Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Anderson Keeps Cool, Takes Metropolitan Amateur Lead

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Anderson Keeps Cool, Takes Metropolitan Amateur Lead

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The Western Open was held at Westwood Country Club in 1938. At the time, the Western was among the most prestigious championships in the land, right there with the U.S. Open.

Ralph Guldahl won them both that year, becoming the first to accomplish such a double. Moreover, he did it wearing a necktie, a nod to deportment that has not been duplicated since.

"If Guldahl gave someone a blood transfusion," Sam Snead once said, "the patient would freeze to death."

Seventy-six years later, John Anderson treads the same Westwood grounds, trying to channel his inner Guldahl. The 32-year-old fired a 3-under-par 68 on Friday, the second-round card of the day in the 54-hole Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association championship. Fifty- one players advanced through the 36-hole cut, which fell at 9 over par.

At 3 under for the championship, Anderson has a two-shot lead over three players: Joe Migdal, Skip Berkmeyer and opening-round leader Patrick Riordan. Migdal will join the final pairing with Anderson, trailing Berkmeyer and Riordan.

Cool will be a key for Anderson, who wrestled with it Friday. He was torching the 6,784-yard path, ascending the leaderboard like Sir Edmund Hillary climbing Everest. After a birdie at par-5 No. 13, Anderson reached 5 under for the championship, tied with Riordan at the summit. Then he looked down.

"I kind of woke up and realized where I was," Anderson said. "Then I started thinking about it, and that's when I got in trouble."

Anderson has been pursuing local golf championships for the past several summers. He has won the St. Louis District Golf Association Mid-Amateur and was low amateur at the Publinx Open last May. He has been close on a number of other occasions. But leading the Metropolitan is rarefied air, and it took him two holes to catch his breath.

He bogeyed Nos. 15 and 16 consecutively to back up and threatened to enter a free fall. …

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