Metropolitan Match Play: Berkmeyer defends crown

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

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