By Rob Kiser
Piqua Daily Call
PIQUA — Tom Christy’s biggest mistake Sunday?
Picking the wrong day to play Andy Arp in the championship match in the Piqua Country Club’s President’s Cup.
Arp was eight-under par for 30 holes, defeating Christy 7-and-6 in the 36-hole match play final.
“I played pretty well,” Arp said with a smile as he made a huge understatement. “And Tom (Christy) played well too.”
The scorecard bears that out. Christy was even par for his 30 holes.
“I was even par for 30 holes,” Christy said. “Most times, that is going to be very competitive. But, Andy just played really well.”
Arp was coming off a 4-and-3 win over top seed Kasey Carter in the semifinal Saturday, while Christy defeated Mike Curtis 2-and-1.
And while it was Arp’s fourth President’s Cup title since 2011, this wasn’t the year he was expecting it.
“I really haven’t played that much golf,” he said. “Our store was in the tornado in Dayton and I have been spending more time at work than normal and not playing that much golf. I played well yesterday (Saturday’s semifinal) too.”
It started out as a very competitive match.
Christy won the par-5 fifth and eighth holes on the opening nine and the match was even after eight holes.
Then, Arp started rolling.
On the 161-yard par-3 ninth hole, Arp rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt, and made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 316-yard par-4 10th to go 2-up.
On the 496-yard par-5 11th, Arp had a tap in for birdie, but Christy rolled in a 10-footer to halve the hole.
“Those two putts (on nine and 10) you don’t expect to make,” Arp said. “I think Tom (Christy) was probably a little down after I made those.”
Arp then won 15, 16 and 17 by going par, birdie, par and took a five-up lead after the first 18 holes.
He carded a 67, while Christy had a 72.
“I was thinking don’t make a bogey,” Arp said as he started the second 18.
He did exactly that.
Both players opened with birdies on the opening hole the second time around.
Christy got back within 5-up when he birdied the 424-yard sixth hole with a putt from the back fringe.
But, Arp won the seventh hole with a par and won the par-5 eighth with a two-putt birdie, after Christy’s birdie putt went down in the hole and came back up.
That put Arp 7-up and the two halved 10, 11 and 12, ending the match.
Both birdied the par-5 11th and Arp rolled in an eight-footer for par on the par-4 12th to halved the holed and end the match.
For the 30 holes, Arp hit 14 of 24 fairways, 23 of 30 greens in regulation, including 18 of the last 22 and had 44 putts.
Christy hit 15 of 24 fairways, 19 of 30 greens and had 47 putts.
“It is the best I have ever seen Andy (Arp) play,” Christy said. ” He played great. I just couldn’t get the ball in the hole. But, I was even par. There isn’t much you can do.”
Arp was 2-under on the par-3s, 3-under on the par-4s and 3-under on the par-5s.
Christy was 3-over on the par-3s, even on the par-4s and 3-under on the par-5s.
“I really played well on the par-3s,” Arp said.
In the opening round, Jeff Schaffner defeated Chris Francis 2-and-1, Arp defeated Paxson Francis 4-and-2, Phil Kazer defeated Doug Borchers 5-and-4, Chad Sherrill defeated Mike Krusemark 4-and-3 and Dave Larger outlasted Al Rister in 20 holes.
In the quarterfinals, Carter defeated Schaffner 2-up, Arp defeated Kazer 2-and-1, Christy defeated Sherrill 4-and-2 and Curtis defeated Larger 3-and-1.
Dale Peterson defeated Dave Owen 4-and-2 in the championship match Saturday.
In the opening round, Karl Finkes defeated Yoga Raval 1-up and Pete DeLuke defeated John Reynolds 2-and-1.
In the semifinals, Peterson defeated Finkes 8-and-7 and Owen defeated DeLuke 4-and-3.
Marla Flinn added to her legendary status at PCC.
Flinn won her seventh straight President’s Cup and 14th overall, defeating Sandy Finkes 4-and-3.
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