The Publinx Open, the traditional start of the St. Louis golf season, went off as usual last Sunday, May 3 at the courses at Forest Park. But there was one big difference…The “reason” for the Publinx, to raise travel funds for the qualifiers into the USGA Publinks, was no longer valid because the USGA had eliminated the Publinks from the tournaments it runs and sponsors.
John Kueper, the longtime director of the St. Louis Publinx, had a solution to this dilemma. He said, “the travel funds generated by the entry fees will go to the local qualifiers for the US Amateur, the US Mid-am, and the US Senior Open.” In other words, everyone needs a little help with travel money. The unstated reason is that, despite the demise of the US Publinks, the tournament in St. Louis at Forest Park would go on because it is popular and is a veritable St. Louis golf tradition…
The tournament is large, with over 200 entrants in three divisions (Amateur, Professional, and Senior Amateur), and keeps Kueper and his volunteer starters busy at Forest Park from dawn until dusk. The event literally takes all day, but most agree it’s worth it and plenty of fun.
The overall winner in 2015 was professional Chris Brant with a fine 64. The amateur winner was Ryan Haxel, son of Nash, a St. Louis golf professional. Bob Trittler won the Senior division with a 68.