Piqua Daily Call
PIQUA — Justin Weber is breathing rare air in the local golf world.
And is hoping to join even rarer air by the end of the season,
Weber, the reigning Troy City champion, adding the Piqua City golf title to his resume after rounds of 71 Saturday at Echo Hills and 72 at Piqua Country Club Sunday for a 143 total and a seven-shot victory over Phil Kazer and Kasey Carter, who tied for second.
Weber did it in just his second year playing in the City tourney.
“I had never heard of anybody doing it,” Weber said. “There may be somebody way back who did it. It feels good.”
And he still has the Miami Shores Club Championship, Echo Hills Club Championship and Miami County Open to go.
“I am hoping to add a few Ws,” he said. “We will see how hit goes.”
But, Weber would be the first to tell you the seven-shot victory is very deceiving.
In fact, Weber trailed Kazer by two shots after Kazer shot 36 on the front nine at PCC Sunday morning and birdied the 10th.
When Kazer bogeyed 14 and 15, Weber had a two-shot lead and pulled away from there.
“It is just unfortunate,” Weber said. “We really had a great match going and Phil (Kazer) had a few things happen to him.”
Weber then finished an even-par round off in style with a birdie on 18.
“I do (feel really good about shooting 72 at the PCC layout),” Weber said. “Especially, because I don’t play out here or know the greens.”
Weber said he had all phases of his game working.
“Really, I just hit the ball well,” he said. “I had to get up-and-down a few times, but for the most part it was just fairway and greens.”
Weber and Kazer share the lead after opening round 71s at Echo Hills Saturday.
Weber shot a three-under 33 on the front nine and birdie two of the last three holes to close the round.
“Yes and no,” he said about being happy with his round. “Really, I played really well. I just had a couple bad holes in the middle.”
Kazer shot a four-under 32 on the front, before coming in with a 39 on the back nine.
“I birdied three of the first four holes,” he said. “So, that was pretty good. I hit some good shots, I made a couple 15 foot putts. Then, I ran in a putt I wouldn’t expect to make.”
Kazer finished with a 79 Sunday at PCC, while Carter had rounds of 73 and 77.
Andrew Slusher shot rounds of 73 and 79 for a 152 total to take fourth, while former high school teammates Brian Robbins and Chris Garrity tied for fifth.
Robbins had rounds of 77 and 78, while Garrity had rounds of 79 and 76.
Doug Harter opend a three-shot lead with and 83 at Echo Hills Saturday and went on to win by 11 shots over Tony Larger.
Harter shot 76 for a 159 total, while Larger had rounds of 86 and 84 for a 170 total to finish second.
Creg Rietz defended his title.
After shooting 85 the first day and sharing the lead with Rob Kiser, he shot an 82 at Piqua Country Club Sunday to pull away. His 167 gave him a four-shot victory over Marty Jackson.
Jackson had rounds of 87 and 84 for a 171 total, while Kiser was another stroke back after shooting 87 on Sunday.
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