Local Golf News

Class 2 state champions, the Whitfield Warriors.

It’s been a busy month with the state high school golf tournaments plus other amateur events in the area. Let’s tee it up and see what’s been happening.

Golf Digest Rankings

    A recent issue of Golf Digest ranks the top 10 private courses in Missouri: Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta, Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Old Warson Country Club in Ladue, The Club at Porto Cima in Sunrise Beach at the Lake of the Ozarks, Bellerive Country Club in Town & Country, St. Louis Country Club in Ladue, Tavern Creek at Country Club of St. Albans, Lewis and Clark at Country Club of St. Albans, Branson Creek Golf Club in Branson, and Fox Run Golf Club in Eureka.   

    “We are very pleased and honored to be consistently  recognized as having two of the top 10 courses in the state of Missouri,” says St. Albans GM David Derfel. “We take a lot of pride in these rankings,” Derfel said. “They represent our mission of having state-ranked golf facilities.” 

Metropolitan Match Play Championship

    Sixth-seeded Justin Bryant ran the gauntlet and captured the 16th annual Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association’s Match Play Championship.

    Bryant defeated the top 3 seeds in capturing the 2011 title. The redshirt junior from Wake Forest played the equivalent to 1-under par for 16 holes in the Match Play Championship final match to prevail at Old Warson Country Club under rainy and chilly conditions.      

High School Boys Golf

    Congratulations to Class 2 state champions, the Whitfield Warriors.

    The Warriors trailed by six strokes after the first round at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield but shaved a whopping 30 strokes in the second round to finish with a score of 646 to Maryville’s 674 second-place finish.

    “For me, winning anything is very difficult, but winning back-to-back is an accomplishment I am very proud of,” Whitfield coach Harold Barker says. Junior Mitchell Rutledge was the medalist in a runaway as well winning by eight strokes. He never trailed in the tournament.

    In Class 3, Westminster Christian Academy was unable to repeat its championship and finished second behind Pembroke Hill. Westminster junior Kevin VandeKamp finished in a tie for second with a 151.

    In Class 4, De Smet finished fourth, one stroke ahead of Parkway South at Twin Oaks Country Club in Springfield. De Smet shot a two-day total of 632 while Parkway South shot 633.  

Women’s Senior Championship

    Barbara Berkmeyer of Frontenac recently won her record 10th Missouri Senior Women’s Championship title. Berkmeyer won the 19th annual tournament this year at Glen Echo Country Club with a 157. The gross champion, Mary Ann Beattie, plays out of the Country Club of St. Albans; net champion, Kathleen West, plays out of Greenbriar Hills.

Berkmeyer has long been a dominant player in the state, winning the first of five Missouri Golf Association Women’s Amateur Championships in 1970.

    Besides her 10 senior championships, Berkmeyer also has won the St. Louis Women’s District Golf Association championship eight times. “I probably won’t retire,” Berkmeyer said. “I taught school for 25 years and every September I go out and buy school shoes. I enjoy playing. That’s what I do.”


    Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Dennis Hejlik, commander, will play at the seventh annual Missouri Friends of Injured Marines on Aug. 28 at the Country Club at the Legends.

    The Marine Guest of Honor will be Cpl. Todd Nicely, one of only three surviving quadruple amputees of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He lost both arms and legs when he stepped on an explosive device last year in Afghanistan. Nicely and his wife, Crystal, are from Arnold but now have Walter Reed Army Medical Center as their official address as he learns how to use his new prosthetic arms and hands.

    Nicely is one of the many injured Marines who are assisted in rehabilitation by the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, the recipient of the net proceeds from the golf ouing. Cost is $375 per golfer and $1,500 per team, which includes a tournament gift, lunch, awards dinner and cocktails. Registrations may be made online at semperfigolf.com.

    Hejlik’s attendance is in recognition of the fact that the golf event raises more money each year for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund than any other such organization in the country. Last year it raised $200,000. This year the local golf tournament hopes to send at least that much to IMSFF.

      That’s is for another month. If you have any golf news or made a hole-in-one, let me know. Contact me at wlmayes@charter.net. Thanks for reading and remember, you can’t birdie them all unless you birdie the first hole. LN

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