By Josh Brown
TROY — When Brad Via doesn’t win the City Golf Championship, it’s usually because he didn’t enter the tournament.
Sunday, Justin Weber defeated the 16-time champion head to head.
Weber had a birdie and an eagle on the last two holes of Sunday’s final round, finishing with a 31 on the back nine and a 68 for the round — the day’s best — posting a 143 for the tournament and besting Via by three strokes to win the Championship flight of the 2016 Troy City Championship Tournament Sunday at Miami Shores Golf Course.
“It’s finally good to break through and win the City,” Weber said. “Last year was tough. I lost in a playoff. This tournament was at the top of my list of ones I wanted to win, and it feels good to break through.”
Weber entered the day trailing Via by two strokes, 73 to 75. Both shot 37s on the front nine during Sunday’s round, but Weber’s strong finish proved to be the difference. Via finished with another 73 for a total of 146.
“The greens were just rolling good today,” Weber said. “That was the difference between yesterday and today — I felt good putting. My tee ball was still working well, so I didn’t have to worry about that. I just had to worry about scoring.
“I just played well. Yesterday, I was a couple shots back. And it was Via I was trying to come back against. But I just put in a good round today instead of worrying about what he was doing.”
The leaders were followed by a couple of Troy Trojan golfers, past and current. Alex Garman — who, before Troy Moore qualified last season, was the last Trojan to reach the state tournament in 2004 — improved by eight strokes from Saturday to Sunday and leapt up to third with 78-70—148. And Holden Scribner, who will be a sophomore for the Trojans in the fall, finished with 76-74—150, tied with Matt Orr’s 77-73—150 for fourth place.
Ryan Groff was sixth with 75-77—152, Jacky Chen was seventh with 76-81—157, Jason Thompson (77-81) and Zachary Allen (80-78) were tied for eighth with 158, Marty Stanaford (79-80) and Dereck Tubbs (77-82) were tied for 10th with 159, Shawn Massie was 12th with 85-75—160 and Andy Pittenger (77-85) and Ray Stuchell (80-82) were tied for 13th with 162.
In the Seniors flight, Jeff Poettinger — who shot the best round of the tournament with his 67 on Saturday — added a 78 on Sunday to finish with 145 and win. Joe Goodall was second with 73-77—150, John Mutschler was third with 76-81—157, Chris Boehringer was fourth with 81-77—158, Mark Allen was fifth with 76-83—159 and Bob Rohr was sixth with 81-80—161.
In the Super Seniors flight, Brent Adkins matched his first round and won with 72-72—144, with three golfers tied for runner-up as Mike Cargill (75-73), Rick Szabo (75-75) and Gary Weaver (76-72) all shooting 148. Jim Sarich was fifth with 75-74—149, and Jim Waters (78-78), Darrel Tron (81-75) and Jim Hoover (82-74) were all tied for sixth with 156. Doug Willoughby was ninth with 78-80—158, Barry Willoughby was 10th with 82-77—159, Ron Kress was 11th with 83-77—160, Bob Allison (84-90) and Allan May (81-93) were tied for 12th with 174 and Wayne Crow was 14th with 92-86—178.
In the First flight, Zach Clendenen was with 73-75—148, Jim Rohr was second with 77-74—151, Chad Scribner was third with 83-86—169, Ron Moore was fourth with 86-85—171, Tom Coffield was fifth with 86-87—173 and Matt Olden was sixth with 88-87—175.
In the second flight, Dwight Hughes won with 82-90—172, Brian Jackson (85-90) and Bill Shattuck (90-85) were tied for second with 175 and Craig Mothmiller was fourth with 93-87—180.
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