St. Louis Country Club to Host Region’s Top Amateurs at 31st Metropolitan Amateur Championship

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Ladue, MO – Saint Louis Country Club is set to host the 31st Metropolitan Amateur Championship from Thursday, August 5, to Saturday, August 7th. A talented field of 156 golfers representing 38 clubs across the Saint Louis metropolitan area are scheduled to tee it up for the coveted Jim Tom Blair trophy.

The three-day championship will be 54-holes at stroke play. The field will be cut to low-40 scores and ties after 36 holes. In the event of a tie after 54 holes, the championship will be decided a three-hole aggregate playoff. 

“We are thrilled to return to one of our region’s most historic clubs for the 31st Amateur Championship” said Executive Director, Curt Rohe. “While just under 6,600 yards, St. Louis CC offers so many opportunities for course setup and offers a challenge to even the best amateurs.  It will provide for a great 3-days of competition and whoever comes out on top on Saturday will have earned their spot on the Jim Tom Blair Trophy.”  

The Metropolitan Amateur Championship, first contested in 1991, is MAGA’s signature event every season and regularly attracts every level of amateur player from juniors, college players, mid-amateurs and seniors.

This week will mark the second time Saint Louis Country Club has hosted MAGA’s amateur championship, having done so in 2011 when Ryan Penfield won the title.

The USGA recognizes Saint Louis Country Club as one of the first 100 Clubs in America. It is no stranger to hosting major golf events, having hosted eight USGA Championships in its history, including the 1947 U.S. Open when Lew Worsham defeated Sam Snead in a playoff.

“St. Louis Country Club is honored to host the Metropolitan Amateur Championship,” said Grant Masson, PGA. “St. Louis Country Club has a rich history hosting men’s and women’s professional and amateur golf tournaments. This classic Charles Blair McDonald course will offer a spectacular setting and a unique experience for the players and we look forward to a great tournament.”

Out of 232 entries, 156 advanced to make the field at this year’s playing, including a handful of exempt players. Seven past champions will be in the field, starting with Ryan Penfield who won at Saint Louis Country Club ten years ago. Drew Pranger (2016, 2018), Shawn Jasper (2017), Skip Berkmeyer (2009), Brian Kennedy (1999), Brad Carpenter (2019), and Jimmy Siegfried (2015) are the other past champions in the field.

Christopher Ferris, champion of the 30th Metropolitan Amateur Championship last year at Meadowbrook Country Club, is not in the field this year. The former UMSL player earned a spot in the field at next week’s 121st U.S. Amateur at Oakmont from MAGA’s qualifier at Aberdeen Golf Club in early July.

Sam Migdal comes into the championship as the reigning Old Warson Cup winner, having bested the top 16 players from last year’s MAGA Player of the Year standings at Old Warson Country Club this past June in match play.

The 2021 Missouri Amateur Champion, Curtis Brokenbrow, is in the field and will be in a group with two past champions in Skip Berkmeyer and Drew Pranger.

17 players who competed in the 21st Metropolitan Amateur Championship at St. Louis Country Club are back in the field ten years later at the same venue, including Chris Kovach and Jack Eisenbeis, who tied for third. Eisenbeis was one of just two players in the field to shoot in the 60s during the first two days of competition.

St. Louis Country Club is a par-71 layout that measures 6,536 yards for the championship. The course features five par 3s, nine par 4s, and four par 5s.

Play begins at 7:15 a.m. off both No. 1 and No. 10 tees on Thursday and Friday, after which the field will be cut to low-40 scores and ties. 

Live scoring and groupings and starting times are available through Golf Genius with the GGID VQGGXQ.

For updates throughout the championship, follow MAGA on Twitter @MetAmateurGA

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Monday, August 2

  • Official Practice Round (8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. walking tee times)

Thursday, August 5

  • First Round Split Tee Times (7:15 a.m. first wave, 12:30 p.m. second wave)

Friday, August 6

  • Second Round Split Tee Times (7:15 a.m. first wave, 12:30 p.m. second wave)

Saturday, August 7

  • Final Round (7:15 a.m. off No. 1)

 

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