Piqua City Golf champ crowned: VanDeventer wins tournament by 3 strokes

PIQUA — After Saturday’s opening round, Justin Weber looked poised to pull off the Troy and Piqua City double again this year.

Paul VanDeventer, though, had other ideas.

VanDeventer, who was tied for third after the first round Saturday at Echo Hills, led the field at Piqua Country Club on Sunday with a 72, leaping all the way to first place in the championship flight to claim the Piqua City Championship golf tournament title.

Weber — the defending Piqua City champion who won his third straight Troy City Championship earlier this year — shot a 71 Saturday at Echo and held a three-stroke lead over Brian Deal going into Sunday’s round at Piqua Country Club. But he shot a 79 in the final round, and VanDeventer — who was tied for third with Ben Gover at 75 after the first round — shot a 72 to finish with 147 and claim the win.

Weber was second with 71-79—150, tied with Deal, who shot 74-76—150. Tom Christy (76-76—152) and Brian Robbins (77-75—152) finished tied for fourth.

Kasey Carter shot 81-73—154, Phil Kazer shot 77-80—157, Ray Stuchell shot 81-78—159, Chris Francis shot 83-78—161, Gover shot 75-84—162 and Al Rister and Dave Larger both shot 85-WD.

• First Flight

Justin Jennings also rallied in the tournament’s final round to win the first flight, overcoming a four-stroke deficit after Saturday’s round at Echo to post a 79-81—160 and win by two strokes.

Mike Bosse shot 75 in the first round but struggled on Sunday at Piqua Country Club, finishing with 75-87—162.

Ryan Ormberg (85-79—164) and Jay Dee Denson (82-82—164) were tied for third, Larry Hamilton shot 91-89—180 and Doug Harter no-carded.

• Second Flight

Creg Rietz was tied with Marty Jackson going into Sunday’s final round at Piqua Country Club, but Rietz had the better Sunday, winning the second flight by finishing with 85-86—171.

Jackson was second with 85-95—180 and Rob Kiser no-carded.