A rising star looks to be emerging in St. Louis in Kyle Weldon, while Catherine Dolan has regained her Missouri women's state championship. Let's take the driver out of the bag and rip through the news.
Metropolitan Amateur Championship
With his second consecutive victory in the 23rd annual Metropolitan Amateur Championship, Kyle Weldon is earning a reputation as one of the top young players in the area.
Weldon, who will be a junior at Kansas State this fall, added his name again to the Jim Tom Blair Trophy with his two-stroke win at Persimmon Woods Golf Club, a scenic and challenging course.
Weldon, a Parkway South graduate, held off a late charge from Phil Caravia to take the title. Weldon began in the opening round with a stellar 5-under 65 to grab the lead out of the gates. He shot a 3-over 73 in the second round but still led by two shots over 2009 champion Skip Berkmeyer and Teddy Jones. In his final found, Weldon fired a 70.
"It is huge for my confidence," Weldon says. "It is very special to know I am one of two people to win in back-to-back years."
St. Louis District Golf Association
Justin Wrozier of Old Hickory Country Club claimed the Association's biggest title at the 94th annual Greisedieck men's championship held at Whitmoor Country Club.
Wrozier was the 16th seed in the match play part of the tourney. He defeated Brian Lovett of Bellerive Country Club, 2 up for the STLDGA's main championship.
Missouri Stroke Play
Skip Berkmeyer has added the Missouri Stroke Play championship, a title missing from his outstanding amateur career.
Berkmeyer, of Wildwood, put together four rounds of under par golf to win the Missouri Golf Association's 16th annual Stroke Play championship at Meadowbrook Golf Club.
Adding to the title has been a goal of his.
"It fulfills a lifelong goal to try to win to every state tourney once," Berkmeyer says. "I made that goal back in 1995. This tournament wasn't even around then. I've found a way to etch my name on this trophy now—it’s a treat. It's nice to win it.” He adds, "You have to enjoy the wins because you lose a heck of a lot more than you win."
Missouri Women's Amateur
The championship trophy for the Missouri Women's Golf Association traded hands this year when Ballwin's Catherine Dolan won it back.
Dolan, who won the state championship in 2011, lost in a playoff last year to Ellen Port, an eight-time state champion. Dolan captured the title of the 75th MWGA Amateur Championship at Old Kinderhook Golf Resort in Camdenton by getting past Port this time.
It came down to a photo finish with Dolan holding on to defeat Port by one stroke. Port received the Cassett Trophy as the runner-up.
The Peg Ludlow Trophy for low junior player was presented to St. Louis native Brooke Cusumano for her three-day score of 232. Cusumano, who will attend SIUE-Carbondale this fall, finished in fifth place overall. Parkway South and Mizzouri alum Kelly Osborne of Ballwin took sixth place with her total of 236.
Drew Stoltz capped off a successful stop in St. Louis by capturing the 8th Metropolitan Open and a $13,500 first-place prize check.
Two-time champion Shawn Jasper of Marthasville finished in a tie for second with Chris Thompson, a Lawrence, Kan., pro, at 3-under par.
The low final round was played by Country Club of St. Albans touring professional Jay Delsing, who fired a 3-under 67 to move up the leader board to a -1 total and top 5 finish in his first Metropolitan Open appearance.
Low Amateur honors went to Alex Cusumano, who finished in a tie for 14th place overall at 6-over par.
Women's Fore State
It was not meant to be for Team Missouri in the annual Fore State Women's Championship at Twin Hills Country Club in Joplin.
Catherine Dolan of Ballwin gave Missouri three total points for the week after her 5 & 3 victory over Micah Radler of Oklahoma. Mindy Coyle also won her second point, defeating Lauren Falley of Kansas 2 & 1. Kelly Osborne of Ballwin managed to bring in another half point by halving her match with Tanna Richard of Arkansas.
Oklahoma racked up 6 points to finish tied with Missouri for second place. Kansas was the strongest team, scoring 7 1/2 points to earn a total of 12.5 points and the 2013 Fore State Championship title.
The annual St. Louis chapter of the Association of United States Army St. Louis Gateway Chapter Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 9 at Bear Creek Golf Course in Wentzville.
All proceeds from the four-person scramble tournament will benefit the AUSA Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to military members and their families.
The shotgun start begins at noon, with dinner to begin at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Eric Seiler III at 218-63304 or 968-2282, or visit gatewayausa.org.
Well that's it for another busy month of local golf. Thanks for reading. After a brief stop at the 19th hole, we'll see you again next month.