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It's been another busy month with several local golfers achieving success in various tournaments. Let's get right to it.
St. Louis native Scott Langley enjoyed a solid debut on the PGA Tour. Langley, a Parkway South and University of Illinois graduate, earned a spot on the tour this year.
Scott Langley at the Sony Open
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.
The life of a professional golfer is filled with fairways and greens, runways and highways. That’s life for Scott Langley. The pride of Parkway South, if you’re looking for Langley you can find him on a train, in a plane or in a car headed to the next tournament, the next qualifier and the next shot at making it onto the PGA Tour.
Scott Langley chips out of a bunker at The Olympic Club in San Francisco while competing in the U.S. Open.
Matt Lange with groomsmen Tony Aiazzi, Mark Aubuchon, John Beck, Andy McFadden, Matt Aiazzi, Dan Thies and usher Scott Langley. Photo by Clary Pheiffer Photo Company
Fore! It’s time for golf once again, and we will strive to keep you updated on the local golf scene this year by letting you know who is playing well in area events, and getting out information about tournaments or news from your country club. A lot has happened since we signed off last October, so let’s get to the first tee.
Crown the ladies of Quail Creek Golf Course champions again! The women have clinched the 2010 team play competition, marking the fourth consecutive year they have won. The St. Louis Women’s Golf Association are ladies who play in 18-hole golf leagues at various public courses. The Oct. 28 fall awards banquet features KSDK’s Kay Quinn as guest speaker.
The terrific golf season continues into the fall for Illinois senior Scott Langley, who’s been selected to the U.S. team that will compete at the 2010 World Amateur Team Championships. The 21-year-old Langley is ranked 10th in the latest World Amateur Golf Rankings. USA World Amateur team captain Fred Ridley named Langley, a Parkway South grad, along with recently crowned U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein of Oklahoma State and runner-up David Chung of Stanford to the squad, which will compete for the Dwight Eisenhower Trophy Oct. 28 to 31 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
ll summer, the big news in local golf has been Scott Langley. The University of Illinois senior has captured some big wins and made a name for himself by doing well in the U.S. Open as an amateur. But there’s more than one Langley who can swing the sticks: Younger brother Nick is getting in on the action, too. The Parkway South grad, who’s headed to Missouri State this fall, won the recent St. Louis District Men’s Golf Association championship. Langley faced Tim Cochran and earned the championship with a 3 and 2 decision. “Tim is a very good competitor and he deserved to win just as much as I did.” Langley says. The younger Langley prepped for the championship by playing in such events as the Normandie Amateur, Eastside Amateur and Metropolitan Open this summer.
What a spring and summer it has been for local golfer Scott Langley! We can only marvel at what this young man has accomplished. Langley, a Parkway South alum who will be a senior at the University of Illinois this fall, clinched the match that helped the U.S. defeat Europe, 13 to 11, and claim the Palmer Cup. The annual event that was held recently at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Ireland pits U.S. college athletes against their counterparts from Europe.
What a season Parkway South graduate Scott Langley is having! The Illinois junior is on top of the local golf world now, and justifiably so. Langley has won the NCAA championship, was named a First Team All-American, earned the Division I Arnold Palmer Award and bettered the field at a U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier to earn the only spot available in the U.S. Open’s 20-man field. Langley, who is from Manchester, Mo., shot an 8 under par 132 for 36 holes at St. Albans. His back-to-back 66s gave him a 3-shot victory over Drew Lethem of Camdenton, Mo. In a span of five rounds, Langley had just seven bogeys while shooting a combined 18-under par. Langley also won the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association Match Play Championship for the first time. He topped Berkmeyer, the eight-time Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association Player of the Year, for the championship, winning 1-up.
Score one for area golf professionals: The professionals held on for a tightly contested MAGA/Gateway PGA Cup Matches and earned a 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 victory over the amateur team at Gateway National Golf Links. The amateurs scored a 15 to 9 victory in 2009, but this year the pros proved they can win this event, too. Each team had 14 players.
If you want to help a former St. Louisian play a round of golf at Pebble Beach with Wayne Gretzky, Drew Brees and Mark Wahlberg, go online to vote! Parkway North grad Scott Fahrney has been selected a finalist in the U.S. Open Challenge by Golf Digest and NBC based on his 60-word essay. Fahrney wrote that his fondest golf memories are about his dad, Sean O’Hair, from whom he has been estranged for the past couple years. “I thought if I won this contest, I could walk the fairways of Pebble Beach with my dad at my side and begin the healing process,“ he wrote. Visit the Golf Digest web site to vote.
Congratulations to St. Louis‘ Tom O’Toole Jr., who continues to move up the U.S. Golf Association hierarchy. O’Toole will serve his third term on the USGA Executive Committee in 2010. The USGA has announced he has been nominated to serve as secretary of the 15-member Executive Committee.
Here’s your last chance to see quality amateur golf this season: the 2009 USGA Men’s State Team Championship takes place this week at the Country Club of St. Albans. Skip Berkmeyer, Darren Lundgren and Brian Haskell will represent Missouri, and Stan Grossman will captain the Missouri squad.
She never really went away, but Ellen Port is back. After a two-year absence from the Jayne Watson Trophy, Port’s name was engraved on it for an 11th time when she won the 17th annual Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association’s Women’s Amateur Championship. Port, who plays out of Fox Run Golf Club, shot a second-round 75 to finish with a 2-over 146 for the tournament, held at Whitmoor Country Club. She has long been one of the top amateur women in the area, recording four national amateur titles and two international Curtis Cup appearances in her career. She also is a teacher and coach of the John Burroughs Bombers high school boys golf team.
Scott Langley of Manchester is a golfer worth knowing. The Parkway South grad, now a sophomore at Illinois, recently was named the Big Ten Conference’s Men’s Golfer of the Week, an honor he’s earned for the third time in his career.
The Ruth Park Driving Range in University City opened earlier this month. Located just minutes from downtown Clayton off Old Bonhomme Road, the facility offers unprecedented convenience for area players. High school golf coaches and teams are excited with the new practice facility, too. Twenty-five hitting stations overlook a rolling terrain with target greens and bunkers. For evening practice, state-of-the-art lights, both on the ground and in the air, allow perfect view of the ball flight while casting minimal dispersion of lumens to surrounding footage outside the active range area. Automated ball dispensing accommodates cash, tokens and e-cards that may be loaded and renewed. Professional instruction is available for all skill levels.