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Ex-Metuchen star Kim loses playoff, finishes second at MGA Ike Championships

Peter Kim set scoring records at the 61st Metropolitan Golf Association’s Ike Championships, but it wasn’t enough to captured the championship for the ex-Metuchen High School great.

Kim started the Ike Championships, held at the Essex Country Club in West Orange, with a course and championship record 8-under-par 63 in the opening round played June 27.

The ex-Bulldog, now a senior at the United States Military Academy, followed his record-setting round with back-to-back 70s June 28 to bring his 54-hole score to 10-under 203, tying the championship record. However, defending Ike champion Cameron Young of Sleepy Hollow matched that score, setting up a dramatic sudden-death playoff.

Kim needed a birdie on the 18th hole to tie Young and force the playoffs.

The playoff started out with a three-hole aggregate score playoff holes 10-12. After three holes, Young and Kim were still tied, as each went 1-under-par during that stretch.

Next up was sudden death and it started on the 18th hole, where a par by Young won when Kim couldn’t get up and down from a greenside bunker.

With the win, Young became the 10th person to successfully defend the Ike title — the last being Cameron Wilson in 2012-13.

The 21-year-old Kim was last year’s Met Amateur champion.

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