It might be easier to sneak sunrise past a rooster than keep Skip Berkmeyer out of the finals of the St. Louis District Golf Association. Berkmeyer, who lives in Ballwin and plays out of Norwood Hills, won his fourth Greisedieck Men’s Championship recently. Berkmeyer defeated Joe Timpone 5 and 4. Berkmeyer, 34, reached the final match by defeating Matt Hines 1 up. Timpone reached the final with a 1 up win over Justin Bryant, a freshman at Wake Forest. Bob Cochran has the record with eight championships in the 89-year-old tournament. Jim Holgrieve, Jimmy Mannion and Clarence Wolff also have each won it four times. The defending champion, Dustin Ashby, lost to Matt Kopsky 4 and 2. A total of 90 players teed-off on the first day of qualifying at Norwood Hills.
There’s plenty of other championship golf going on lately. Here’s a look at what else has been happening.
Missouri Amateur Championship
Chesterfield’s Justin Bardgett is the 101st Missouri Amateur Champion. He defeated Berkmeyer 8 and 6 for the title. After two days of stroke play, Bardgett, 21, tied with 12 other competitors for the last four spots to make match play. This resulted in a playoff where Bardgett won the first playoff spot with a birdie on 18. He then proceeded to win his next five matches 1 up, 4 and 3, 4 and 3, 1 up, and 1 up.
In the championship match, Bardgett started out the final day with a birdie on hole 1 to put him 1 up. This was the first time in the entire tournament that Berkmeyer was down in a match. He proceeded to keep his one-up lead until the fifth hole, when he left his par putt short to give the hole to Berkmeyer. Then on the sixth hole, Bardgett chipped in for birdie, putting himself 1 up, and from then on, he was unstoppable. Bardgett would not let up on his opponent all day, closing the first 18 holes with birdies on 16, 17, and 18 to become 4 up. Bardgett continued his dominance of the match by birdying the 20th hole, moving him to 5 up in the match. In making the tournament a family affair, Bardgett had his younger sister, Jacque, caddie for his last five matches. Bardgett will be a junior this fall at Colorado.
U.S. Senior Amateur
One of St. Louis’ top amateurs, Jim Holtgrieve failed to make the cut, shooting a disappointing 151 on rounds of 77 and 74 at the U.S. Senior Open. The tournament was held at Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colo. Holtgrieve qualified for the Senior Open at Westwood Country Club. Holtgrieve shot a 2-under par 68 to win by four strokes on the 6,734-yard par 70 Westwood course. The win helped Holtgrieve earn a spot in the nation’s top senior event for a fourth time.
U.S. Public Links
Scott Langley, who will be a sophomore at Illinois, reached match play in his first USGA event. Langley has qualified for the United States Amateur Public Links Championship at Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora, Colo. Langley, a graduate of Parkway South, was one of three players to qualify at Aberdeen Golf Club in Eureka. He shot a 138 over 36 holes, joining Jeremy Franklin of St. Louis and Chris Brant of Edwardsville, Ill. Murphy Creed was set up at 7,551 yards with a par 71. It is the longest APL course in history. The format featured 36-hole stroke play qualifying, setting up a 64-man match play. Langley finished in 11th place after stroke play. He won his first match against Phillip Choi of Orlando, 2 and 1. In his second match, Kyle Leach of Louisville defeated Langley 1-up. Langley was happy with his efforts. “It was a great time, a great experience,” he says.
The Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association held its Metropolitan Open. The field of 135 players included 42 golf professionals and 93 amateurs. Some of the notables included John Kelly (Missouri), the 2006 U.S. Amateur runner-up; Berkmeyer, the 2006 Metropolitan Open champion; Langley, the 2006 Western Junior Amateur runner-up; Ryan Franks (Western Illinois), the 2007 Metropolitan Amateur champion; Bardgett, the 2008 Missouri Amateur champion; and 2008 U.S. Open qualifier Bob Gaus. Langley won a playoff over professional Justin McCarraher. Both ended with scores of 206. McCarraher was the top finishing professional, and he won $5,000.
Metropolitan Women’s Open
Bogey Hills’ Chelsea Schriewer of St. Charles won the Jayne Watson Trophy by finishing birdie, par, par to overtake 10-time champion Ellen Port and win her first Metropolitan Women’s Amateur title on her home course. Schriewer, 21, a senior at the University of Missouri, posted a two-day 2-under par 140 to edge Port by a shot at the 16th playing of the MAGA Women’s Amateur Championship. It marked the second time in a week that a championship came down between Schriewer and Port, the three-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion and two-time Curtis Cup participant. Catherine Dolan and Jacque Bardgett, a pair of Meadowbrook golfers who will start their college careers this fall, finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Ballwin’s Joe Migdal parred the second playoff hole to edge Chesterfield’s Adam Welch for the overall title of the ninth Metropolitan Junior Amateur Championship held recently at Forest Park. Each golfer completed the 36-hole competition at 3-over 143.
Migdal, a senior at De Smet, held a one-shot lead heading into the final round. He backed up his first-round 69 with a 4-over 74. His birdie at the par-3 17th gave him a one-shot advantage heading to the 600-yard par-5 closing hole. But Migdal bogeyed No. 18 to slide back into a tie with Welch, a junior at CBC. After making pars at the first playoff, Migdal won his first major junior title by parring the second playoff hole. Defending champion Dan Schaller finished third.
O’Fallon may not know it yet, but the city could be the home of the next Metro-east golfing prodigy. Seven-year-old Dylan Davidson recently won the 8-year-old division of the U.S. Kids World Golf Championship qualifier at Eagle Springs Golf Course in St. Louis. That earned him a trip to Pinehurst, N.C., to compete in the U.S. Kids World Golf Championship. “Last year he qualified, but he didn’t get to go because he didn’t win,” said Davidson’s father, Lance Davidson, a 5-handicap golfer.
Davidson competed against more than 100 players from around the country in the 8-year-old division in North Carolina. At the qualifier, he shot a 7-over par 43 on the hilly 1,900-yard tract at Eagle Springs to finish in a tie for first after nine holes. Davidson won in a sudden-death playoff on the second hole. “The kid tied him on the last hole with a 10-foot putt,” Lance Davidson said. “But after that, he just kind of outlasted him. It was pretty amazing to see him hold his focus.” In 2007 as a 6-year-old, Davidson was third in the World Junior Golf Illinois qualifier. He will be a third-grader at Moye Elementary School later this year.
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