‘Real Deal’ summer continues at Echo Hills club championship


PIQUA — It continued to be the summer of the “Real Deal” over the weekend at the Echo Hills Club Championship.

Brian Deal won his third straight tournament, cruising to an eight-shot victory at the Echo Hills Club Championship.

Deal was coming off winning the Piqua City and Echo Hills Match Play titles.

“That is the first time I have won more than one tournament in the same summer,” Deal said.

After opening a three-shot lead over Doug Harter with a four-under par 68 on Saturday, Deal wasted no time taking control on Sunday.

He birdied the par-4 opening hole and added birdies on the par-4 sixth hole and par-3 seventh hole for a two-under par 34 on the opening nine to take the lead to six shots.

He added a birdie on the par-5 12th hole in a two-under par round of 70 for a six-under total of 138.

Deal had 10 birdies on the weekend and just four bogeys.

“I had been playing well coming into the tournament,” he said. “I had been making some birdies, which is what you have to do.”

Deal was solid in every area.

“Of course, you have to make the putts,” he said. “But, I have been hitting my irons really solid. That’s the difference.”

Ron Pearson Jr. followed his runnerup finish in the Piqua City with another second-place finish.

He shot an even par round of 72 Sunday for a two-over par 146 total.

Harter finished third, following a one-under par 71 Saturday with a 76 Sunday to finish with a three-over par total of 147.

First Flight

Rob Kiser opened an eight-shot lead with three holes to go and managed to hold on for a two-shot victory in the first flight.

Kiser had duplicate rounds of 91 for a 182 total.

Mike Emrerick, who erased a five-shot deficit on the first four holes of the day, finished second with rounds of 96 and 88 for a 184 total.


In a tightly contested Senior competition, Mike Underwood erased a one-shot deficit on Sunday to win the title.

Underwood had rounds of 81 and an 83 for a 164 total.

First-round leader Tim Davis followed an 80 with an 86 for a 166 total to finish second.

John Voress took third with rounds of 84 and 85 for a 169 total.

You can reach Sports Editor Rob Kiser at [email protected]

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