The Year-Long Keepers Match Play for 2018 was our annual off-road test-guys had to survive extreme conditions in 5 matches against players of similar handicap to win their bracket. The Bracket Winners then had to win two more matches in the Final Fore to kash in on the prizes.
We started in April with over 100 Keepers, and it took five months of single elimination matches to get through this kompetition. There were lots of heroics-come from behind victories, extra hole Sudden Death Playoffs, and grind it out gritty golf-before we whittled it down to the Final Fore.
Howie Stein Augusta Bracket Rich Greenberg Shinnecock Hills Bracket
Rick Goldstein Carnoustie Bracket Eddie Cohen Bellerive Bracket.
The Final Fore brought more kompelling dramatics. In the Semi-Final round, Howie “I Can Play Nice With Anyone” Stein beat Rick “Now You Know Who I Am” Goldstein, the Carnoustie champion, to get to the final match. Rich “Kojak” Greenberg outlasted Eddie “Two on Nobody Out” Cohen, the Bellerive winner in the other Semi-Final.
The Final Match was played on a hot and sticky September morning on the North Course which measured over 6400 yards from the tees they were playing. No roll in the fairway and wet and gnarly rough put a premium on keeping your ball between the hash marks. With only 3 shots being given in the match between Howie and Rich, it was destined to be a tight affair.
A little nervy, they tied the opening hole with matching bogies. For Howie it was fairways and greens the rest of the outward nine as he threw down 8 pars in a row to shoot a strong gross 37 and build up a commanding 3 up lead at the turn. Needing a drastic change in the character of play Kojak could not find his ballast on the back going 5-over in the first five and succumbing to the relentless Stein Express 5 & 4.
The Keepers Match Play remains the centerpiece of the Keepers Season and the change in the brackets to align players of similar ability was a big hit. This made for some very fiesty matches throughout the kompetition. Congratulations to all our deserving bracket champions and the King of them all Howie Stein.
Payoffs for the final fore:
1st Place Howie Stein Overall Winner’s Trophy, Augusta Winner’s Plaque- 200 Additional Kup Points Earned- $300 Kash Sweeps
2nd Place Rich Greenberg Shinnecock Hills Winner’s Plaque- 100 Additional Kup Points Earned- $200 Kash Sweeps
T-3rd Place Rick Goldstein and Eddie Cohen- Carnoustie and Bellerive Winner’s Plaques and 50 Additional Kup Points Earned- $100 Kash Sweeps each man