What a great finish to an otherwise strange year of golf for STLDGA events! 29 Players teed it
up on Saturday at beautiful Lake Forest Country Club. Lake Forest stepped up to host the
event after COVID concerns at Algonquin Golf Club caused us to move the event on short
Saturday brought warm temperatures with winds increasing significantly during the course of
the day, blustering to 40MPH winds at some points during the afternoon. Two time champion
Chad Niezing, from the Metropolitan 3Club, took advantage of an early tee time to post an
opening round even par 72. Great score as we played from over 6600 yards. Two time
champion Pat Britt, from Norwood Hills, played in the first group and shot 74, with David
Bremer, Persimmon Woods, shooting 75, along with David Pfiel, Legends. 2004 Champion Phil
Caravia, Metropolitan, shot 76 and 2010 Champion Skip Berkmeyer, Legends shot 77, 5
strokes off the pace set by Niezing. Other scores continued to balloon as the winds increased
throughout the day and the course played hard and fast!
As is often the case for the Jackson, Day Two brought an entirely different weather day to the
event, with temperatures in the high 60s when players teed off at 9 am. Temperatures dropped
and winds increased throughout the day, but it didn’t bother Berkmeyer, playing in the second
to last group, shooting an outstanding three under 69 in regulation, with a two day total of 146..
Pat Britt recorded an even par 72 in the last group, also carding a total of 146, so off to the first
playoff hole we went. Both players made Hole #1 green in regulation, with Berkmeyer making
par to win the championship for the second time. Niezing finished third at 147. Caravia
finished fourth at 150, with Bremer close behind at 152.
Many thanks to the entire staff at Lake Forest, as well as entire membership for allowing us to
conduct this championship during prime time Saturday and Sunday. Special thanks to GM
Craig Wise, District rep and Past District President Mel Rector, Greens Superintendent Matt
Seifert for hosting this fun event.
And thanks to all the players who participated in our events throughout this crazy year. And an
especially heartfelt THANK YOU to our many volunteers who make these events possible
throughout the year. Let’s hope 2021 is a great and less crazy year! Be well and stay safe!