TROY — It was a battle between two City Champions in a three-hole playoff for the Miami Shores Club Championship Sunday.
After rain washed out the final round, Piqua City Champion Brian Robbins and Troy City Champion Ryan Groff found themselves in a playoff after shooting two-under par 70s on Saturday.
At about 10 a.m., there was a break in the rain and the two went out for the playoff, with Robbins winning on the third hole.
Robbins had just won the Piqua City Championship last weekend.
“I will take it,” Robbins said with a smile.
After both parred the first two holes, they went to the par-4 third hole and both drives found the fairway.
With the pin cut 10 feet from the front of the green, Robbins left his approach on the front fringe, while Groff’s carried 40 feet past the pin.
After Groff’s downhill putt ran four feet past the hole, Robbins missed his putt to win from the fringe and tapped in for par. Groff’s par putt just missed, making Robbins the winner.
“You never want to see that,” Robbins said. “I hate that he missed that putt.”
It was Groff who had putts to win on the first two playoff holes.
On the par-5 first playoff hole, both were just off the green after two shots.
Groff pitched to eight feet, while Robbins chipped to 20 feet and both two putted for par.
“I had an open shot (on the chip right of the green),” Robbins said. “I just didn’t hit a good shot.”
On the par-3 second hole, Robbins tee shot was 20-feet below the pin, while Groff had a 12-foot downhill putt from the left fringe and again both two putted for par.
“From the tee, I thought my shot was closer to the hole than it was,” Robbins said. “That is never a good feeling when the other guy has a putt to win.”
On Saturday, Robbins had opened with an even-par 36 on the front nine and followed it with a two-under par 34 on the back nine.
Groff had gone out in a two-over par 38, before scorching the back nine with a four-under par 32 to get in the playoff.
And that high quality of play continued in the playoff, despite the players having a two hour wait to get started.
“It was kind of strange,” Robbins said. “I have never had to wait like that for a playoff.”
It was Robbins first time playing in the Miami Shores Club Championship.
“This was my first time playing in the Troy City and the Miami Shores (club championship),” Robbins said. “My first time playing Troy tournaments other than the County (Miami County Golf Championship).”
Former Newton standout Ross Ferrell took third after an even-par 72 Saturday.
Tying for fourth after shooting four-over par 76s were Jacky Chen, Jason Thompson, Ryan Pearson and Kris Anderson.
Derek Tubbs won by seven shots with a two-under par 70 Saturday.
Ty Nimer finished second with 77, Jim Rohr tied for third with 78 and Jeff Jennings was fourth with 79.
Tying for fifth with 80 were Bob Rohr and Andrew Lindeman.
Four golfers will be playing in a playoff later this week after shooting three-over par 75s.
They included Jeff Poettinger, Dave Newnam, Dave Gregorovic and John Mutschler.
Tying for fifth one shot back with 76 were Jeff Goodall and Jim Sarich.
Jack Holtel one by one shot after shooting 76 Saturday.
Jim Waters took second with a 77.
Denny Wyen and Don Wogoman tied for third with 79.
Tying for fifth with 80 are Mike Cargill and Roger Miller.
Larry Baugher won by two shots with a 77.
Brent Flinn was second with a 79 and Richard Wisecup was third after carding an 81.