Drew Pranger walked away from Old Warson Country Club Sunday afternoon as champion of the 2018 Old Warson Cup. The 2016 Amateur Champion defeated Alex Ciaramitaro 5&3 in the final match to earn his second MAGA title.
Pranger would get past 5-time champion Skip Berkmeyer in the morning Semifinal match with a 2up victory. Having been knocked out of the 2017 Old Warson Cup by Berkmeyer, Pranger enacted a little revenge on the 12-time finalist in this event. A very good match where Berkmeyer actually shot 1-shot better by stroke play standards 72 to Pranger’s 73. However, match play gives you that opportunity to win regardless.
Ciaramitaro, a dual-sport athlete at Bradley University where he competes in soccer and golf, was definitely the “Who is this guy?” competitor this weekend. HIs very strong play on Saturday which included a 20 Hole win against 2-time champ Sam Migdal to get to Sunday and people started paying attention. Jeremy Franklin would push Ciaramitaro to extra holes again on Sunday morning. Ciaramitaro finished the Semifinal match on the first extra hole to advance to the final against Pranger.
Pranger would take command early in the final match and extend his lead to 5up heading to the turn. Ciaramitaro showed some of that early mettle that was seen in his early matches by getting wins on 12 and 13 to get back in the match. Pranger would par the always difficult 15th to close out the victory 5&3.
Thank you to Old Warson Country Club for their always wonderful hospitality to the area’s top players each season. For all the details from the weekends matches visit the Old Warson Cup webpage by clicking here.