SPRINGFIELD, N.J. The new job starts on Monday, so a weary Sam Bernstein did not complain about the overtime he logged at the 113th Met Amateur Championship.
The 23-year-old Century member has the weekend to rest.
Bernstein came up short Friday on a putt to extend his quarterfinal match, falling to Ryan Snouffer of Essex County Country Club in 19 holes.
There was plenty of back and forth all the way around.
“It was exhausting,” said Bernstein, who is coming off knee surgery in January. “I’m pretty beat. That was a lot of golf. My first match took a lot out of me.”
The Yale grad made a tricky putt for par from six feet before lunch to defeat Matt Lowe in 19 holes. He was 3-up before the Colonial Springs member won three holes in a row late in the match to keep things interesting.
The greens were noticeably quicker when the familiar competitors played No. 1 again.
Lowe narrowly missed getting up and down after running an uphill putt from the apron 10 feet past the hole.
“I’m not being critical because the MGA tournaments are unbelievably well run,” Bernstein said. “Matt definitely ran his putt past because the greens were just double-cut and rolled. His speed was perfect all day, so for things to come down to that was a bit unfortunate. I stepped up to my last putt and was like, ‘You have a 6-footer to win. If you make it, so be it. And if not, whatever.’ I relied on the strength of my game and it went in.”
As the sun dipped below the horizon later in the day, Snouffer and Bernstein missed the first green right. Both players went into scramble mode. Snouffer pitched out of the rough to within 12 feet and made the putt while Bernstein failed to get up and down from 10 feet after escaping the bunker.
“I didn’t get it there,” Bernstein said. “It was a good stroke, a good line, I just didn’t hit the putt hard enough.”
Luke Feehan of Mahopac Golf Club earned the No. 1 seed, and had to wait nearly two hours for a playoff to end Friday before heading out to face Peter Kim, who’s got the last spot in the Round of 16 after seven extra holes.
The momentum carried over.
Kim, a Royce Brook Golf Club member who plays on the Army golf team, jumped in front early and won 6 and 5.
Round of 16
Peter Kim (Royce Brook) d. Luke Feehan 6 and 5; Kyle Brey (Bethpage) d. Gregg Angelillo (Baltusrol) 1-up; Joe Saladino (Huntington) d. Jared Mactas (Paramount) 5 and 4; Kieran Purcell (Essex County) d. Greg Reilly (Darien) 2 and 1; Luke Graboyes (Twin Brooks) d. Trevor Randolph (Arcola) 3 and 2; Stewart Hagestad (Golf & Body NYC) d. Jeremy Wall (Manasquan River) 2-up; Sam Bernstein (Century) d. Matt Lowe (Colonial Springs) 19 holes; Ryan Snouffer (Essex County) d. Darin Goldstein (Noyac) 2 and 1.
Kim d. Brey 6 and 5; Saladino d. Purcell 2-up; Hagestad d. Graboyes 4 and 3; Snouffer d. Bernstein 19 holes.