By Rob Kiser
Piqua Daily Call
PIQUA — Brian Robbins’ legendary status at Echo Hills Golf Course grew a little larger over the weekend.
For the second time in his career, the lefthander completed a four-peat in the Echo Hills Club Championship, and he now has nine club championships overall.
“That’s my second time winning four straight,” Robbins said after holding on for a one-shot victory over Justin Weber. “For sure it is (10 club championships). We will have to see what happens.”
It took everything Robbins had get number nine Sunday.
After shooting a two-under par 70 Saturday, he had a two-shot lead over Weber, who had an even-par 72.
Weber carded a 74 Sunday and Robbins had a 75, good for a 145 total and a one-shot victory.
After Robbins bogeyed the 187-yard, par-3 17th hole, Weber was within one shot.
“For sure (he was thinking birdie on 18),” Weber said. “I pushed my tee shot to the right and just couldn’t get to the green in two.”
While Weber had a 30-foot birdie putt, Robbins was short of the green before pitching the ball to a foot-and-a-half.
“I knew I had to get it close,” Robbins said. “I wanted to make him make his putt.”
Weber’s putt missed and Robbins tapped in for the victory.
“It was kind of prayer on the putt once he hit the chip close,” Weber said.
Robbins had used some razor-sharp iron play to take a two-shot lead after the opening round Saturday.
Robbins was in birdie range through out the entire front nine and cashed in on the final three holes of the opening nine for a three-under par 33.
“I had a couple good pars on the front one one and five,” Robbins said. “I hit it to six feet on two and three.”
And after opening with six straight pars, Robbins hit it to two-feet on the par-3 seventh, to four-feet on the par-4 eighth and to 10-feet on the par-5 ninth and cashed in all three.
He continued his excellent play on the back nine.
“I made a good par on 10,” Robbins said. “Probably my best par of the day was on 13.”
Robbins had to layup short of pond on the par-4 13th.
“I punched out and hit it to two feet,” he said. “My first bogey came on 14. Then, I birdied 16 and bogeyed 17.”
On Sunday, the battle was on.
Weber had cut the led to one shot after an even-par 36 on the front nine.
A pivotal moment came on the 420-yard, par-4 10th hole when Robbins drove out of bounds.
“That is probably one of the best bogeys I have ever made,” Robbins said. “I was 140 yards out and hit it to 10-feet and made the putt. They (Justin Weber, Andrew Slusher) both bogeyed the hole too, so that was huge.”
Another key moment came on the par-4 13th.
Weber had birdied the par-5 12th hole to pull even with Robbins.
Robbins parred the 399-yard hole, while Weber made a double bogey to take the lead to two.
“I made a few mistakes out there,” Weber, the Piqua and Troy City champion, said. “Probably the biggest one was one 13. He got two shots on me there. The club championships didn’t work out this year, but I will be ready to give them heck at the County (the Miami County Open).”
Weber got within one on 17, before Robbins held on for the win.
Brian Deal was another stroke back at 147 after following Saturday’s 77 with a two-under par 70 on Sunday.
Slusher finished fourth with rounds of 76 and 75 for a 151 total, while Jeff Jennings finished fifth, carding a pair of 81s for a 162 total.
Mike Emerick erased a four-shot deficit Sunday, following a 78 with a 73 for a 151 total and a two-shot victory over Marty Jackson.
Jackson opened with a 74 Saturday and followed with with a 79 Sunday.
Rob Kiser carded rounds of 83 and 89 for a 172 total for an eight-shot victory.
Creg Rietz took second after rounds of 89 and 91 for a 180 total.
Contact Piqua Daily Call Sports Editor Rob Kiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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