victory after being a top amateur in the area for the last few seasons. He is a past qualifier for the Match Play Championship and was runnerup in Metropolitan Amateur at Meadowbrook in 2010. Public Links qualifying Mitchell Rutledge, who is the two-time Class 2 state golf champion for Whitfield, won the Public Links qualifying at Aberdeen Golf Club.
Rutledge followed up his opening round of 68 with a 2-under 69 to finish the 36-hole qualifying at 5-under 137 and earn the USGA qualifying medal.
It will be the first USGA tournament for Rutledge, who will going to Michigan State this fall.
The United States Golf Association has announced St. Louis Country Club will serve as the host site for the 2014 Curtis Cup Match. This will be the sixth USGA event held at the club and the first since the 1972 U.S. Women’s Amateur.
“The traditional values of sportsmanship and camaraderie that are evident at the Curtis Cup Match will be on display at a classic golf course,” said USGA Vice President and Championship Committee Chairman Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., a St. Louis native. “The skill of the players at this international competition will be tested by the architectural intrigue of St. Louis Country Club. We anticipate, as we always do, a spirited and friendly competition.”
Bill Sedgwick, the 2014 Curtis Cup Match chairman said: “The St. Louis Country Club has a rich history of golf dating back to 1892 that includes U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Amateur championships. We are confident that the golfers, family and friends from Great Britain, Ireland and the United States will enjoy the club as well as the city of St. Louis, a wonderful place with a colorful, rich history.”
St. Louis Country Club was formed in 1893, and the golf course was designed in 1914. The 18-hole course has been restored to its original 1914 design after being slightly altered prior to the 1947 U.S. Open.
In addition to the 1947 U.S. Open and 1972 U.S. Women’s Amateur, St. Louis Country Club has hosted the 1921 and 1960 U.S. Amateur championships and the 1925 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. This will be the first Curtis Cup Match conducted in Missouri.
The Curtis Cup Match is contested by women amateur golfers – one team from the United States and one team representing Great Britain and Ireland compete every two years, alternately between the U.S. and Great Britain and Ireland. The teams consist of not more than eight players and a captain.
The United States leads the all-time Curtis Cup series with a record of 27-7-3.
Places for People will host its 10th annual Charity Golf Tournament on Sept. 21 at Missouri Bluffs Golf Club in St. Charles. An early bird entry fee of $800 per team includes golf, lunch and dinner. There will also be an auction and raffle. For more information, visit www.placesforpeople.org or call 314-535-2310.
Each year, this tournament raises around $60,000 to support core mental health services for those in need. Founded in 1972, Places for People is a private, non-profit agency that provides innovative and effective mental health services to nearly 4,000 people annually. Places for People has expertise in serving people with multiple disorders (mental health, physical, substance abuse, trauma) and conducts extensive outreach efforts to serve people who would not seek services due to the severity of their illnesses.
The recent 11th annual Bill Wallis Classic Golf Tournament hosted 72 Foursomes at the Country Club of St. Albans.
The Bill Wallis Charitable Foundation was created in 2001 to honor the memory of Bill Wallis after he lost his battle with melanoma.
To date, 50 scholarships have been awarded through the Bill Wallis Charitable Foundation. For more information, visit www.billwallisfoundation.org.
A total of 100 players played in the 14th annual JDRF Tee Up to Cure Diabetes tournament recently at Boone Valley Golf Club.
The day of golf raised $108,000 for JDRF research.
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on T1D research. The goal is to improve the lives of all people with diabetes while making progress through research to treat, cure and prevent the disease.
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