Brannon Fahrny wins Long Beach Match Play Championship
of Anaheim Hills, Calif., completed a strong two-week run at the Long Beach Match Play Championship, while riding the #1 seed all the way through the bracket to a finals win over Damon Krouse of LA, Calif., by 5 and 4.
The tournament was played over two weeks, from Sep.14-17 and Sept. 22-24, at Recreation Park Golf Course in Long Beach, Calif.
First, Fahrny shot rounds of 61-67, finishing at an impressive 16-under to win medalist honors at the qualifier by a massive eight-stroke margin over Nathaniel Frink, who shot 8-under with rounds of 69-67 to take the No. 2 seed in the tournament. Fahrny's qualifier rounds were marked by a remarkable 14 birdies and two eagles, with both eagles recorded on hole No. 2 during each of the two rounds.
Following his initial rounds, Fahrny proceeded to the Round of 64, where he earned a BYE. In the Round of 32, he faced off against the No. 33 seed, Ryan Curlee, and secured a convincing 5&4 victory to advance to the Round of 16. In this stage, Fahrny continued his impressive performance, defeating Cooper Knight with a commanding score of 7&5, thereby earning his spot in the Quarter Finals.
In the Quarter Finals, Fahrny demonstrated his dominance by defeating Bryson Barnes with an impressive score of 7&6. This victory propelled him to the Semifinals, where he faced off against the No. 5 seed, Eli Geddy, and triumphed with a 5 and 4 win. This paved the way for his showdown in the Championship Finals against No. 18 seed Damon Krouse, who earned his spot in the Finals by defeating the No. 6 seed, Patrick Pockels, with a score of 4&3.
Fahrny defeated Krouse 5&4 to clinch the title.
ABOUT THE Long Beach Match Play
qualifying followed by
matches over two weekends. Open to men amateur
golfers with a one-year established handicap and
month LI (Low Index) of 4.9 or better, OR who have
played high school or collegiate golf within the past
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