David Baldwin of Sedalia, a 2012 Sacred Heart graduate, shot a 40-44-84 in the 2013 Missouri Amateur Championship, hosted by the Blue Hills Country Club, Kansas City on Tuesday.
Baldwin is a former state individual medalist, and part of the three-time state championship golf team from Sacred Heart.
The first round of the Missouri Golf Association’s 106th Missouri Amateur Championship took place on Tuesday, June 18 at Blue Hills Country Club. The morning wave of players finished their round in sunny skies while the afternoon group had a short rain delay during their round.
The leader of the Missouri Amateur after the first round is Michael McGee of Kansas City, Mo., who shot a two under par 70. McGee recorded a double eagle on hole number one, a par five, after holing his second shot. He holds a one stroke lead over four players in the field. Drew Hatten and Doug Albers, both from Leawood, Kan., Joe Migdal from Ballwin, Mo., and Ryan Zech from Kearney, Missouri all shot 71, one under, to share second place.
Some past Missouri Amateur champions fared well during the first round of play. Skip Berkmeyer of Wildwood, a three time winner, shot 73 and is tied for seventh place. Two-time winner Ben Godwin of Poplar Bluff shot 75 and sits in tied for 19th. The 2012 MGA Senior Amateur Champion, Charles Schrogl is tied for seventh place after shooting 73. Jack Litzelfelner III, one of the two 15-year-olds in the field, made his Missouri Amateur debut by shooting 75, 3 over par, and is tied for 19th.
The second round of stroke play began at 7:30 Wednesday morning with a morning and afternoon wave of players. The field of 153 players will then be cut down to the low 64 scores. These players will qualify for the match play portion of the Missouri Amateur which begins on Thursday, June 20.
Day Two Update:
The second round of the Missouri Golf Association’s 106th Missouri Amateur Championship took place on Wednesday June 19th at Blue Hills Country Club. The rain stayed north and the sun shined all day, even into the 8 o’clock hour for the 64th place playoff.
Doug Albers from Leawood, Kansas was the medalist of the two day, 36 hole, stroke play portion of the championship, posting scores 71-70 for a total of 141, 3 under par 144. Albers recorded 3 birdies with 1 bogey for his 2 under 70 round. Albers finished with a one stroke ahead of Kearney, Missouri golfer Ryan Zech and two strokes ahead of round one leader Micheal McGee, Kansas City, Missouri who finished with a total of 143.
The day started with a 153 golfers but only 64 would make the cut and proceed to match play. Throughout the day, the projected cut line jumped from 157 to 155 and stayed at 155 for the two day total. A playoff for 6 available spots took place for the 7 players who recorded a score of 155, they were Wilson Sundvold, Don Bliss, Tanner Fennewald, Troy Halterman, Josh Weems, Derek Reynolds, and JP Derksen. The playoff started on the par 4, 10th hole where Sundvold, Weems, Reynolds, Derksen all made par, while Halterman posted a bogey and Bliss and Fennewald scored double bogey. This left Bliss and Fennewald going head to head for the final 64th spot. They tied on hole 11, but Tanner Fennewald secured the 64th spot and beat Don Bliss by finishing with a birdie on the par 3, 12th hole.
The last time the Missouri Amateur Championship was at Blue Hills Country Club was in 2006 and Ben Godwin was the champion and is still in the running for the 2013 Champion, along with past champion Skip Berkmeyer. The youngest player in the field is 15-year old Jack Litzelfelner III who tied for 34th with a two day total of 152.
Starting Thursday, June 20th is the match play portion of the championship. The final 64 with be paired into 32 matches and go head to head for 32 spots and will move onto Friday for the 36 holes of match play.
Final update: Two rounds of matches were played on Saturday, June 22. The morning round was the quarterfinals which saw great play from several players. Joey Johnson and Drew Hatten were both having under par rounds during their match against each other. Their match went back and forth from all square and one up until the 13th hole. On the par 5, Johnson hit his second shot to about a foot to eagle and go 2 up on Hatten. Hatten was unable to win another hole and Johnson won the match 3 and 1.
Brian Haskell and Derek Reynolds also had a close match going that ended on the 18th hole with Haskell winning 1 up. They were all square after the 16th hole but on 17 Reynolds three putted and Haskell went 1 up. Both players pared 18 and the match was over with Haskell winning.
In another quarterfinal match, Ryan Zech was able to knock off Skip Berkmeyer, a three time champion. Zech led the match for most of the front nine, but Berkmeyer was able to get the match to all square after the 11th. The match stayed like that until 15 when Zech was able to win 15 and 16. Zech won 2 and 1 on the 17th hole when they both pared.
The final quarterfinal match started with Michael McGee taking control of the match quickly and going 4 up on Michael Wootten after the first four holes. Wootten fought back throughout the match and got back to McGee only being 2 up after 11. From there it was pars the rest of the way for both players and McGee won the match 2 and 1.
The four winners moved on to the semifinal round in the afternoon and were played in windier conditions. Joey Johnson was able to keep his streak going against Brian Haskell. Johnson was never down in the match but Haskell was able to keep the match at all square for several holes. Johnson ended up winning 3 and 1.
The final semifinal match needed extra holes to decide who moved on to the final round. Michael McGee took the early lead before Ryan Zech was able to get the match back to all square. Zech was 1 up after 15 but McGee one the next hole to go all square. The match kept going until the 21st hole when Zech birdied and McGee bogied.
The final match is set to be played starting Sunday morning. Joey Johnson, a Missouri State University golfer, and Ryan Zech, a University of Missouri golfer, will square off in a 36 hole match to determine the 2013 Missouri Amateur Champion.
Joey Johnson of Ozark won, 7 and 6.