What a busy month of golf! Let's tee it up and start by giving a tip of the cap to two of the top amateur golfers in the history of St. Louis: Jim Holtgrieve and Don Bliss.
Nadoz Bakery & Café bowed its newest location at the Taubman Prestige Outlets in Chesterfield earlier this month. The new spot features specialty coffee and espresso, all-day breakfast, homemade soups and salads, sandwiches and desserts, along with a Burger Bar and the new Nadoz Squeeze Juice Bar, offering raw juice from fresh fruits and vegetables.
The close-knit community drew the Muths to Des Peres. The family of four includes Sherry, a nursing administrator for Washington University’s Sleep Medicine Center; her husband, Rich, senior director of marketing and new product development at International Mulch Company; and their sons, Jacob and Andrew, enjoy all the social activities offered in their neighborhood and at the boys’ school, Saint Gerard Magella. Sherry spoke with us more about her family’s favorites in Des Peres.
Congratulations are in order for chef DAVE ROOK, who has been named new executive chef at Oceano Bistro’s Chesterfield location at 16125 Chesterfield Parkway West. Most recently, he and his brother, MIKE, owned and operated Washington Avenue’s King Louie’s Empire Deli and Pizza. He's also served as executive chef at Copia and Crazy Fish, as well as being part-owner and chef of Aqua Vin. Rook is part of the well-known culinary Rook family, which includes dad LOU JR., meat cutter at Annie Gunn's, and brother LOU III, who serves as exec chef there.
Anne LeBlanc and Ryan Nunley
Of all the people who have ever played high school football in our area, I think what T. J. Moe did his senior year stacks up against anybody—anybody. Read closely: At Fort Zumwalt West in 2008, he scored 61 touchdowns. That is not a career, that is a single season. Only Roger Maris has had a more impressive 61. Moe threw for 2,557 yards, and he ran for 2,029 yards. Throw in a perfect grade point average and a pretty good basketball career, and you have a pretty nice high-school experience.
It’s the final golf column of the season, so let’s hit a driver and get started.
Parkway West Longhorns
The Walker Cup is the oldest of golf's biennial competitions, and St. Louis native Jim Holtgrieve captained the U.S. team to victory. Nathan Smith, a 35-year-old investment adviser, scored the clinching point in a 17-9 victory against Britain and Ireland in the sport’s top amateur team competition.
Jennifer Reiss and Jerred Killoren
Margaret Jordan and Christopher Chastain
Becca Edwards & Peter Jordan
For the second year, in a tight competition with less than 20 votes separating the top two churches, St. Paul's Catholic Church, Fenton, beat out St. Dominic Savio, Affton, to win Friendship Village Sunset Hills' Fourth Annual Quilting Competition. Several hundred voted in the week's competition and display of quilts from area churches at Fountain View, the freestanding assisted-living community at Friendship Village Sunset Hills. Pictured: Erlinda Madridondo, Ruth Finder, Donna Robinson and Mary Haukap (kneeling) proudly display their winning quilt.
We’re just a few weeks away from the opening of the 2012 WILLIAM BERNOUDY LADUE NEWS SHOW HOUSE. The Show House, presented by U.S. Bank, will be on view from Oct. 5 through Oct. 21, with proceeds benefitting local charities. Last week, Show House designers gathered during a reception at THE TROVA PROJECT in Clayton, where they viewed and selected pieces from the gallery to incorporate into their design. LN design editor Alan E. Brainerd has more on this year’s featured home and the iconic name behind it beginning on p. 56.
Merrily, merrily, Ellen Port just keeps rolling along. At 51, she continues to defy Father Time. Port won a record eighth Missouri Women’s Amateur Championship in a two-hole playoff with defending champion Catherine Dolan at Shadow Glen Golf Club in Olathe, Kan.
Clayton favorite Oceano Bistro has debuted another location at 16125 Chesterfield Parkway West in Chesterfield, while the space at 2001 Park Ave. that once housed Arcelia’s is now the home of Laredo on Lafayette Square, which is serving up both classic Mexican and Mexican-fusion cuisine.
Lift for Life founder (and 2011 LN Most Dynamic Person honoree) MARSHALL COHEN is retiring from the nonprofit gym he established in 1988. During his 24 years as executive director, Cohen impacted the lives of more than 350 youngsters each year through fitness and recreational programs offered free-of-charge. Nonprofit veteran Joseph Miller replaces Cohen; but we’re told that Cohen will remain involved in the gym, and will continue his duties as executive director of Lift for Life Academy, the charter school he founded in 2000. Cohen will be honored at an Oct. 12 event at SqWires restaurant in Lafayette Square. For ticket information, call 231-2337 x. 226 or visit liftforlifegym.org.
Sam Erlinger is on another level. Whether it’s in the pool, the classroom or the lab, the St. Louis University High senior water polo standout excels. He was one of four students in his class to score a perfect 36 on his ACT. “I took it twice. I got a perfect score the second time,” the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Erlinger says. “There was a little moment of disbelief.”
Joe Allen, Parkway West (Andrew Jansen | STLhighschoolsports.com)
SATURDAY, MAY 19
Simply put, Joe Allen was a brick wall last Saturday night. Allen, the Parkway West water polo goalie, stood tall and proud against a vaunted SLUH lineup in the Missouri Water Polo state championships. Allen treaded water for the entire 37 minutes as the Longhorns came away with an 11-10 victory in sudden death. “You watch movies, and it’s kind of like every athlete’s dream to go out and win state your senior year, especially in this fashion,” Allen says. “It just went back and forth and back and forth and fortunately for us, it went forth at the perfect time.”
SATURDAY, MAY 12
Paul Baudendistel relished the past week. The head coach of the St. Louis University High water polo team, Baudendistel and the Junior Billikens had a week with no games, no worries and no stress. They did not, however, have the week off. Instead, SLUH’s polo players went through an intense week of fitness and conditioning. They treaded water for five minutes with just their legs and intermittently were told to do jumping jacks. There were walls squats, squat jumps and hard lap after hard lap. “It’s our last chance to do hard conditioning and gear up for one last push,” Baudentdistel says.
One in seven kids in St. Louis County is living in poverty, according to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau. In the city, that number skyrockets to a staggering 40 percent.
RICK GRAEFE / JOURNAL sluh's Michael Savio pushes the ball towards Parkway West's end near the end of the the first 3 minute overtime period Wednesday afternoon at parkway West where the Junior Billikens prevailed in overtime, 10-8.