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Golf notebook: Berteotti content as mother, teacher, author

| Saturday, May 4, 2013, 11:43 p.m.

Missie Berteotti won more than $1 million during her LPGA career, posted top 10 finishes in all four majors and won the Ping Welch's Classic in 1993.

And a part of the Upper St. Clair native wonders what she might have accomplished had someone taught her principles such as trusting her swing and having a routine to help settle her nerves during competition.

“It could have been a different, different outcome,” Berteotti said.

Not that Berteotti has any regrets.

Far from it; she has found a calling in teaching golfers and other athletes about what she gleaned from the 14 years she competed on the LPGA Tour.

Berteotti, who teaches at Rolling Hills Country Club in Canonsburg, also conducts group lessons, focusing on the mental approaches to sports as well as technique. She wrote a book on what she preaches, and information on “The Mental Mastery Program” can be found at www.missieberteotti.com.

Berteotti, who turns 50 in September, stopped playing competitively 14 years ago after giving birth to her son, Sam Berteotti-Sauter. She has been as busy as she has been fulfilled in her role as full-time mother, teacher and author, and Berteotti still keeps her game sharp by playing in pro-am events.

Her approach as a teacher is refreshing, as it focuses on encouragement and giving youngsters the mental approach that she believes will help them succeed.

“You have to figure out what they want and help them get over the fear (of failure) so they stay in it, and that's huge,” Berteotti said. “That's really what I hope to be able to do.”

U.S. Open hopefuls

Bob Friend, Jon Mills, Mike Van Sickle and John Popeck are among 55 golfers who will tee it up Thursday in a U.S. Open local qualifier at Westmoreland Country Club in Export.

The top two or three finishers will move on to sectional qualifying, which is one step away from earning a spot in the U.S. Open field.

The Open will be played at Merion Golf Club outside of Philadelphia on June 13-16.

Friend, a Pittsburgh native and former touring professional, has played in the Open four times, most recently in 1999. He is the director of golf operations at Pikewood National Golf Club in Morgantown, W. Va.

Mills, an Indiana resident and former PGA Tour player, made the cut in the 2008 U.S. Open and finished tied for 36th.

Van Sickle of Pittsburgh and Popeck of Washington are each playing mini tours. They were among the three players who advanced from a 2012 local qualifier at Quicksilver Golf Club.

Seniors Players Championship adds to field

Defending champion Joe Daley, Roger Chapman and Steve Elkington officially committed last week to play in the Constellation Senior Players Championship.

The second of the five majors on the Champions Tour will be played June 27-30 at Fox Chapel Golf Club.

They join a field that includes Greensburg native Rocco Mediate and World Golf Hall of Famer Bernhard Langer.

Langer has won twice on the Champions Tour this season, and he moved into contention early in his final round at The Masters in April before fading and finishing tied for 25th. Langer was first on the Champions Tour money list after last week ($976,029), and Mediate was fifth ($511,850).

Chapman won the Senior U.S. Open and Senior PGA in 2012, and Daley beat Tom Lehman by two strokes to win the Senior Players Championship last year.

Elkington, a Champions Tour rookie, won the 1995 PGA Championship.

Butler hosts Open qualifier

Butler Country Club will host a U.S. Women's Open sectional qualifier on May 13.

It is one of 20 qualifying sites for the U.S. Women's Open, which will be played June 27-30 at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.

There were a record 1,420 entries for the U.S. Women's Open, according to the USGA, and entries exceeded 1,000 for the 10th consecutive year.

Scott Brown is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at sbrown@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ ScottBrown_Trib.

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