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Five men were inducted into the Belleville Walk of Fame in 2014: Ninian Edwards, Lyman Trumull, Bob Goalby, George Blair and Christian "Buddy" Ebsen.
Larry Betz / Belleville Historical Society

You’ve stumbled across the cakes, watched the fireworks and heard the stories about St. Louis’ 250th anniversary. But nearby Belleville also is celebrating a milestone: 2014 marked the Illinois city’s bicentennial.

Belleville was founded in 1814 when George Blair donated an acre of his farmland for the city, part of a deal that moved the St. Clair County seat from Cahokia, on the Mississippi River, to the center of the county.

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For the next two years, the governing body of golf in the United States will be led by St. Louis attorney Tom O’Toole. When he became president of the United States Golf Association (USGA) last month, O’Toole spoke about the need to increase the accessibility and prominence of the sport.

He reiterated that idea today when he discussed the future of golf with  St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh. Fellow St. Louisans and big-name amateur golfers Ellen Port and Jim Holtgrieve joined the conversation.

The General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis is in Benton Harbor, Michigan, this week asking a lot of questions. 

Bellerive is the host golf course next year at this time for the Senior PGA Championship, which is now underway at the Harbor Shores golf course. Jeffery Kreafle is entering his fourth year as the GM and COO at Bellerive. It’s the first time he’s been involved with a golf course that’s slated to be the site of a major.  He’s trying to keep from being overwhelmed.

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An 18-hole golf course in southern Illinois could be yours for $750,000.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the family of Joseph Trover is selling the Yorktown Golf Course in Belleville.

They have owned the 38-acre property since 1992 and hope to keep it a golf course. Trover says he is willing to come down on the price because a golf course is good for the community and people.

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

 Bellerive Country Club in suburban Town and Country has been named by the Professional Golf Association as the location for not one, but two major events over the next several years.

Bellerive will host the Senior PGA Championship  in 2013 followed by the 100th PGA Championship in 2018.