What a busy month! Let’s start with something I only have had happen in my dreams: getting a hole in one. Debbie Manne, a member of Norwood Hills Country Club, had two holes in one within three weeks of each other. How about that? Her first came on par-3 No. 7 on the West Course on Aug. 9. Then on Aug. 31, she got her second one on the par-3 No. 10 on the East Course. Her friend, Beth Schastee, witnessed the first hole in one. And basketball coaching legend Bobby Knight, who was in town for a benefit, was playing Norwood that day and was two holes ahead of Manne. When they met in the clubhouse, he graciously signed her scorecard.
Then we have 15-year-old Michael McClelland, a sophomore at Principia who recorded his first hole in one. It came Sept. 4 on the par-3 No. 8 at The Landings at Spirit Golf Club in Chesterfield. His father, Dan, was playing with him.
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS GOLF
The fall season for area high school girls is underway. Last year, St. Joseph’s Academy, Westminster Christian Academy and MICDS all qualified for the state tournament. All have the goal to return. St. Joe coach Carol Fromuth has just one girl back from the team that finished third in Class 2. Westminster coach Steve Bradley has three all-state players back from the squad that finished third in Class 1. MICDS finished second and has six players back to play for new coach Steve Johnston, who replaced Scott Small.
Congratulations to veteran amateur golfer Skip Berkmeyer, who qualified for the 2011 U.S. Mid- Amateur. Berkmeyer finished third with a 1-over par 71 in the qualifying tournament held at Norwood Hills Country Club to earn the final spot in the USGA event. It will be his seventh time playing in the U.S. Mid-Amateur, which will take place at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, Texas. “Absolutely, this is my favorite USGA tournament,” Berkmeyer says. “It’s a tournament where I have a more realistic chance to have success for the week.”
There’s a new champion for the top local amateur tournament in the area: Ryan Penfield won the 21st Metropolitan Amateur at St. Louis Country Club. Penfield, 22, is a senior at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he had a solid career.
Congratulations to Missouri graduate Shawn Jasper, who made his first cut on the Nationwide Tour. It’s been a struggle in his first year on pro golf’s second-level tour but the Francis Howell graduate is working hard. Jasper missed the cut in his first 15 tournaments. However, he made the cut in No. 16—the Mylan Classic in Canonsburg, Pa. He finished 63rd with a 1-over 285.
METROPOLITAN AMATEUR GOLF ASSOCIATION
Happy birthday to the Metropolitan Golf Association, which turned 20 last month. Thomas O’Toole Jr. is in his fourth year as a member of the U.S. Golf Association executive committee and his first as VP. He was one of the MAGA’s founding members, along with the late Jim Blair, Mike Corry, Stan Grossman and Jim Holtgrieve. Today, membership has grown to more than 120 member clubs.
MISSOURI FORE STATE
The Fore State Team Championship held recently at the Hardscrabble Country Club in Ft. Smith, Ark., saw the Missouri women finish second. Oklahoma finished first with 12 points. Missouri was second with 10.5 points. Kansas came in third and Arkansas was fourth.
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