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Berkmeyer set to compete in U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club

Skip Berkmeyer will be playing Pinehurst’s classic courses once again in a United States Golf Association tournament.

Skip Berkmeyer reacts to a shot when he played in the 2018 Four Ball Championship. (USGA photo)

Berkmeyer, 46, of Town and Country, will compete in the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship that will be played Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.

Berkmeyer played competed in 2008 U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst and reached the Round of 32. He played in last year’s tournament.

Berkmeyer qualified for his 10th U.S. Amateur on July 23. This is his 31st USGA championship, a list that includes reaching the Round of 16 twice in the U.S. Mid-Amateur.

Berkmeyer has won many championships including three Missouri State Amateur titles. He has been named the Player of the Year 11 times in Missouri.

Skip Berkmeyer, right, qualified to play in the U.S. Amateur Championship last month
in a qualifier at Meadowbrook Country Club. Also qualifying from left are John Marshall Butler, of Paducah, Kentucky, and Jacob Eklund, of Carbondale, Illinois. (Photo by Curt Rohe)

Play begins Monday (Aug. 12). Pinehurst’s Course No. 2 and Course No. 4 will host the stroke-play rounds on Monday and Tuesday.

After 36 holes, the field will be trimmed from 312 players to 64 for match play. The first five rounds of match play – through the semifinals – will be played on Course No. 2 on Aug. 14-17.

The 36-hole championship match will be contested over two courses for the first time. Scheduled for Aug. 18, it will open with the morning round on Course No. 4, which was recently redesigned by Gil Hanse. The afternoon round will be played on Course No. 2, the renowned Donald Ross design that was restored by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2011.

Pinehurst, which first hosted the U.S. Amateur in 1962, when Labron Harris claimed the Havemeyer Trophy over Downing Gray, will be hosting its third U.S. Amateur Championship and 10th USGA championship. Pinehurst has also hosted three U.S. Opens (1999, 2005 and 2014) and will host the 124th U.S. Open in 2024.

Berkmeyer tees off at 8:46 a.m. (CDT) with Christian Emmerich and Darren Lin on Course No. 2. The same group will tee off at 2:01 p.m. (CDT) on Course No. 4 for the second round.

His player partners are accomplished young golfers.

Emmerich, of Swampscott, Mass., will be a freshman at Holy Cross College.

Emmerich earned his spot in the field by placing third in a qualifying tournament held at the Metacomet Golf Club in East Providence, R.I., on July 8. He finished with a total of 135 strokes over 36 holes (five-under par).

In addition to the U.S. Amateur, Emmerich also qualified for the 2019 Boys Junior PGA Championship, that was played at the Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford, Conn. earlier this month. He tied for 45th place. Emmerich also won back-to-back individual state high school golf championships with the St. Mary’s Spartans in 2017 and 2018.

Lin, of Chino Hills, Calif., will be sophomore at Yale. He qualified for the 2017 US Junior Amateur and the 2017 Junior PGA Championship.

There are 312 golfers in the U.S. Amateur this year. The oldest competitors are Sean Knapp (57), Michael McCoy (56), and Jeff Wilson (56).

The youngest competitors are Jay Brooks (14), Zachary Ong (14), Nick Dunlap (15), Lincoln Melcher (15), Luke Clanton (15), and William Love (15).

The average age of the field is 22.09.
There are 27 countries represented in the 2019 U.S. Amateur. There are players from 41 states and the District of Columbia.

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