By Josh Brown
TROY — Shawn Massie could have folded at the turn Sunday, after seeing the two-stroke lead he carried entering the day turn into a one-stroke deficit to Justin Weber through nine holes.
And he really could have folded with three holes left after that deficit had grown to three shots.
But Massie gutted it out and tied the score, forcing a playoff for the Troy City Golf Championship title during Sunday’s final round. And after both he and Weber birdied the first playoff hole, Massie was able to sink a par putt on the second and claim his first-ever City championship.
“I probably could’ve given up when I was three back with three holes to play,” Massie said. “But he (Weber) had an unfortunate hole on 16 with a double, which you never want to see, and I was able to make par. I had a good birdie on 17 to square the match, and we were both tied after 18.”
Massie shot 72-74—146, and Weber made up those two strokes with 74-72—146 to send the tournament into the playoff. But even with Weber holding the lead during most of Sunday’s final round, Massie didn’t feel the stress.
“Not really,” he said. “We were playing with Ryan Groff, and we knew he was third, so it was either first or second for us. Justin was playing really well, so I just tried to grit it out.”
It was the first time Massie has won the title. After Saturday’s opening round, he’d credited his 11-year-old son Evan, who was acting as his caddy, with keeping him calm enough to hold the lead. And after winning Saturday, his son’s presence made the victory mean that much more.
“I’ve been playing in this off and on since I was 16. It’s nice to win, especially having my son with me,” Massie said. “He made it all more special. It was great getting to walk around the course with him and show him some things.”
Groff finished third in the championship flight, shooting a consistent 78-78 over the course of the weekend for a 156. Ray Stutchell was one of only two players to make a move up from the first day, jumping from sixth to fourth with 81-77—158, and Jason Thompson was the other, finishing fifth with 82-78—160 after holding seventh after the first round. Zachary Allen finished sixth with 80-81—161, Holden Scribner was seventh with 81-82—163, Andrew Pittenger was eighth with 86-87—173 and Andrew Johnston was eighth with 89-88—177.
The super seniors flight was the one that was most up in the air after the first round, with three players sharing the lead and 11 within three strokes of it. But Tom Stickrod — who entered the day one stroke back — separated himself from the pack, shooting a 77-72—149 to claim the title.
Roger Luring was second, shooting 77-73—150, and Jim Waters was third with 77-74—151. All three of the first-round leaders — Jim Sarich, Gary Weaver and Marty Jackson — matched their scores from the first day, and all three finished tied for fourth with 76-76—152. Brent Adkins was seventh with 77-76—153, Dennis Wyen was eighth with 79-77—156 and Doug Willoughby (79-78) and Mike Cargill (77-80) were tied for ninth with 157.
In the seniors flight, Jeff Poettinger rallied from a three-stroke deficit after the first round to win by two shots, finishing with 78-72—150. Joe Goodall remained in second by finishing with 76-76—152, and Rick Szabo (75-78) fell to a third-place tie with Tony Auzene (79-74) with a 153. Chris Boehringer was fifth with 80-78—158, Bobby Rohr was sixth with 81-79—160, Tom Marsh (81-82) and John Mutschler (83-80) were tied for seventh with 163, Mark Allen was ninth with 81-83—164 and Craig Stammen was 10th with 86-80—166.
In the first flight, Jeff Bacon — who hit his first career hole-in-one during Saturday’s opening round — held on for the victory, winning with 75-78—153. Ty Nimer was second with 81-77—158, Jim Rohr was third with 81-78—159, Jim Howard was fourth with 85-79—164 and four golfers — Ron Moore (82-83), Chad Scribner (84-81), Jacky Chen (85-80) and J.D. Hoover (88-87) — were all tied for fifth with 165. Clint Lamb was ninth with 89-80—169 and Russ Emerick was 10th with 88-88—176.
In the second flight, Eric Collier won with 93-84—177, Brian Stafford was second with 91-90—181 and Craig Mothmiller was third with 95-94—189.
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