Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Men, Women Compete in Mid-Amateur Qualifying

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Men, Women Compete in Mid-Amateur Qualifying

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The USGA qualifying tournament Tuesday at Annbriar Golf Club was something like the old Certs commercials. It was two, two, two qualifying events in one.

For the first time, the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association conducted the U.S. Mid-Amateur qualifiers for both the men and women simultaneously on the same course. Likewise, the two USGA championships will be conducted at the same time, albeit at different sites.

On the men's side, the U.S. Mid-Amateur is scheduled for Sept. 6- 11 at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Penn. The U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur is the same week at Harbour Trees Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind.

At Annbriar, two spots were available to the latter championship, while four passes were attainable to the men's version. Alisha Matthews (81) and Dee Johnson (82) captured the women's spots, while B.W. Bruce, Brian Haskell, Andy Roberts and Derek Meinhart will represent our town on the men's side.

St. Louis has a significant connection to both championships. Jim Holtgrieve won the inaugural U.S. Mid-Amateur at Bellerive Country Club in 1981, while Ellen Port has captured the U.S. Women's Mid- Amateur four times. Port is exempt for the 2014 championship in Noblesville, where she will chase one for the thumb. Port also has two Women's Senior Amateur titles.

In that large shadow, getting attention is difficult for other female golfers in town. But Matthews will be competing in her second USGA championship of the summer, having also played in the Women's Amateur Public Links championship.

A Mehlville High product, Matthews set a Missouri Valley Conference Championships scoring mark at Southern Illinois- Edwardsville with a final-round 67 in 2012. But if you don't know all that, she understands.

"Yeah, I've played with Ellen a lot in amateur championships and she tends to shine; she's a great player," Matthews, 25, said. "So she definitely deserves all the recognition she gets."

Matthews will head to the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in California later this month. At Annbriar, she was competing in her first Mid-Amateur qualifier, and first time was a charm. …

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