The path to the Echo Hills club championship goes through the “Big Three”.
And more often than not, it goes through Brian Robbins.
And this weekend was no exception as Robbins won what is thought to be a record eighth club championship with rounds of 70 and 68 for a six-under par 138 total.
And it was no surprise he was playing with Brian Deal and Ben Gover in the final group Sunday.
The last time one of those three didn’t win a the club championship was 2006, when Matt Stump won.
“I like to win,” Robbins said with a smile afterwards said. “Those guys are my buddies. I always enjoy playing with Brian (Deal) and Ben (Gover) is a lot of fun.”
And in most years, Deal’s score would have been good enough to win.
He followed a two-under par 70, with an even-par 72 Sunday, but it left him four shots behind Robbins.
Gover finished third after rounds of 73 and 81 for a 154 total.
But, Robbins was nearly flawless for 36 holes.
“My first bogey today was on 17,” Robbins said. “I only had four bogeys for the weekend. The biggest thing coming in is I was trying to eliminate big numbers, like double bogeys. The best thing about it is I had to play well to win. Brian (Deal) really played well.”
Both Robbins and Deal were tied at two-under after the opening round.
Robbins opened the tournament by birdieing the first two holes Saturday, but had bogeys on five and eight for a 36.
Deal shot a 34 on the front Saturday, with birdies on one and nine.
He followed that with an even par 36 on the back, bogeying 14 and birdieing 18.
Robbins birdied 12, 15 and 18 to offset a bogey on 14 to leave them tied.
Robbins then took a three-shot lead on the front nine Sunday, birdieing three, five and eight for a 33.
Deal also birdied five, but bogeyed three and eight, before birdieing nine for a 36.
“Two of the holes I birdied on the front, Brian (Deal) bogeyed,” Robbins said. “So, that was a big deal (two two-shot swings).”
Deal got within two with a birdie on 13, but a doubled on 14, while Robbins birdied to take the lead back to five.
“The driver was solid all weekend,” Robbins said. “And I had some big par saves today. I had a five-footer coming back on five and a six-footer on seven. And I had a 12-foot par putt on 12 and rolled it in.”
Ray Stuchell finished fourth with a 156 total and Jeff Jennings was another stroke back to take fifth.
Keshia Thompson won the women’s flight, shooting a pair of 89s for a 178 total.
Marv Simmons unseated defending champion Mike Emerick in the Seniors.
Simmons had rounds of 70 and 75 for a 145 total.
Emerick finished eight strokes back after rounds of 77 and 76 for a 153 total, while Marty Jackson took third with rounds of 80 and 79 for a 159 total.
Creg Rietz defended his first flight title, shooting rounds of 83 and 90 for a 173 total and a two-shot victory over Brian Jackson.
Jackson had rounds of 87 and 88 to take second, while Rob Kiser shot rounds of 93 and 85 for a 178 total to finish third.
Brian Robbins 70-68—138
Brian Deal 70-72—142
Ben Gover 73-81—154
Ray Stuchell 79-77—156
Jeff Jennings 77-80—157
Mike Bosse 88-79—167
JayDee Denson 93-WD
Keshia Thompson 89-89—178
Marv Simmons 70-75—145
Mike Emerick 77-76—153
Marty Jackson 80-79—159
Lloyd Shoemaker 88-81—169
Creg Rietz 83-90—173
Brian Jackson 87-88—175
Rob Kiser 93-85—178
Doug Jennings 99-89—188
Jeremy Davis 97-96—193