It's been another busy month with several local golfers achieving success in various tournaments. Let's get right to it.
Women’s Amateur Public Links
Ballwin’s Catherine Dolan reached the second round of match play in the USGA’s Women’s Amateur Public Links at the Jimmie Austin Oklahoma University Golf Club Course in Norman. Dolan, a Missouri State graduate, finished with a 151 in stroke play to tie for 45th place.
"I feel really good about how I played at the public links," Dolan says. "To make the cut at a USGA event is a great accomplishment. The field is always so strong, and to qualify for match play is always rewarding." It was Dolan’s third consecutive year of playing in the tournament and reaching match play.
Manchester’s Scott Langley finished in a tie for 41st place in this third U.S. Open. He finished 4 over with a 295 at Merion Country Club near Philadelphia. His rounds were 75, 70, 75 and 74. He earned $37,324 for his efforts.
U.S. Public Links Qualifier
Kansas State’s Kyle Weldon and Michigan State’s Mitch Rutledge qualified for the 88th U.S. Amateur Public Links.
Weldon, a Parkway South graduate, led wire-to-wire and captured medalist honors at the recent 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links Qualifying at Clinton Hill Golf Club in Belleville. Weldon, who will be a junior this fall, had back-to-back 67s en route to his victory.
Second to Weldon was Rutledge, a Whitfield graduate, who had rounds of 71-66 for a 137. The two best scores advanced to the national tournament.
Girls Four State
Missouri is back on top after winning the 2013 Junior Four State Championship Cup. Missouri has won 12 titles since the inception of this event in 1969. The two-day tournament was held at the Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan, Kan.
The Missouri girls shot a team total of 614 — a whopping 38 shots ahead of defending champion Iowa. Jordan Chael of Overland Park, Kan., was the medalist with a score of 150. She bested St. Louis’ Brooke Cusumano by a stroke. Amanda Kim, of Fort Zumwalt South, was third for Missouri with a 153.
Local PGA professionals J.C. Anderson and Bob Gaus have qualified for the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. The PGA Championship will be played Aug. 8 to 11.
Anderson, representing Mid-Rivers Golf Complex in St. Peters; and Gaus, representing Tower Tee Golf Center in St. Louis, finished in the top 20 at the 46th PGA Professional National Championship in Sunriver, Ore.
Joey Johnson, a sophomore-to-be at Missouri State University, is new Missouri state amateur golf champion.
Johnson faced Ryan Zech, a junior at the University of Missouri, and made four birdies over 30 holes in the championship match to win 7 & 6 at Blue Hills Country Club in Kansas City.
Elizabeth Leath and Chris Ferris captured their respective girls and boys 14th Junior Amateur Championship titles recently at Quail Creek Golf Club in the tourney put on by the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association.
Ferris has been a regular participant in many men’s MAGA events the last two years. He had rounds of 76-74 to edge out Joe Williams by 3 shots.
Leath captured the Barbara A. Berkmeyer Trophy with her rounds of 84-79. Elise McDonough finished as the runner-up after rounds of 87-85.
In the Boys 14-15 Division, Ferris was the winner of the Age Division along with the overall title.
East Side Amateur
Bob Hanneken won the 10th East Side Amateur in a playoff with Eli Grant. The two would complete 34 holes at 1-under par.
The normally staid and proper United States Golf Association has turned to the late Rodney Dangerfield (of all people) for the title of its new program designed to combat slow play among recreational golfers. The campaign goes by "While We’re Young," the line uttered by Dangerfield in the iconic 1980 movie, Caddyshack, as he watched Ted Knight take forever to hit off the tee.
Speaking at Merion Golf Club on the eve of the U.S. Open, USGA president Glen Nager called the slow pace of play "one of the most significant threats to the health of the game." He identified the problems as design of the golf course, course setup and a player’s course management and behavior.
Bill Wallis Charitable Foundation
The foundation celebrated its 12th Annual Classic tournament recently at the Country Club of St. Albans. To date, the foundation has awarded $143,000 to 55 deserving students.
The JDRF 15th annual Tee Up to Cure Diabetes was held recently at the Boone Valley Golf Club, with PGA golf pro Jay Williamson on-hand for tips during the day.
“Proceeds from this event will help us fund research that will deliver life-enhancing therapies and ultimately, a cure for type 1 diabetes," says football Hall-of-Famer Jackie Smith, the Tee Up to Cure Diabetes honorary chair.
The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) will hold its annual golf outing on July 30 at Norwood Hills Country Club. The shotgun start begins at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $760 for foursomes and $200 for individual players. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the advancement of women in the industry. For information, visit crewstl.org/events.
That's it for this month. If you have any news about your club champion or a tournament, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next month, keep the ball in the fairway.