It was a long day on Friday as the “Final Four” met at Fox Run Golf Club to decide the 2017 Metropolitan Cup Championship. In a new twist to this, the 25th anniversary of the “Metro Cup” as its known, the semifinalists all met on the same day, same course to play the Semifinals and Final Match. The clubs who advanced to Fox Run had a combined 11 titles. Joachim Golf Club (2014-15) faced Greenbriar Hills Country Club in Semifinal #1. Joachim was the #1 Seed coming into the playoffs and in an exciting match moved on with a 3.5-2.5 victory.
In Semifinal #2, Meadowbrook Country Club (1998, 2006, 2011) would face off against defending champion Bellerive Country Club (1994, 2007-10, 2016). This would be Meadowbrook’s time as they moved on with a 5-1 win over the defending champion. Setting up a re-match of the 2014 Final where Joachim captured their first title.
After a brief break for lunch, the Final Match began on a beautiful afternoon at Fox Run GC. Early on, Joachim took commanding leads in 3 of the matches and would draw first when Nathan Piccarella would win 5&4 over Brett Meeske. A second point would come a short time later when Bruce Thomas & Bill Scott would win the first Four-Ball Match and send Joachim to a 2-0 lead.
Meadowbrook put their first point on the board when Steve Shuert would take down Zach Decker in a Singles Match 1up. Joachim added to their lead and were a 1/2 point from another title when Mike Domenick won 5&4 over Mike Kootman in a Singles Handicap Match. With 2 matches on the course and both with Meadowbrook leading, a playoff was looming. Paul Lueders & Aaron Lang in the 2nd Four-Ball Match added Meadowbrook’s second point with a 2&1 win. The last match between Jim Meda and Craig Liddle would end on 17 with Liddle earning the 3&1 victory and a tie in the Final Match was 3-3.
With everyone already out around 17 watching these matches, the Playoff went right to the 18th Teeing Ground. Meadowbrook’s Brett Meeske and Joachim’s Zach Decker would get the call to decide the 2017 Metropolitan Cup. Meeske won the flip of a coin to play first and striped one down the middle from 18 Tee, while Decker found the left hazard.
Playing first, Meeske found the middle of the green for a birdie look while Decker pitched out of the hazard back to the fairway. A solid approach by Decker left him a long par putt which missed to the left and giving Meeske 2 putts to put away the title. Meeske cozied his first putt down to the hole and the 2017 Metropolitan Cup was Meadowbrook’s!
For all of today’s Semifinal and Final Match results click on the following link.