Metropolitan Match Play: Berkmeyer defends crown
04 May 2008
see also: Old Warson Cup, Old Warson Country Club


ST. LOUIS, MO. (May 4, 2008)--Skip Berkmeyer successfully defended his Metropolitan Match Play Championship, defeating Persimmon Woods’ Brian Kennedy 4 & 2 Sunday afternoon at Old Warson Country Club.

After trailing by a hole early in the championship, Berkmeyer assumed control in a four-hole swing midway through the front nine. It helped Berkmeyer to a 4-up lead at the turn.

Kennedy cut the deficit to 3-down with a difficult par save from well off the green at No. 10, and had a great opportunity to cut it to a two-hole deficit at 11 when Berkmeyer badly misplayed his shot from the middle of the fairway. However, Berkmeyer rallied for a bogey by making a four-foot putt and came away with a half when Kennedy could not convert a six-foot par putt.

Kennedy appeared to have the upper hand again at the par-5 12th when he hit his approach to within five feet of the hole. But Berkmeyer rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt and Kennedy was unable to match birdie when his putt slid by the hole.

Berkmeyer advanced to the finals with a 4 & 3 win over Scott McClellan in the morning semifinals.

Kennedy ousted Fox Run’s Darren Lundgren 6 & 5 to earn his first trip to the finals in nearly a decade.

--Courtesy MGA

ABOUT THE Old Warson Cup

The Old Warson Cup is the association's annual match play championship, featuring the Top 16 amateurs from the previous year Player of the Year Points Standings. Invitational event. Entries are open to amateur golfers who are affiliated with or are a member of a club which is a Member Club of the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association.

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