By Rob Kiser
The “King” is still wearing his thrown.
But, not before overcoming a stiff challenge on the way to the title.
Justin Weber won his fourth straight Miami County Golf Championship title on Sunday at Echo Hills, but not before Alexander Garman made him work for it.
Weber finished with rounds of 72 Saturday at Miami Shores and 73 Sunday at Echo Hills for a 145 total and a five-shot victory over Alex Garman.
“I really enjoy playing in this tournament,” Weber said. “I really like playing both golf courses.”
Weber had opened with an even-par 72 at Miami Shores, recording three birdies on the front nine and two more on the back nine to give him a three-shot lead over Ben Gover and five-shot lead over Garman.
“You always feel good with a three-shot lead,” Weber said. “But, Alexander (Garman) got off to a fast start today,”
Garman birdied the par-4 second hole and when he had consecutive birdies at the par-3 seventh hole and par-4 eighth hole, it was tied.
“I was definitely hot on the front nine,” Garman said.
While Garman birdied eight, Weber had a double bogey for a three-shot swing. When Weber bogeyed the par-5 ninth, Garman had a one shot lead after parring the hole.
“That three-shot swing was big,” Weber said. “Alexander (Garman) came out and was playing really well. I knew I just had to focus and play my game.”
Weber regained the lead with pars on the par-4 10th and 11th holes, then was able to get some breathing room with two shot swings on the par-4 13th and 16th holes.
“He (Alexander Garman) made a few mistakes on the back nine was I was able to take advantage of them,” Weber said. “I played pretty solid all weekend.”
On 13, Weber had a par to Garman’s double bogey and on 16, Weber had a birdie while Garman bogeyed.
“Thirteen, that is the hole that got me,” Garman said. “I ended up making double there. That really hurt.”
Gover finished third with rounds of 75 and 83 for a 158 total.
Doug Harter shot 82-77 for a 159 total and fourth place, while Jason Thompson was another stroke back after rounds of 81 and 79 to round out the top five.
Jeff Bacon was solid all weekend to win the First Flight title.
Bacon opened with a 76 at Miami Shores and 78 at Echo Hills for a 154 total and five-shot victory.
Jim Howard shot 81-78 for a 159 total and won four-hole playoff over Jim Rohr — who had rounds of 80 and 79, for second place.
JD Hoover shot matching rounds of 80 for a 160 total to finish fourth, while John Mutschler was one stroke back of that with rounds of 80 and 81 for a 161 total to finish fifth.
Rick Szabo followed a 78 at Miami Shores with a 4-under par 68 at Echo Hills for a 146 total and a three-shot victory over Jim Sass, who had rounds of 77 and 72.
Dave Barnhart shot 78 and 74 for a 152 total to finish third, while Marv Simmons had a 154 total to finish fourth.
Bob Johnston and Steve Hamant tied for fifth with 158.
Super Duper Seniors
David Aldrich shot rounds of 79 and 73 for a 152 total, then won on the first hole of a playoff with Gary Weaver — who shot 78 and 74 — to win the title.
Allan May and Marty Jackson tied for third with a 158 total, while Roger Luring was fifth with a 162 total.
Miami County Golf Championship Scores
Justin Weber 72-73—145
Alexander Garman 77-73—150
Ben Gover 75-83—158
Doug Harter 82-77—159
Jason Thompson 81-79—160
Brian Deal 82-79—161
Dan Sutherly 83-79—162
Marty Stanaford 83-91—174
Jacky Chen 83-DNS
Jeff Bacon 76-78—154
Jim Howard 81-78—159
Jim Rohr 80-79—159
JD Hoover 80-80—160
John Mutschler 80-81—161
Dave Westfall 76-87—163
Chris Boehringer 84-79—163
Darrell Tron 81-90—171
Rob Kiser 92-81—173
Ron Moore 87-87—174
Eric Collier 87-90—177
Matt Olden 87-91—178
Dwight Hughes 93-87—180
John Hampton 91-96—187
Michael Simmons 95-DNS
Rick Szabo 78-68—146
Jim Sass 77-72—149
Dave Barnhart 78-74—152
Marv Simmons 79-75—154
Bob Johnston 81-77—158
Steve Hamant 85-73—158
Super Duper Seniors
David Aldrich 79-73—152
Gary Weaver 78-74—152
Marty Jackson 81-77—158
Allan May 82-76—158
Roger Luring 80-82—162
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.