Tour Championship Results
This weekend the Amateur Players Tour concluded their inaugural season at the perennial favorite Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo, IL. The Amateur Players Tour’s 2019 season saw over 175 members and $25,000 in prizes paid out to players in the St. Louis area. The tour visited top private clubs like Norwood Hills (West), Lake Forest, Persimmon Woods, Franklin County, St. Clair and South Side, as well as top public courses like Gateway National, Spencer T. Olin, Annbriar and much more. In many divisions, the Player of the Year titles were still up for grabs at the two-day Tour Championship at Annbriar.
In Division 1, John Todd made a strong run through the playoffs with a 2nd place finish at Franklin County Country Club and a win at Gateway National Golf Links, leaving him in a position to top points leader Matt Borgmeyer with a win at the Tour Championship at Annbriar. Nate McCutcheon got off to a hot start, with an opening 9-hole 29 on route to a first round 65 at Annbriar. He led start to finish shooting 5-under (65-74 139) to win the Tour Championship. John Todd continued his solid play, shooting 76-74 150 to earn 2nd place honors. Matt Borgmeyer earned Player of the Year honors. His season included a win at Spencer T Olin Golf Course and 3 second place finishes.
One of the most interesting races of the season was in Division 2. Steve Hasenfratz closed the gap with a playoff win at Gateway National to front-runner Kevin Erxleben heading into Annbriar. Needing a win to overtake Erxleben, Hasenfratz shot a 3-over 75 to be in 2nd place behind John Remley (E) after Round 1. Remley shot another stellar round Sunday to earn a 5-shot victory (72-74 146) over Chris Scoles (75-76 151). Hasenfratz (75-78 153) finished 3rd and Kevin Erxleben (77-78 155) finished in 4th place. Kevin Erxleben takes home Player of the Year honors, with a season that featured 3 wins (Norwood Hills CC, Spencer T. Olin, and St. Clair CC). Kevin earns a $750 prize package that includes a $350 VISA Gift Card, custom PING Hoofer 14 bag, Ace of Clubs Leather Yardage Book, and a commemorative plaque.
In Division 3, Christian LaPak led the field wire-to-wire, firing a 77-78 155 to earn an 8-shot victory. Mike Weigand (81-82 163) and Scott Klassen (80-83 163) tied for 2nd place. Doug Simpson (84-80 164) finished in 4th place. The Player of the Year race seemed out of the grasp of points leader Chad Crawford after a tough round on Day 1 found him sitting in last place. However, champions respond well to adversity and Crawford responded with his best round of the season, firing a 77 to move all the way up to 5th place and clinch Player of the Year honors. Crawford caps off a season that featured a win at the 2018 Fall Event at Annbriar Golf Course, and three 2nd place finishes.
In Division 4, the Player of the Year points race was extremely tight, with Bryce Vandas, Mike Scalera and Tod Martin all separated by a few hundred points. Michael Scoles shot the round of the day on Saturday, firing an 81 to take the early lead. Scoles then fired a five-over par 77 to finish with a two day total of 158 to earn his second victory of the season. Cory Criter (88-79 167) finished in 2nd place and Steve Minder, Mike Scalera and Tod Martin tied for 3rd with two day totals of 170. The T3 finish was good enough for Mike Scalera to take home Player of the Year honors. His season featured wins at Tunica National, Spencer T. Olin and Annbriar Golf Course.
In Division 5, Dennis Brosenne had locked up Player of the Year honors with a win at Franklin County Country Club and a 2nd place finish at Gateway National. He capped off a 6-win season with a win at the Tour Championship by shooting 85-86 171 to earn a 10-shot victory over Greg Cobourn (88-93 181). Cobourn finished 2nd in the Player of the Year race, earning him free membership in 2020 and a gift back provided by Functional Fitness Images. Brosenne’s season featured wins at Lake Forest Country Club, Annbriar, Eagle Knoll, Railwood, Franklin County Country Club, and the Tour Championship.
The Tour Championship concluded the inaugural season of the Amateur Players Tour in 2019. We are excited to announce our 2020 schedule in the coming weeks that will feature top tier public facilities and some of the best private clubs in the area. Memberships are available for $99 at amateurplayerstour.com and don’t forget to register for our Fall 2020 Season Kickoff at Norwood Hills CC (West) on October 28th! This event is open to non-members so this is a great opportunity to bring a friend to check out the largest amateur tour in St. Louis! See you next season!