Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Schenk Wins Metropolitan Open Title

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Schenk Wins Metropolitan Open Title

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ST. ALBANS * Adam Schenk's golf ball sat on the green, about five feet from the pin on the 18th and final hole at the Country Club of St. Albans. Those five feet were all he needed to birdie the hole and win Sunday's 10th annual Metropolitan Open championship.

Making a five-foot putt, however, is a lot easier said than done, as Schenk would know. After he led Steven Ihm the other half of Schenk's twosome for most of the day, Schenk missed a few crucial putts from similar distances that gave Ihm a one-stroke lead after the 17th hole.

"I knew the putt was fast on 16," said Schenk, a 23-year-old from Vincennes, Ind. "I hit it too hard. And on 17, I knew I had to be left of the pin, but I didn't hit it there."

So Schenk took his time. He waltzed around his ball and the pin. He knelt down, knowing this putt would be all he needed after Ihm ended up bogeying just before him. Those five feet were the difference between playing a four-hole tiebreaker or ending the day seven under par and winning by one stroke.

The ball was either going to veer a little left or a little right. So Schenk played it straight. And not long after that ball dropped in the hole, he was hoisting the silver James S. Manion trophy and posing for pictures with a jumbo $25,000 check bearing his name.

"Somebody just asked me if I thought that was the best finish in the 10 years (of the open tournament), and if it's not, it's one or two," said Curt Rohe, the director of the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association.

Coming into Sunday, the third and final day of the tournament, Schenk and Ihm, who roomed together while playing on the PGA Latin American Tour, were the clear front-runners. Schenk unloaded a 6- under-par 64 Saturday, which put him at 10 under to start Sunday. Ihm was four strokes back.

Ihm, a 23-year-old from Peosta, Iowa, parred the front nine, and Schenk bogeyed twice in that stretch. …

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