Berkmeyer seeks seventh MAGA Match Play title
Skip Berkmeyer
Skip Berkmeyer
St. Louis, MO (May 5, 2012) -- Top seed Skip Berkmeyer needed extra holes to advance to the Quarterfinal Round of the 17th Match Play Championship Saturday. Playing Jack Eisenbeis, the pair came to the 18th Hole with Eisenbeis holding a 1-up lead. After both players found the left rough, Eisenbeis played a wrong ball which allowed Berkmeyer to square the match. He would then win on the first extra hole.

2011 Senior Player of the Year Jeff Johnson made easy work of his 1st Round match, defeating Brian Craig 5&4 to advance. Johnson would then face Tom Barry, who also won in convincing fashion 5&4 over #4 seed Jeremy Franklin.

Defending champion Justin Bryant had a tough fought match with Tim Cochran, however, Bryant would prevail and move on to the Quarters, winning 3&1. Bryant would then face Bob Hanneken in the Quarters. Hanneken defeated Buddy Allen 4&2.

3 seed Phil Caravia had a close match with Jason Chun, eventually taking the match on the 17th hole with a 2&1 victory. Waiting for Caravia was Alex Cusumano who handed 2010 Metropolitan Amateur Champion Eli Grant a 3&2 defeat to advance to the afternoon.


In the afternoon Quarterfinals, the match to watch was veterans Tom Barry and Jeff Johnson. Barry, who has played in almost all of the 17 Match Play Championships found himself up against 2011 MAGA Senior Player of the Year Johnson. A match that Johnson had dormie at the 17th Tee ended up All Square after 18 and went to extra holes. At the 21st Hole, the 572 yard par 5 12th, Barry found the putting surface with his 2nd shot. Johnson missed the green long with his third and went on to concede Barry his birdie and the win for Barry.

Barry will face 5-time Match Play Champion Skip Berkmeyer in the first match at 7:00am Sunday. Berkmeyer would outduel Patrick Riordan 3&2 to advance. Riordan had Berkmeyer 2-down thru 11 holes, however, Berkmeyer fought back to claim the win and onto the Semis. Berkmeyer is in search of his 7th consecutive Match Play final.

On the other side of the draw, defending champion Justin Bryant finds his way back into the Semis with a 5&4 win over Bob Hanneken. Bryant found himself 3up at the turn and never looked back en route to his victory.

A rookie to the Match Play field, Alex Cusumano played well in his defeat of #3 seed Phil Caravia. Cusumano, with his dad Frank on the bag, won 3&2 to advance to meet Bryant in the second semifinal Sunday. Cusumano is looking to continue his success after leading his college, Loyola-Marymount Chicago to its conference championship a week ago and his second place individual finish.

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