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Bergamo breaks course record

David Bergamo gets ready to hit a drive during his course-record breaking round of 63 shot at Lochmoor Country Club. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN PERSHERN
September 12, 2013
David Bergamo, playing the semifinal match of the Lochmoor Club Men’s Club Championship, shot a “competitive course record” 63, which is 9 under par on the par 72 golf course.

He was playing against Blake Johnson, as well as with the other semifinal match of Jud Kotas and Mike Nepi.

Bergamo started his round with three straight birdies, then after pars on holes 4 and 5, strung together three more birdies on holes 6, 7, and 8.

A par save from 7 feet on hole No. 9 was a big turning point to keep the round going as Johnson was 2 under par through 9 holes, but still found himself 4 down in the match.

Bergamo then hit his approach within two feet of the hole on No. 10 and nailed the birdie putt for his seventh birdie on the first 10 holes.

He hit a par on 11 and added a birdie at the par 5 No. 12 to put himself 8 under par with only 6 holes to play.

Solid pars on holes 13, 14 and 15 set him up for a good stretch run.

He hit his tee shot on the par 3 16th hole within 15 feet of the hole and promptly poured that in the center of the cup to go 9 under par.

After a slippery downhill birdie putt on 17 ran 4 feet past the hole, he was forced to make another testing par save and did so flawlessly. Bergamo had another solid par on the 18th hole and history was set as a new competitive course record 63 became the lowest score shot since the club opened in 1917.

During his first 12 holes, Bergamo took only 13 putts and finished with only 23 putts for the round.

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