Richardson Memorial: Brett Cooper takes title
Brett Cooper, pictured on right (Instagram photo)
Brett Cooper, pictured on right (Instagram photo)

HEWLETT, NY (May 7, 2016) - Brett Cooper earned the top-seed in the 2016 Richardson Invitational during Thursday's qualifying round and he carried that momentum all the way to the match play title. Playing on a gray dreary day on his home course the Seawane Country Club member defeated Jonathan Jeter 3&2 in the 18-hole final. Cooper became the first Seawane Country Club member to win the the Richardson Invitational.

Jeter drew first blood in the match winning No. 2 but Cooper quickly squared the match on the ensuing hole. Again Jeter took a 1 up lead with a victory on No. 5 but couldn't extend his lead allowing Cooper to even the match on the 9th.

On the next hole Cooper took his first lead of the match and the tally stayed the same until the East Rockaway, NY native won 15 and 16 back-to-back to close out the match.

Cooper reached the finals with a 3&2 semifinal win over Kevin Dolph while Jeter advanced to the final match thanks to a 1 up win against Hal Berman.


After 36-holes of play on Friday the semifinal matches at the 2016 Richmond Invitational are set. Following the round of 16 and the quarterfinals at Seawane Country Club two of the top four seeds remain in the field, including top-seed Brett Cooper.

The semifinal matches are as follows:
Brett Cooper vs. Kevin Dolph
Hal Berman vs. Jonathan Jeter

Cooper reached the semifinals thanks to wins over Garrett Engel (19 Holes) in the quarterfinals and Sean Keller (3&2) in the round of 16. For Dolph it was a 4&3 quarterfinal win over Oliver Hudesman and a by default win against Jonathan Ostrow in the round of 16

The other semifinal match was set up by a Hal Berman 2&1 victory over two-seed Pat Pierson in the quarterfinals and a comfortable 4&3 win over Dave Segot in the round of 16. While Jonathan Jeter defeated Ross Lehrer 6&4 in the quarters and upended Steven Tarulli 2&1 in the round of 16.


Brett Cooper shot a a 2-over 73 to win the qualifying round at the Richardson Memorial Invitational. Cooper will not be the top-seed in the match play portion of the event at Seawane Country Club. The tournament will switch to match play tomorrow with the top 16 players advancing from the qualifier.

The top four seeds in match play will be Cooper, Pat Pierson (+3), Steven Tarulli (+4) and Kevin Dolph (+4).

ABOUT THE Richardson Memorial

Event honors William Richardson, legendary New York Times golf writer. Regional field plays on a Devereaux Emmet golf course that has been restored to his original vision. 18 hole qualifier establishes match play brackets.

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