By Rob Kiser
The toughest part for Brian Robbins is remembering how many times he has won the Echo Hills Club Championship.
“I think that is seven,” the lefthander said after defending his crown with a 15-shot victory in the 36-hole tournament on Saturday and Sunday.
“I had been hitting the ball pretty well,” Robbins said. “For the last month, I have really been driving the ball well.”
Robbins opened the tournament with a 74, giving him a three-shot lead over Ryan Pearson and five-shot led over Mike Bosse.
“Really, I just couldn’t make a putt,” Robbins said about the opening round. “I struck the ball really well. It was kind of like that (Sunday) today.”
But, Robbins was able to card a three-under par 69 to finish one-under par for the tournament with a 143 total.
On Sunday, he went out in one-under par 35, with birdies at one, seven and nine.
He caught fire early on the back nine.
“I had a chip in at 11 for birdie,” Robbins said. “Then I eagled 12. That was pretty good. At that point, I was just thinking don’t do anything stupid.”
He parred in from there, until a bogey on 18 which did nothing to dampen the performance.
“I drove the ball really well,” Robbins said. “I was a little shaky with the wedges at times, but for the most part, I really hit the ball well. I had a good feeling coming in and you always want to win.”
Pearson finished second after rounds of 77 and 81 for a 158 total, while Bosse was third with rounds of 79 and 82 for a 171 total.
Emerick goes low
Mike Emerick scorched the course for a seven-under 65 to rally from a four-shot deficit to win the Seniors title.
Emerick, who had opened with a 76 and trailed Marv Simmons by four shots, went out in 32.
After a three-putt bogey on one, he birdied holes 2, 3, 5, 6 and 9.
Emerick, who only had two 5’s on his card all day and was 5-under on the par-5’s, eagled the par-5 12th hole and finished with birdies on 17 and 18, offset by a bogey on 13.
Simmons was a picture of consistency, shooting matching even-par 72 rounds for a 144 total, three shots back of Emerick.
Marty Jackson took third.
Jackson bounced back from an opening round of 80 with an even-par 72 total Sunday for a score of 152.
Rietz wins First Flight
Creg Rietz rallied from a four-shot deficit to win the first flight title.
After opening with a 93, Rietz shot a 78 for a 171 total and a 13-shot victory.
Jeremy Davis finished second after shooting rounds of 94 and 90 for a 184 total.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.