Perennial champ Via still in the hunt

Last updated: June 21. 2014 6:41PM - 434 Views
By Joshua Brown

Anthony Weber/Troy Daily NewsBrad Via hits an approach to the 18th green Saturday during the first round of the Men's City Championship golf tournament at Miami Shores.
Anthony Weber/Troy Daily NewsBrad Via hits an approach to the 18th green Saturday during the first round of the Men's City Championship golf tournament at Miami Shores.
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By Josh Brown

Sports Editor

TROY — There was no eight birdies on the first nine holes this time.

But there was enough over the course of the day to stay in contention.

With Justin Weber leading the pack with a best-on-the-day 69, perennial champion Brad Via shot a 71 to sit two strokes back in second place in the championship flight after the first round of the Troy Men’s City Championship Saturday at Miami Shores Golf Course.

Weber shot 35-34—69 to hold first place, the 34 being tied with Derek Tubbs for the best nine-hole score on the day. Via shot 35-36—71 and is one of four people within four strokes of the lead. Shawn Massie (35-38), Ryan Groff (36-37) and Matt Orr (36-37) all shot 73 and are tied for third.

Via won the City title nine years in a row before 2012, when Groff won the title and ended his streak. But Via won it again last year — and two weeks ago shot a Shores course-record 61.

Tubbs (34-41) and Jeff Poettinger (40-35) are tied for sixth with 75, Dan Sutherly (38-38) is in eighth with 76 and Andrew Johnston (39-38) is ninth with 77. Joel Hall (46-40) is 10th with 86, and Andy Pitinger (46-42) and Cody Jackson (45-43) are tied for 11th with 88.

In the super seniors flight, Brent Adkins shot a consistent 36-35—71 to take the lead after one round. Tom Stickrod (36-37) is two shots back in second with 73, Doug Willoughby (38-36) is third with 74 and Fred Monnin (37-38), Gary Weaver (38-37) and Roger Luring (37-38) are tied for fourth with 75. Barry Willoughby (37-39), John Weaver (36-40) and Marty Jackson (38-38) are tied for seventh with 76, Dennis Wyen (40-37) and Mike Furrow (37-40) are tied for 10th with 77, Jim Waters (39-39) is 12th with 78 and Doug Weikert (38-41) is 13th with 79. Jim Hoover (41-40—81), Darrell Tron (41-41—82), John Tishaus (43-40—83), Jack Holtel (39-45—84), Brent Flinn (44-40—84), Don Anderson (39-46—85), Bob Allison (44-41—85) and Rick Steck (44-42—86) round out the flight.

Chris Boehringer took the early lead in the senior flight, shooting 37-37—74. Joe Goodall (39-36) and Mark Allen (40-35) are tied for second with 75, and Michael Zapaka (37-41) and Bob Rohr (43-35) are tied for fourth with 78. John Mutschler (41-40) is sixth with 81, Craig Stammen (39-43) is seventh with 82, Tom Ashman (43-40) is eighth with 83, Bob Johnston (46-40) is ninth with 86, Roger Reed (44-47) is 10th with 91 and Craig Mothmiller (51-45) is 11th with 96.

In the first flight, Ray Stuchell (39-36) shot a 75 to hold a slim lead over Jim Rohr (38-38) and his 76. J.D. Hoover (42-37) is third with 79, Jacky Chen (41-40) and Lance England (39-42) are tied for fourth with 81, Brian Jackson (44-40) is sixth with 84, Tom Coffield (44-41) and Clint Lamb (42-43) are tied for seventh with 85 and Dwight Hughes (45-41) and Jeff Bacon (42-44) are tied for ninth with 86. Ron Moore (48-39) is 11th with 87, Jim Howard (50-38) is 12th with 88 and Allan May (46-46) is 13th with 92.

In the second flight, Eric Collier has a seven-shot lead after shooting 39-42—81, with Kevin Monroe (47-41) in second with 88. Ryan Ormberg (45-46) is third with 91, Bill Shattuck (48-44) is fourth with 92 and Brian Stafford (55-46) is fifth with 101.

The final round is today at 8 a.m.

Contact Josh Brown at (937) 440-5251 or jbrown@civitasmedia.com, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.

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