Gerken builds big lead, slips a bit and rights ship to capture Metro Championship Scratch Division, Pierce overcomes some big holes to capture Metro Championship Net Division

Brian Gerken, Metro Player of the Year points leader, fired at 5-under 66 Saturday in the 1st round of the Metro Championship at Detwiler, giving him a 5 shot lead over Nick Perrine and 6 shots over John Raitz and Jason Holmes. Much like Rory in the British, it looked like Brian would have a walk in the park during Sunday's 2nd round at The Legacy. After making the turn at 2-under 34 (7 under for the tournament) Gerken claimed an 8 shot lead over eventual runner-up and his buddy John Raitz. But Raitz, with birdies on 7, 9, 10 and 11 had other thoughts and after Gerken made 3 consecutive bogeys on holes 12, 13 and 14 the lead had quickly shrunk to 3 shots with 4 holes to play. However, Gerken pretty much ended the drama with a birdie on #15, and capped it off with a birdie on #18, for an even par 72 and 5-under total of 138 for the 2 days. Raitz was 2nd at 1-over 144, followed by Jeff Abke, who continued his consistent fine play this year at 2-over 145. Mike Kennedy was fourth at 146, and tied for low round of the day with Tom Yeager as both carded 1-under 71's. Perrine finished 5th at 147.
In the net division, Dave Pierce, who by his own admission has not had a very good year on the links, headed into Sunday's round with a 2-shot lead over a trio of players-Scott Huffman, Jason Holmes and Tom Leyman, after he recorded a net 64, even after finishing with a quadruple bogey on 18. Despite making a horrendous 8 on the par 3 island hole #8, and finishing with a triple, he played enough good holes in-between to maintain his advantage, and was able to win by 3 shots with a net total of 130. Tom Leyman, whose game seems to be improving every week, finished 2nd at 133. Finishing third were Dave Ross and Jim Kennedy, who both played well shooting 149 scratch, and netted 136, along with Rikk Alessi, who had the low net round of the day with a 61. Handicap Chairman Dave Harloff was 6th at 137 (an inquest has been commissioned for His handicap :-)