By Rob Kiser
Call Sports Editor
The eagle landed for Chad Sherrill in the Piqua City Golf Tournament Sunday at Echo Hills.
As a result, Sherrill won the championship flight in his first City tournament, following a 76 at Piqua Country Club Saturday with a two-under par 70 at Echo Hills for a three-stroke victory over Tom Christy and Phil Kazer.
“I rejoined the club (Piqua Country Club) this year and it is a weekend tournament,” Sherrill said about his debut.
Sherrill was two-under par through 16 holes Sunday to make a move on the leaders behind him, but double-bogeyed the uphill 187-yard par-3 17th to set up the dramatic finish.
“I was playing pretty well, but I wasn’t sure after the double bogey,” Sherrill said about his chances of winning. “I didn’t really know until 17 when someone told us where we stood. I just wanted to try and birdie 18.”
He did better that that on the 501-yard par-5 finishing hole.
A drive and 3-wood left him just short of the green, with the pin back right.
“I had about 246 to the green (on the second shot),” Sherrill said. “I made a good swing — it just got caught up in the rough a little and stopped right in front of the green.”
He holed the chip to finish off an even-par back nine that included birdies at 10 and 13. Sherrill had birdied six, eight and nine enroute to a two-under par 34 on the front.
“I thought I hit it (the chip on 18) too hard,” Sherrill said. “I was hoping it would hit the stick and it went in.”
He entered Sunday’s final round trailing first-round leader Doug Eakin by five shots.
Eakin had shot a 71, while both Kazer and Scott Bradley were two strokes back with 73s.
“I didn’t feel bad at all about Saturday’s round,” Sherrill said. “I just had a few bad breaks. I felt like if I continued to hit the ball well, I still had a good chance.”
Christy followed up a 75 with a 74 Sunday, while Kazer had rounds of 73 and 76.
Eakin took fourth at 151 after an 80 Sunday, while Ben Gover — who carded an even-par 72 Sunday, tied for fifth with Jim Burt and Brian Robbins.
Mike Terry was happy to continue his domination of the Senior Flight — he just lamented there weren’t more golfers in the tournament.
“I appreciate all the guys who did play,” Terry, who won his sixth Senior title with rounds of 85 and 79 for a 164 total said. “I just wish we could get more guys to play.”
Terry had trailed Larry Hamilton and Randy Eisenzimmer by one shot going to the final round after they opened with 84 at PCC.
“Really, I played well from tee to green all weekend,” Terry said. “I had six three putts and didn’t make a birdie either day. But, I was pretty happy with the way I played.”
Hamilton followed his 84 with an 85 for a 169 total to take second, five shots back.
Eisenzimmer carded an 86 Sunday and shared third at 170 with Mike Butsch, who rebounded from a 90 Saturday with an 80 at Echo Hills.
JD Denson put on an impressive display in winning the first flight title by four strokes.
Denson overcame two sevens Saturday to shoot 82 at the PCC layout and recorded the same score Sunday at Echo Hills.
Lloyd Shoemaker took second after rounds of 86 and 82 for a 168 total, while Dennis Steinke was third with rounds of 89 and 84 for a 173 total.
Rob Kiser won the third flight with a 190 total.
He bounced back from a 101 Saturday with an 89 Sunday.
Craig Allread finished second at 205 after rounds of 100 and 105.