By Rob Kiser
Piqua Daily Call
TROY — It was a workman-like performance from Justin Weber that allowed him to defend his Troy City Golf Championship Saturday and Sunday at Miami Shores Golf Course.
After grinding his way to an even-par 72 Saturday and trailing first-round leader Alex Garman by two shots, Weber did much the same on Sunday.
He recorded three birdies and four bogeys in a one-over par 73, good enough for a 145 total and four-shot victory over Garman, who followed a 70 with a 79.
“Really, it was a lot like Saturday,” Weber said. “It was pretty windy, some tough conditions. I had some bad holes and I had some good holes. My driver wasn’t what I wanted it to be, but wedges and putter were good and when I needed to scramble, I was able to.”
Garman was disappointed with his Sunday round after playing well on Saturday.
“Second-place is first loser,” Garman said. “Justin (Weber) just played better than me.”
After an even-par 36 on the front nine Sunday, Weber held a one-shot lead over Garman.
“I was happy with my front nine,” Weber said. “The back nine didn’t go the way I hoped, but I was able to make a lot of pars.”
Garman was still right there going to the par-5 15th hole, trailing Weber by one shot.
But, he hit his third shot out of bounds, and went on to make double-bogey. Weber parred, giving him a three-shot lead with three holes to play.
“That was it right there,” Garman said. “That iron shot was right in my wheelhouse and I just bladed it.”
Weber agreed that was the turning point.
“Unfortunately, he made double,” Weber said. “I was able to make a par and that kind of relaxed me.”
He finished it off in style.
After bogeying the par-4 17th, Weber drained a long putt on 18 for birdie to finish off his third Troy City title.
Zach Allen and Matt Maurer tied for third with a 153 total.
Allen followed an opening round 73 with an 80, while Maurer had rounds of 75 and 78.
Ryan Groff had the low round in the championship flight Sunday.
After an untypical opening round 82, he bounced back with an even-par 72 Sunday for a 154 total to finish fifth.
• Super Seniors
Jeff Poettinger used a spectacular round Sunday to win the Super Seniors title.
After trailing by one after an opening round 75, Poettinger scorched the Miami Shores layout with a five-under par 67 Sunday. That was good for a two-under par 142 total and a five-shot victory over Rick Szabo.
Szabo followed a first round 76 with a 71 for a 147 total.
First-round leader Jim Sarich finished third after rounds of 74 and 76 for a 150 total.
• Super Duper Seniors
Tom Strickrod had an opening round 73 and followed it with a 78 for a 151 total.
Stickrod overcame an eight on the par-4 10th hole to record a four-shot victory over Gary Weaver.
Weaver had rounds of 76 and 79 for a 155 total.
Denny Wyen finished third after a pair of 79s for a 158 total.
• First Flight
Jeff Bacon used a final round 78 to record a two-shot victory over first-round leader Jim Rohr.
Bacon had opened with 83 tor finish with a 161 total, while Rohr had rounds of 79 and 84 for a 163 total.
John Mutschler finished third with rounds of 83 and 81 for a 164 total.
TROY CITY CHAMPIONSHIP SCORES
Justin Weber 72-73—145
Alex Garman 70-79—149
Zach Allen 73-80—153
Matt Maurer 75-78—153
Ryan Groff 82-72—154
Brett Menzer 77-81—158
Ray Stuchell 78-81—159
Jason Thompson 79-81—160
Derek Tubbs 79-84—163
Jason Levan 82-81—163
Connor Hockett 78-88—166
Kris Anderson 77-WD
Shawn Massie 84-WD
Jacky Chen 86-WD
Jeff Poettinger 75-67—142
Rick Szabo 76-71—147
Jim Sarich 74-76—150
Don Wogoman 77-78—155
Dwight Hughes 80-81—161
Don Anderson 87-WD
Super Duper Seniors
Tom Stickrod 73-78—151
Gary Weaver 76-79—155
Denny Wyen 79-79—158
Roger Luring 83-77—160
Allen May 82-87—169
Mike Cargill 78-WD
Doug Page 92-WD
Jeff Bacon 83-78—161
Jim Rohr 78-84—163
John Mutschler 83-81—164
Bob Rohr 85-81—166
Andrew Pittenger 86-82—168
Jim Howard 89-82—171
Lance England 84-89—173
Andrew Lindeman 87-87—174
Derek Alexander 85-98—183
Ron Moore 89-WD