Robbins rallies to win fourth Piqua City Golf Championship

PIQUA — Brian Robbins had the long and short of it covered as he rallied from a three-shot deficit Sunday to win his fourth Piqua City Golf Championship at Echo Hills Golf Course.

Ryan Pearson had taken a three-shot lead into the final round Sunday after an even par 72 Saturday.

But, it quickly turned into a two-man battle between Robbins and Brian Deal, who trailed by four shots at the start of the day Sunday.

“We both shot 35 on the front nine,” Robbins said. “And then we kind of went back-and-forth after that.”

Robbins took the lead to two shot on 10 after Deal made a bogey, but Deal got back within one when Robbins bogeyed the 11th hole.

Robbins took the lead back to two with a birdie on the par-5 12th hole, but Deal got that shot back when Robbins double-bogeyed the par-4 13th hole.

So, Robbins stood on the 14th tee with a one shot lead.

While his drive left him in the fairway 80 yards from the green, Deal pushed his tee shot right into the penalty area.

While Deal would make a double-bogey six, Robbins hit his gap wedge to six feet and made the birdie putt to take a four stroke lead.

“I was feeling pretty good at that point,” Robbins said. “But, it wasn’t over. We still had 15, 16 and 17 to go — and then 18.”

Robbins was able to hold serve the rest of the way to record a four-stroke victory.

Both players parred in from there.

Robbins got up and down on 15 and made putts on 16 and 17 to save par, before two-putting from 20 feet on 18 to finish off the victory.

“I missed the green on 15, but I was able to to chip it to three inches,” Robbins said. “I made a real good par on 16. I made a 12-foot putt. Then, I made a six-foot putt on 17 and hit the green on 18 and two putted. This is my fourth, but it has been awhile since my last one.”

Robbins credited two aspects of his game after his even-par 72 Sunday for a 147 total and the win.

“This is the best I have hit my driver all year,” he said. “Also, I got a tip from Matt Maurer Saturday that helped me.”

That concerned the wedge game.

“My biggest weakness this year has probably been my wedge game,” Robbins said. “Matt (Maurer) told me to try gripping down a little and that worked.”

Deal took second with rounds of 76 and 75 for a 151 total and Maurer finished third with round of 85 and 73 for a 158 total.

Pearson took fourth with a 159 total and Doug Harter and Jeff Jennings tied for fifth.

Harter had rounds of 82 and 81 for a 163 total and Jennings had rounds of 81 and 82 to match him.

Second Flight

Ben Schneider rallied from a two-shot deficit to win the Second Flight.

Schneider had opened with an 88 Saturday, but rebounded with an 80 Sunday for a 168 total and six-shot victory.

Rob Kiser shot rounds of 86 and 88 for a 174 total to finish second.