By Rob Kiser
Brian Robbins was “driven” to a sixth Echo Hills Club Championship — literally.
Robbins shots rounds of 76 and 73 for a 149 total to post a three-shot victory over Brian Deal, who bounced back from a 79 Saturday to match Robbins with low round of the day Sunday with a one-over par 73.
“Since about a week before the City tournament my driver had been all over the place,” Robbins said. “It hadn’t been good. And actually, it was pretty good this weekend.”
Ryan Pearson, who like Robbins, had shared the lead Saturday after a 76, had a one shot lead after the front nine Sunday with an even par 36 and went on to finish third with a 79 for 155 total. Jeff Jennings, who had opened with a 77 on Saturday, followed it was a 79 on Sunday for a 156 total, while JayDee Denson rounded out the top five.
Robbins continued his strong play on the back nine Sunday after shooting 37 on the front and his only question was what Deal — playing in the group in front of him — was shooting.
“I talked to him on 12 and he was even and I was one over,” he said. “So, I knew at that point I was still two in front of him (overall).”
After his only bogey on the back on the par 4-13th, Robbins played one-under over the final five holes for an even-par 36 on the back.
“I was pretty happy with that,” Robbins said.
After a par on the par-4 14th, Robbins hit an 8-iron to 3-feet on the par-3 15th hole.
“I hit it stiff,” Robbins said. “I don’t know how it didn’t hit the stick when it was coming down. That gave me a little breathing room, but I still had to get past the 17th.”
Robbins finished with three straight pars to get the win, including the 188-yard par-3 17th.
“That hole has always been my nemesis,” he said. “To get two pars there in the tournament, I feel pretty good about that.”
Mike Bosse cruised to the Senior championship, after an opening round 78 gave him a nine-shot lead.
He followed it up with another 78 for a 156 total and a nine-shot victory.
Mike Emerick bounced back from an opening 88 with a 77, that included five birdies and one-under 35 on the front nine, for a 165 total. Marty Jackson shot 88 and 78 for a 156 total to take third, with Marvin Simmons rounding out the top four.
In the first flight, Rob Kiser held off Michael Simmons for a one-shot victory.
Kiser had rounds of 90 and 85 for a 175 total, while Simmons shot rounds of 93 and 83 for a 176 total.
And Robbins, who was holding the championship plaque for the sixth time.
“It is just a lot of fun playing with these guys,” he said. “It stinks that Ben (Gover) couldn’t play, but it was a good group. Any of the five guys could have won. It is pretty neat (to have sixth titles).”
Keyed by his driver.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.