Kreikemeier Fights His Way to Old Warson Cup Champion
The Semi-Final and Final were hard fought matches. Players not only faced stiff competition, but were battling the cooler temperature with strong, cool wind gusts throughout the day. The morning started with the two semi-final matches: Joel Sylven vs Max Kreikemeier and Shawn Jasper vs Justin Bryant. Sylven and Kreikemeier went off first in a battle of the college athletes. Sylven, a University of Missouri - St. Louis golfer, was coming off of a hot start: 5 & 4 and 6 & 5 match wins. He took the lead on Hole 4, which was the only time he was up against his opponent. Kreikemeier, a Missouri State University golfer, played the most golf of anyone in the field after his first match finished 2 & 1 and second match went to 21 holes. He took the early lead on Hole 1, before Sylven came back on Holes 3 and 4. On Hole 7, Kreikemeier reclaimed his lead and maintained it to win the match 3 & 2. Hitting the course behind them was Jasper and Bryant, in a battle of former champions. Jasper, the 2005 Champion, took control of the match on Hole 3, and kept his lead for the majority of the match. Bryant, 2011 and 2012 Champion, could not seem to break through Jasper’s lead until the back nine. On Hole 11, he got a taste of winning a hole, then went on to win Holes 15-17. Bryant won the match 1-Up over Jasper.
The Final Match between Max Kreikemeier and Justin Bryant went off at 12:30pm. After adding another sixteen holes to his weekend total, Kreikemeier was still ready to play another round in blustery conditions. He found himself 1-Up on Hole 2, and refused to let go of the lead. Through seven holes, Kreikemeier was 3-Up. Bryant never stopped fighting to stay in the match. Winning Holes 9 and 13, he got the match within one and took it to Hole 17. A short tee shot and miss hit chip on 17 for Bryant, left the door open for Kreikemeier to close out the match. Max capitalized on the misfortune of Bryant by winning the hole, closing out the match 2 &1, and becoming the Champion.
In the Senior Division, Brian Lovett and Paul Neeman took to the course at 12:15pm. The two stayed toe-to-toe throughout the match. Lovett, the 2022 runner-up, took the early lead on Hole 2 before Neeman came back on Holes 3 and 4 to take the lead. Hole 5, Lovett brought the match back to even. Neeman found the lead again on Hole 9. On the back nine, Lovett was determined not to be runner-up for a second year. Winning Holes 12 and 16, Brian never looked back and captured the title 1-Up over Neeman.
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