Weber rallies in final round to win Miami Shores Club title

TROY — The moment he hit the course, Justin Weber knew his Sunday would be better than Saturday.

“Absolutely. From the first tee today, I knew it was going to be 10 times better than yesterday,” Weber said.

Weber shot a 4-under-par 68 in the final round of the Miami Shores Club Championship Sunday at Miami Shores Golf Course, overcoming a three-stroke deficit after the first day to defeat Matt Maurer in the championship flight by one stroke, 144-145.

It was Weber’s first Club title. Entering the weekend, he had won his third straight Troy City tournament earlier this summer at Miami Shores, as well as finishing second at Piqua’s City tournament at Echo Hills and Piqua Country Club recently.

“This is actually my first one,” Weber said. “I’ve won the City multiple times, and the County, but this is actually my first (Miami Shores) Club that I’ve won.”

After the tournament’s first day, though, Weber sat tied with Ryan Groff for third with 76, with Maurer shooting an opening-round 73 to take the lead and Chris Taylor sitting in second with a 74.

“Yesterday was just a tough start,” Weber said. “The first 11 holes, I couldn’t find the swing, to be honest. Fortunately, I came out firing today, made a couple of big putts, got up and down a lot. But other than that, I was just hitting greens and making putts. That was about it.”

But Weber was dominant on Sunday, shooting 34 on both nines to post the 68. And even a bogey on the final hole couldn’t slow down his momentum.

“That was a bit of a bad break, but it didn’t (hurt enough),” Weber said. “I had a feeling that it might, but fortunately it didn’t mean anything.”

Weber officially finished with 76-68—144 to win, with Maurer shooting 73-72—145 to take second.

“It sucks to win that way, with him only losing by one,” Weber said. “He’s a good friend of mine. But at the end of the day, you just come out here and try to play the best you can.”

Groff was third with 76-71—147, Derek Tubbs was fourth with 77-76—153 and Taylor (74-82—156) and Jacky Chen (77-79—156) finished tied for fifth. Ray Stuchell shot 80-81—161, Kris Anderson shot 84-78—162 and Alex Garman shot 102-NS.

• Super Seniors

That 68 wasn’t the tournament-best round, though, as Jeff Poettinger shot a final-round 67 to finish off his rally and win the super seniors flight.

After trailing Don Wogoman by two strokes after the first day, Poettinger shot 78-67—145 to win. Darrell Tron finished second with 73-77—150, Jim Sarich was third with 79-75—154 and Wogoman was fourth with 76-80—156.

Bob Wooton shot 87-87—174, Russ Miller shot 85-91—176 and Dennis Tubbs shot 91-90—181.

• Super Duper Seniors

Gary Weaver led from start to finish in the super duper seniors flight, shooting 71-74—145 to win by six strokes.

Jack Holtel was second with 73-78—151, Roger Luring was third with 78-75—153 and Tom Stickrod was fourth with 77-77—154.

Denny Wyen shot 78-77—155, Ron Kress shot 80-76—156, Allan May shot 85-86—171, Ken Gauvey shot 86-86—172 and Doug Page shot 82-91—173.

• Seniors

Jason Thompson also had a strong showing in the seniors flight, shooting 74-75—149 to win.

Bob Sundlie was second with 83-82—165, Ron Moore was third with 86-92—178 and Tom Coffield was fourth with 83-96—179.

• First Flight

Bob Rohr coasted to a win in the first flight, leading by three after the first day and finishing strong to win with 75-77—152.

Jeff Bacon was second with 78-79—157, Andrew Lindeman was third with 82-77—159 and Ty Nimer was fourth with 78-82—160. Jim Howard shot 84-78—162, Jim Rohr shot 82-85—167 and William Sanderson shot 102-100—202.