The sweltering heat of Thursday, July 20, did not stop 128 of the District’s best players from
teeing it up at beautiful St. Louis Country Club. All the morning wave of players produced the
best results, with Alex Cusumano (Norwood Hills) leading the way with a 4 under par 67. Close
behind was Persimmon Woods’ Brian Hall with a 69. Buddy Allen (Dalhousie) carded a 70, and
Chris Kovach (Old Hickory), Jim Holtgrieve (Bellerive), Kyle Szyhowski (Whitmoor) and Ryan
Schuenke (Quincy) shot even par 71.
Day 2 was equally hot, and we did have a number of players who withdrew, due to the extreme
heat. Van Pierce (CC of St. Albans) led the way with an outstanding 67 and two day total of
139. Chris Kovach was equally impressive with his two day total of 139, to share stroke play
medalist honors with Van Pierce.
Others making the field of 16 qualifying for Match Play included:
Craig Hardcastle, Jr.-Persimmon Woods
Conrad Maloney-Persimmon Woods
Topple Hogan-Old Warson
Brian Hall-Persimmon Woods
We had three players with a two day score of 147 for the last remaining two spots. So the
playoff included Phil Caravia (Norwood Hills), Drew Denton (Dalhousie) and David Hughes
(Westborough). Caravia made par on 18, the first playoff hole, to insure his spot, while Denton
made a great birdie on hole 17 to capture the number 16 seed.
Saturday brought a bit cooler temperatures, but some hot golf. First round winners included
Pierce, Berkmeyer, Schuenke, Thomas, Kovach, Goldman, Cusumano and Szyhowski.
In the quarterfinals Saturday afternoon, Pierce took Berkmeyer to the 19th hole before Skip
won. Goldman defeated Kovach, and Szyhowski defeated Cusumano, leaving Berkmeyer as
the only former District winner to remain in the field.
In the semifinals, Berkmeyer defeated Schuenke 2&1, and Goldman outlasted Szyhowski 1 Up.
And in the championship match, Skip Berkmeyer recorded his fifth District Men’s title, defeating
Parker Goldman 4&3. Great playing Skip.
And many thanks to our volunteers who suffered through four very hot days, and a special
thanks to the staff and membership at St. Louis Country Club for hosting our event. It was a
great success. See you at Meadowbrook in 2018 for the Men’s Championship.