Fore! Spring is here and it’s time to get the clubs out of storage and head to the practice range. While we’ve been anxious to get on the greens, golf news has been moving forward…
Country Club of St. Albans
Jim Morton, immediate past president of The Country Club of St. Albans, recently was selected as one of the 21 most successful private club presidents in the nation for 2009 by BoardRoom magazine. “It has been my privilege to serve as president at The Country Club of St. Albans,” said Morton, executive VP and co-owner of American Metal Supply. “The Country Club of St. Albans has succeeded in marshaling the many talents of so many individuals in the most challenging of economic times. Where other private and country clubs and large and small businesses saw challenges, we saw opportunities.”
Tom O’Toole, United States Golf Association (USGA) secretary and USGA Championship Committee Chairman, said the honor is good for the area golfing community. “This is a fine feather in the cap for The Country Club of St. Albans,” O’Toole commented.
Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association
The Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association (MAGA) has announced that St. Albans has agreed to continue hosting the Metropolitan Open Championship through 2014.
The fifth Metropolitan Open is set for July 8 through 10 on the Lewis & Clark Course at The Country Club of St. Albans. “We think this championship is a fantastic event showcasing the area’s best amateur and professional talent,” said club president Scott Zone. “We look forward to working hard to further the game of golf and promote this championship.”
The 144-player field will be comprised of golf professionals and amateurs who have a USGA Handicap Index of 3.4 or lower and who are members of or affiliated with a member club. The format will be a 54-hole stroke play event with a cut after 36 holes to the low 40 and ties. The Champion will receive a gold medal; the runner-up a silver medal and low-amateur a silver medal. Golf professionals will play for a purse of cash and must survive the cut to receive any prize money.
In other tournament news, the MAGA has announced that the region’s most coveted amateur championship will return Aug. 12 through 14 at Meadowbrook Country Club. This is the 20th anniversary for the MAGA amateur championship, and the 10th anniversary for Meadowbrook as host. Bob Beckmann, a Meadowbrook member, won the title in 2000 with a one-stroke victory over Tom Barry.
Skip Berkmeyer captured the 2009 version of the amateur at Bellerive Country Club. MAGA’s eight-time Player of the Year was able to hold off one of the strongest fields in amateur history to have his name etched on the Jim Tom Blair Trophy.
The Senior Championship will be held May 18 to 19 at Jefferson City Country Club. The 2009 champion was Mary Ann Beattie. The Junior Championship will be held June 9 to 10 at Creekmoor Golf Club in Raymore. The defending champion is Kate Gallagher.
The girls’ Four State Championship will be held June 27 to 29 at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny, Iowa. Nebraska is the defending champion. The Amateur Championship will be held July 12 to 14 at Lake Forest Country Club. The 2009 champion was Cheslea Schriewer. The Fore State Team Championship will be held Aug. 3 to 4 at Ledgestone Country Club. The defending champion is Arkansas.
Join Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as it swings into its 40th year of funding the research needed to treat, cure and ultimately prevent diabetes at the 12th Annual JDRF Golf Tournament. The daylong event will be held June 14 at the newly redesigned Algonquin Golf Club in Glendale. The event chairman is Bill Rowe.
There will be a hole-in-one-contest, a long drive champion, a free clinic and swing analysis, lunch, a cocktail reception, a silent auction, prizes and surprises at the event. Foursomes and sponsorships available. Contact Sue Batterson at 729-1846, ext. 12, for more information.
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