2015 champion Jimmy Siegfried (MAGA photo)
AUGUSTA, Mo. — Jimmy Siegfried began the final round of the 25th St. Louis Metropolitan Amateur Championship eight shots back of the leader Sam Migdal, knowing it would take a special round to get in position for the title.
He started his round Saturday with a double bogey 6 at Boone Valley Golf Club. However, six birdies on the card, including three of the final four holes posted a a 3-over total as the final groups made their way to the clubhouse.
The final group of Migdal and Skip Berkmeyer knew exactly where they stood coming off the 17th green — 2 and 1 shot ahead of the clubhouse leader Siegfried. Migdal would find the right fairway bunker and Berkmeyer the left rough. A triple-bogey by Migdal and bogey from Berkmeyer would send the tournament to a playoff for the second consecutive year.
Siegfried and Berkmeyer headed to the 15th hole, the starting hole of the 4-hole aggregate playoff format. The 15th was a drivable par-4 Saturday, with tees moved up to 282 yards for the final round. Berkmeyer would make a par while Siegfried a bogey, advantage Berkmeyer.
After equaling pars on 16, Siegfried would make a long birdie putt after pulling his drive into the adjoining seventh hole. Par by Berkmeyer would put the two at even par heading to the great finishing 18th of Boone Valley. Each found the fairway and each missed the green. Berkmeyer’s second shot would end up in the pitch mark of his third shot of his 54th hole during regulation. He would get up and down as would Siegfried to force an additional hole.
The playoff went back to 18, and each found the fairway and the putting green in two. Berkmeyer had a lengthy putt of 50 plus feet where Siegfried was under the hole about 18 feet. After missing his birdie chance, Siegfried rolled in his putt and was crowned champion.
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