What a busy month of golf! Let's tee it up and start by giving a tip of the cap to two of the top amateur golfers in the history of St. Louis: Jim Holtgrieve and Don Bliss.
The two recently were inducted in the Missouri Golf Association’s Hall of Fame in a ceremony at Norwood Hills Country Club.
"It is obviously a great honor to be named to the Hall of Fame and to be included in a group of great players such as Jim Holtgrieve, Bob Cochran, Tom Watson, Jim Jackson, and many more," Bliss says. "To be recognized in this way is very special for me and my family."
Holtgrieve, too, was pleased to be going in with Bliss.
"I am honored and humbled to be named to the MGA Hall of Fame and proud to be going in the same year as Don," he says.
Bliss, 62, has won a record-tying four Missouri State Amateur championships, and has qualified for 29 USGA championships, including 15 U.S. Amateurs and five U.S. Mid-Amateurs. Bliss holds a USGA record that will be hard to surpass: He made two holes-in-one in a 1985 US Mid-Amateur qualifying round at Brook Hollow Country Club.
Holtgrieve, 66, won two Missouri Amateur titles. He’s won the Missouri Four Ball championship twice, in 1989 and 1990 with Jim Mason. In 1978, Holtgrieve was the second low amateur in the U.S. Open at Cherry Hills in Denver when he shot a 304. He has played in the Masters five times, making the cut three times. He has played on three Walker Cup teams, and has been the captain twice.
Chesterfied's Scott Seibert won the 56th annual Phil Cotton Invitational in Columbia at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course.
Seibert, 30, won the recent tournament on the first extra hole to win a five-person playoff. All five finished with 2-over scores of 142. Seibert sank a birdie putt on the par 5 No. 1 hole to claim the victory.
Missouri State Amateur
Joey Johnson of Ozark won his second consecutive Missouri Amateur championship with a 6 & 4 victory in the 36 hole final over Joseph Atkisson of Springfield at Norwood Hills Country Club West Course.
Junior Girls State Championship
Congratulations are in order for Logan Otter of St. Peters, who has captured the Missouri Women’s Golf Association 55th annual Junior Girls Championship at WingHaven Country Club in O'Fallon. This year was Otter's first time playing in the Junior Girls Championship. She shot a first round 2-under 70, remarkably with six birdies on the back nine, earning medalist honors for the state tournament. Finishing with a final round 75 for a total of 145, Otter took home the silver trophy as 2014 Junior Champion.
Otter will be a senior this fall at John Burroughs, the defending Class 1 state champion girls golf team.
Weldon Wins APL Qualifer
Kyle Weldon, who will be a senior this fall at Kansas State, has qualified for the final U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
Weldon won the 36-hole APL Qualifying at Aberdeen Golf Club. He fired a second-round 3-under 68 score after he shot an opening round of 71 to earn his second consecutive trip to the Public Links Championship. Weldon finished at 139, 3-under for the two days.
Team Missouri was unable to defend its championship in the Junior Girls Four State Championship.
Nebraska won the tournament with stellar play from Haley Thiele, who had four birdies in her final round and one bogey and one double to shoot 1 under and earn medalist honors with a 140.
Nebraska won with a team score of 602 to just get by Missouri’s 605. Kansas was fourth at 609 and Iowa came in fourth with a 622.
Emily Goldenstein of Chesterfield, who just graduated from Parkway West, finished four strokes back of Thiele with a 144. Goldenstein finished the front nine at 1 under on the second day but had a bogey on the par five 14th. Another bogey on 16 was followed by a birdie on the 18th. Goldenstein, who will play golf in college at Memphis, finished at even par 72 for both days.
Metropolitan Women's Amateur
Ellen Port won her 13th Metropolitan Women’s Amateur Championship recently at Forest Hills Country Club. Port, who has won six USGA events, outlasted defending champion Catherine Dolan over 36 holes, winning by five strokes with scores of 72-70 for a 2-under total to win.
Missouri State Team Captain
Harriette Myers has been named honorary captain of the Missouri State Team competing in the 2015 USGA State Team Championship. The event will be contested at the Dalhousie Golf Club Sept. 10 to 12 in Cape Girardeau.
The 13th annual Bill Wallis Charitable Foundation's annual golf outing at the Country Club of St. Albans raised more than $100,000. The Foundation was created in honor of the late Bill Wallis, the founder of Wallis Companies who died of melanoma in 2001.
In addition, the recent JDRF 16th annual Tee Up to Cure Diabetes at Boone Valley Golf Club raised $120,000 for T1D Research.
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Until next month, keep hitting them straight.