Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Berkmeyer Beats Physical Woes, Field by 5 Strokes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Berkmeyer Beats Physical Woes, Field by 5 Strokes

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When you've got it, you've got it. And even though Barb Berkmeyer has had physical problems to overcome, and even though her competitive golf career has been mostly dormant the past two years, and even though she's competing against girls who she has taught at Parkway South High, she's still got it.

Berkmeyer, a five-time Missouri Women's Amateur champion, won the fourth Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association women's championship at gorgeous Greenbriar Hill Country Club, proving that when she is able to play she still is capable.

Berkmeyer finished off the two-day tournament with a 2-over-par 73 Wednesday, complimenting her opening round of 70 and capturing the championship flight by 5 strokes over Mary Ann Beattie.

"I just feel so fortunate to be playing again," said Berkmeyer, 52, who has had a series of shoulder problems. "I haven't been around for a long time."

Berkmeyer made her first appearance in some time at this year's Missouri Amateur after undergoing surgery on her left shoulder last fall. In order to jump start her golf game, she has had to radically change her swing.

"I've had to reverse my thinking entirely," Berkmeyer said. "I used to hit the ball real strong from the left side. Now I have to hit it on the right side real strong, which is the exact opposite of the way I always played.

"What happens is, if you miss, you miss really badly. That's what happened at state. I missed a few shots and I was ending up getting double- and triple-bogeys instead of bogey."

Berkmeyer finished eighth at state but has refined the alterations since. She was on an even-par pace Wednesday, and poised to finished the tournament under par, before bogeying two of the last three holes.

"I've devoted the summer to playing golf again because I don't think golf is an age thing," Berkmeyer said.

"I still don't have a full range of motion in my left shoulder, but I've been swimming and working with weights. …

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