The Metropolitan Match Play Championship trophy has many familiar names etched on it, including such amateur standouts as Don Bliss, Jim Holtgrieve, Skip Berkmeyer and Justin Bryant.
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He is at a golf course every morning at 6 a.m. He wants to be the first person off, and he doesn’t have time to wait behind a foursome of a bunch of hackers. He has too much at stake. He has a swing out of Golf Digest and the mind of a champion. He also has a dream: 23-year-old Justin Bryant wants to be a member of the PGA Tour.
Justin Bryant did it again. The defending Metropolitan Match Play champion beat Skip Berkmeyer for the second consecutive year. At the recent event held at Old Warson Country Club, Bryant stopped Berkmeyer, 5 & 3. With the two all square, Bryant won No. 8 and 9 with pars to lead 2-up going into the last nine holes. A par on No. 10 gave Bryant a 3-up advantage. A birdie from the right rough on No. 11 gave the Wake Forest senior and De Smet grad a 4-up lead. It ended on No. 15 when Berkmeyer conceded Bryant’s birdie bid.
The old cliche about the third time being the charm turned out to be right for Skip Berkmeyer. The 37- year-old finally succeeded in his third attempt to win the Missouri Amateur Championship at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta.
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.
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.