ABBOTTSTOWN — After taking the first-round lead on Saturday at the York County Amateur Golf Championship, Andrew Forjan anticipated that Sunday's final round would be a challenge.
Playing in his third career York County Amateur, the Rider University sophomore and former York Catholic High School standout knew that the field of nearly 40 golfers was loaded with talented players capable of putting up a low round in the clutch.
As it turns out, Forjan was spot on with his assumption.
Brett Berkheimer, who won the Champion of Champions event a few years ago, caught fire in his round Sunday to make his run at Forjan, who shot a 1-under 71 Saturday at The Bridges Golf Club.
Berkheimer carded a sizzling 5-under 67 Sunday, catapulting him to a seven-stroke victory over Forjan. Berkheimer finished at 3-under 141, which included a 74 on Saturday, while Forjan finished at 4-over 148 after a 77 on Sunday.
The York County Amateur Golf Association tournament was sponsored by Quality Digital Office Technology.
“This is the best tournament to win,” Berkheimer said. “Hopefully we can get more people entered next year to get it back to where it used to be.”
Field size down: The field for this weekend’s event was about half the normal size of previous York County Amateur Championships.
Berkheimer did point out that the course conditions were remarkably good this weekend, despite a recent fire at The Bridges that destroyed a maintenance shed and most of the club's maintenance equipment. Other clubs loaned The Bridges equipment and the club was eventually able to get replacement equipment late this past week.
“They lost pretty much all of their stuff,” Berkheimer said. “We were here a week ago and the greens were not in good shape. They were bumpy and quick, but after they got their equipment they were able to get their greens rolling. It was really, really nice. You can’t complain about the greens.”
Berkheimer birdied No. 14 before scoring an eagle on No. 15 to pretty much put things away.
“When I got to 17 and saw (I was up by) six, I knew I could just hit the driver and go for the green,” Berkheimer said. “I was ready to have some fun.”
Third YCAGA win: Sunday’s victory marked the third career triumph in a YCAGA event for Berkheimer, who also shot the low round at the Interclub Championship four years ago. Much like his previous two wins, Berkheimer came from behind to overtake the leader down the home stretch.
Leading, meanwhile, certainly put a bull's-eye on Forjan's back. Forjan led by a stroke over Steve Goodley after Saturday’s round. While Sunday didn’t turn out as he had hoped, Forjan was still happy with his second-place finish.
“I’ve never been in this position before,” said Forjan, who was helped Sunday by his caddie and good friend Joe Parrini, who golfs collegiately at the University of Arizona. “Joe helped me stay focused. He saw that I was kind of going a little fast at times and he helped me stay calm.”
Bob Ruby finished third with a 5-over 149, while Bruce Smith (150), John Lowder and Goodley (151) rounded out the top five.
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