Kelly Wins Washington Metro Amateur

With remarkably steady play in the second round and despite a never-say-die attitude from opponent Bobby Fox, Brendan Kelly posted a five-birdie bogey-free round in the conclusion to a long Metropolitan Amateur at Manor Country Club. After completing the morning round all square, Kelly birdied 3 and 8 on the front to hold a one up lead over Fox and then birdied 10, 15 and 17 to post a 3&1 win in the 90th Metropolitan Amateur.

Fox was plagued by driving difficulties on the final nine but remained steadfast in his determination to stay in the match. He made a great sand save at #12 and then an up and down with a low biting wedge to three feet on #13. However, his fate was sealed on the next two holes as he drove wildly to the left on #14 and, after a weak drive on #15, hit his second shot out of bounds on the par five hole. After swapping pars on #16, Kelly played a six iron to 5 feet on #17 and, when Fox barely missed with his 35 foot pitch, stroked the ball gently into the hold to cap a remarkable match play round. In the awards ceremonies, Kelly graciously commended Fox for his determination in a tough match. He also thanked his caddie Bart George for his support throughout the day. George was forced into action when Kelly's father had to leave the bag for a commitment in North Carolina. Now Kelly moves on to the US Amateur Qualifier at Westwood on Monday and Tuesday.

ABOUT THE Washington Metropolitan Amateur

Championship for amateurs in the Washington (D.C.) Metro area. 18 hole qualifying round on Thursday for 31 or 32 match play positions. Unless he chooses to play for the medal or does not defend, the defending champion is exempt from qualifying. There will be two 18 hole rounds of match play on Friday and Saturday, and a 36 hole final match on Sunday.

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