PIQUA — Golfer Justin Weber may have started Sunday behind the “eight ball”.
But, it didn’t take him long to find the magic.
Weber shot an eight-under par 64 Sunday at Echo Hills — one off Ben Gover’s course record — to rally from five shots back win the Miami County Golf Championship.
Kris Anderson had held the opening round lead after a one under par 71 at Miami Shores Saturday.
Weber was five shots back with a 76 after rallying from a front nine 40 on Saturday.
“I definitely put myself behind the eight ball,” Weber said. “But, I knew if I played the way I can, I could still win it.”
Ironically, Weber’s round Sunday started with four pars — before things quickly changed.
He made six birdies and two eagles over the final 14 holes to pick up a three-shot victory over Anderson and Cale Green. finishing with a four-under par 140 total.
Anderson had an even-par 72 Sunday and Green followed Saturday’s 73 with a two-under par 70 Sunday.
“I was hitting my irons really well and rolling in the putts,” Weber said. “Everything was clicking.”
He birdied five, six and eight and eagled nine for an opening nine 31.
“I just kind of got things going,” Weber said. “I was hitting my wedges well. Anytime you shoot a 31 on the front, you are thinking about that (a low round). But, you still have the back nine (at Echo Hills) to deal with.”
After a bogey on the par-4 10th hole, he eagled the par-5 12th hole. after bogeying the par-4 14th hole, he birdied 15 and 16 to get to seven under par and set the stage for the par-5 18th hole.
Gover, playing with Weber, let him know he was close to his record.
“I didn’t know until the 18th tee that I needed an eagle to tie the course record,” Weber said.
He had a long eagle putt from the front of the green that nearly dropped before rolling over the edge of the hole.
“No doubt, I wanted that eagle,” Weber, who was six-under par on the par-5s said. “I really played the par-5s well today.”
Brian Robbins finished fourth with rounds of 73 and 72 for a 145 total, while Ryan Groff and Ron Pearson Jr. tied for fifth with a 148 total.
Groff had rounds of 73 and 75 and Pearson had rounds of 77 and one-under par 71 Sunday.
Jeff Poettinger had rounds of 70 and 79 for a 149 total to win the Super Seniors title.
Jim Ross had rounds of 69 and 84 for a 153 totals to finish second and Tom Marsh had rounds of 78 and 76 for a 154 total to finish third.
Super Duper Seniors
Jim Sass won the Super Duper Seniors with rounds of 70 and 72 for a 142 total.
Jack Holtel finished one shot back after rounds of 73 and 70.
Gary Weaver and Don Wogoman tied for third with a 150 total.
Weaver had rounds of 75 and 75, while Wogoman had rounds of 71 and 79.
It was a Jennings family battle in the First Flight.
Derek Jennings and his father Jeff Jennings came to the par-5 18th hole tied for the lead.
Derek birdied the hole for a two-shot victory over Jeff, who bogeyed the hole.
Derek had rounds of 77 and 74 for a 151 total, while Jeff had rounds of Jeff had rounds of 77 and 76 for a 153 total.
Andrew Lindeman had rounds of 79 and 81 for a 160 total to finish third.
Terry Jones rallied for a five-shot victory in the Second Flight.
Jones trailed by six after an opening round 86, but carded a 79 Sunday for a 165 total.
Luke Karn had rounds of 91 and 79 for a 170 total to finish second.
Creg Rietz and Nick Long tied for third with a 171 total.
Rietz had rounds of 85 and 86, while Long had rounds of 80 and 91.
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