HADDONFIELD, N.J.–Gusty winds, firm greens and Major title pressures put Thursday’s top Patterson Cup contenders on tilt. All, that is, except Philadelphia Cricket Club youngster Cole Berman.
Berman, 18, of Rosemont, Pa., turned in a steady, methodical round of even-par 72 to finish at a tournament best 4 under for the 36 holes and atop the 112th Joseph H. Patterson Cup at Tavistock Country Club (par 72, 6,772 yards).
He is the first Cricket member to capture the Association’s stroke play championship since H.R. Worthington in 1910 and only third overall. Howard Perrin is the only other Cricket winner, in 1902.
“It was a crazy round,” said Berman. “This tournament always seems to be one of the lowest scoring events of the year so I was thinking coming in I had to shoot 68 again. Today played way harder than yesterday. The wind was up the entire day. I tried to stay steady and see what happened. I was just grinding and making pars. Pars were good today.”
Grant Skyllas of LedgeRock Golf Club finished a shot back after sending the tournament into a tizzy hours before Berman finished. Skyllas equaled the competitive course record of 6-under 66 to skyrocket from a tie for 38th at the beginning of the day into solo second at 3 under overall. He waited two-plus hours for the final outcome.
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