Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Migdal Maintains Lead at Torturous Boone

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Migdal Maintains Lead at Torturous Boone

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This is the 25th Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association championship. That being the case, some of the founding figures celebrated with a fabulous dinner on Thursday night at enchanting Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta, Mo.

They ate and drank. They remembered the circumstances in which the golf association was founded 25 years ago. They toasted those who played supporting roles and, mostly, they recognized the players who have competed in the MAGA's signature championship. The expressions of gratitude were genuine. They just have a weird way of showing it.

For the second day in a row, the MAGA did the field no favors with a Boone Valley presentation that was taking no prisoners. More than half the field failed to break 80 during Thursday's opening round on the bentgrass beauty, which yielded only seven sub-par scores. Things were even testier on Friday, as the 156-player field was cut to 40 for the final round Saturday.

From 1996-2000, Boone Valley played host to the Boone Valley Classic, a Senior PGA Tour event. In 2001, it staged the Senior PGA Enterprise Rent-A-Car Match Play Championship, with Tom Watson and Larry Nelson going at it. And most recently, it conducted the 2007 USGA Junior Amateur Championship.

Now, you might say it is "hosting" the area's top amateurs this week. But what it's really doing is torturing them. How bad was it? Ah, well, it was so bad, the cutline was 154, or 12 over par, or a 77-77. We're not talking competition here, we're talking carnage.

"It's a premium championship golf course, particularly for amateur golf," said Skip Berkmeyer, the 2009 Metro champ. "We're not used to seeing water on so many holes, seeing a course this demanding. It's very intimidating."

Only one card was colored red in the second round, which belonged to Michael Johnson. He needed four birdies and an eagle at the par- 5 No. …

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