Deal wins Echo Hills Club Championship; Emerick, Jones take flight titles

PIQUA — Back-to-back impressive weekends led to a back-to-back titles in the Echo Hills Club Championship for Brian Deal.

Deal carded rounds of 69 and 70 for a five-under par 139 total and a 13-shot victory.

“I have been playing really well,” Deal said. “I shot 69 and 71 last weekend just playing with the guys. So I did (have a good feeling coming into the tournament. I have been driving the ball really well.”

On Saturday, Deal had birdies on the second, fifth and ninth holes on the front nine for a two-under par 34 and added birdies on the 16th and 18th holes on the back for a one-under par 35 and a 69 to open a seven-shot lead over Piqua City Champion Brian Robbins.

“That was different,” Deal said about the big lead. “I have never been in that situation before. I just wanted to come out and play smart and not make any mistakes.”

He did exactly that on Sunday.

Deal had birdies on the fifth and sixth holes to shoot 35 on the front nine and erase any doubts.

He would eagle the par-5 12th hole and birdie 16 and 18 to finish off the win in style and fire another 35 on the back nine.

“I think this is my fourth club championship,” Deal said. “It is the first time I have gone back-to-back.”

Ron Pearson Jr. finished second with a 152 total after rounds of 77 and 75.

Robbins was third another shot back after rounds of 76 and 77.

Ryan Person took fourth after rounds of 78 and 79 for a 157 total and Matt Mauer was fifth after rounds of 81 and 79 for a 160 total.

SENIORS

Mike Emerick cruised to a 10-shot victory in the Senior flight.

Emerick had rounds of 74 and 73 for a 147 total.

Marv Simmons took second with rounds of 77 and 80 for a 157 totals.

Larry Hamilton took third with rounds of 77 and 81 for a 158 total.

FIRST FLIGHT

Terry Jones won the first flight title with rounds of 84 and 91 for a 175 total.

He played a flawless front nine in the opening round, hitting all nine greens and parring all nine holes.