The 99th playing of the STLDGA Griesedieck Men’s Championship can be remembered
as the year of OT! 88 players teed it up on Thursday at Meadowbrook Country Club.
The course was in terrific shape, and played tough at 6,924 Yards.
The morning rounds brought some excellent golf, with Skip Berkmeyer, our 2017 Men’s
Champion from the Legends, and Toppie Hogan, from Old Warson, shooting 4 Under
68’s. Frankie Thomas, from Meadowbrook, and David Johnson, from Norwood,
recording 71s. Chris Kovach, from Old Hickory, shot an even par 72 in the afternoon
Scott McClellan, from Winghaven, recorded a 68 on Friday, for a two day total of 143,
while Drew Pranger, from Glen Echo, shot 69. Berkmeyer shot even par on Day 2, to
be the Stroke Play Medalist at 140. McClellan was second at 142, Pranger at 143, and
Thomas at 144.
Skip Berkmeyer 2018 Medalist
Five of the eight matches on Saturday went 19 holes. The Meadowbrook members
were most gracious in letting the matches go thru their rounds in order to complete the
Round of 16-July 21
A. Cusumano (Norwood) def. S Berkmeyer (Legends) 3 & 1
J. Landry (Greenbriar) def. D. Johnson (Norwood) 19 Holes
P. Riordan (Meadowbrook) def F. Thomas (Meadowbrook) 19 Holes
C. Kovach (Old Hickory) def. S. Brennan (Westborough) 5 & 4
B. Meeske (Meadowbrook) def. S. McClellan (Winghaven) 19 Holes
C. Niezing (Legends) def. R. Schuenke (Quincy) 19 Holes
J. Wrozier (Old Hickory) def. D. Pranger (Glen Echo) 1 Up
T. Hogan (Old Warson) def. B. Bohme (Meadowbrook) 19 Holes
In the Quarterfinal matches Saturday afternoon, three of the four matches went 20
A. Cusumano def J. Landry-20 Holes
C. Kovach def. P. Riordan-20 Holes
C. Niezing def B. Meeske-20 Holes
T. Hogan def J. Wrozier-1 Up
The Semi Finals on Sunday morning also featured some great golf, with Kovach
defeating Cusumano-1 Up, and Niezing defeating Hogan 2 & 1.
Chris Kovach, Todd Burchyett, Chad Niezing
The final match was simply awesome. Kovach and Niezing had birdies flying
everywhere, with 12 birdies recorded, including a birdie by Kovach on the 19th hole to
win his second Men’s Championship, having won at Old Warson in 2015.
Chris Kovach 2018 Champion
All in all, great championship, great venue, a lot of great golf, and a lot of great support
from the Meadowbrook membership to allow us to hold the Championship at
A special thanks to Craig Liddle, Head Professional and his staff, as well as Mike
Carron, Superintendent and his crew for having the course in tremendous condition.
We look forward to our 100th Men’s Championship at Algonquin Golf Club, July 18-21,