The ESPN National Golf Challenge is an amateur golf competition played in twosomes. The teams are separated into Gross, Net and Senior divisions. The competition began earlier this year with approximately 12,000 golfers playing local qualifying rounds at more than 300 courses across the country, including The Country Club of St. Albans. The Challenge is a best ball format where each golfer in the twosome plays their own ball and the best score on the team is counted for each hole. The top twosomes advanced to regional sites over the summer. The Country Club of St. Albans hosted the regional qualifying for Missouri, Illinois and surrounding states in late August.
“St. Louis is one of the top areas in the country for amateur golfers,” said The Country Club of St. Albans General Manager David Derfel. “We are honored that two of our members won the ESPN National Golf Challenge.”
St. Albans had a total of three total teams qualify for the challenge. Dr. James Schneider and Rick Randazzo qualified in the senior division. Jim Morton and Curt Albrecht qualified in the Net division.
Bhuyan and Allenspach had six birdies and an eagle to win their division. An ESPN camera crew followed the twosome throughout the final round. The team took home a trophy and the title of best two-man amateur golf team in America.
About The Country Club of St. Albans:
CCSA is regarded as one of the finest country clubs in the St. Louis-Midwestern market. With two 18-hole championship golf courses, practice facility, junior Olympic swimming pool, tennis facilities and a clubhouse offering casual and fine dining, The Country Club of St. Albans offers its members excellence in service and amenities. In 2003, The Country Club was recognized as one of the top 200 private country clubs out of 5,000 in the United States. The United States Golf Association (USGA) selected CCSA’s Lewis and Clark Course for the 2009 USGA Men’s State Championship.