Keenan at home at Berkshire
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Former University of Texas player Farren Keenan sure has liking for The Berkshire Golf Club. Keenan might just think about taking out membership at the classic English course should he ever get fed up playing his home course of Sunningdale.
Keenan, whose sister Ellis will attend UNLV in the fall, became the first player since Gary Wolstenholme in 1997 to win the Berkshire Trophy in consecutive years when he successfully defended his title June 21. Keenan defeated countryman Luke Goddard by four shots with rounds of 66-66-69-67 for a 19-under 26 total.
The English amateur failed to qualify for the match play stages of the British Amateur Championship at Formby, but made up for it by winning one of England’s most prestigious tournaments.
The Berkshire Trophy stretches back to 1946, and has a list of excellent winners that includes Sir Michael Bonallack, Peter Oosterhuis, Sandy Lyle, Peter McEvoy, Ross Fisher and Wolstenholme.
No player has won it three consecutive years since Philip Scrutton in 1950-52. There’s a good chance Keenan won’t attempt to match that record since he will try for his European Tour card later this year.