Kings golf tournament pays visit to Glengarry
Missie Berteotti played professional golf on the LPGA tour for 15 years.
She knows a lot about playing in tournaments.
But last week at Glengarry Golf Course in Unity Township, Berteotti was watching and not playing.
She there was watching her son, 12-year old Sam Berteotti-Sauter, participate in his first Tri-State PGA Kings Junior Golf Tournament.
Berteotti, now a teaching pro in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, wasn't coaching. She was taking notes and enjoying a walk around the hilly course a couple miles from the home of legendary golf great Arnold Palmer.
"I'm impressed how well this tournament is run," Berteotti said. "And Sam is having fun, even with the photographer taking his photo."
Boys and girls, ages 12-18, have made the Kings tournaments the most popular in Western Pennsylvania. There are 17 events sponsored, and every event is sold out.
Dylan Marshall recently graduated from Latrobe. He was one of the Players of the Year in the Kings tournaments last year.
Marshall shot a 2-under-par 68 to take top honors at Glengarry.
For Marshall, it's a chance to improve his game as he prepares for college. He plans to attend Westmoreland County Community College and then hopes to play Division I golf.
"That's the plan," Marshall said. "These events help you prepare for bigger tournaments.
"I want to play as much golf as I can. I'm playing in a couple bigger tournaments, too."
Marshall had five birdies during his round, and he was disappointed that he didn't shoot lower.
"It definitely should have been lower," Marshall said of his score. "There are things I always need to work on. I want to be the best."
Marshall was part of the Latrobe golf team that won the WPIAL and PIAA team titles in 2009. He also played alongside a pair of great teammates: WPIAL champion Ben Gjebre and Will Wears, Arnold Palmer's grandson.
Marshall said there was no competition between the players. He said they all did what they need to help the team win.
"I don't care what people think about my game," Marshall said. "You just have to play with confidence, and that's what I'm doing."
Marshall's schedule includes the Westmoreland County Junior and Westmoreland County Amateur. The Junior tournament is Thursday at Latrobe Country Club.
There are other Kings tournaments he'll participate in this summer, and the Dick's Sporting Goods tournament at Ligonier Country Club is on July 14.