By Rob Kiser
Piqua Daily Call
PIQUA — Austin Hadden was a picture of consistency throughout the Miami County Golf Championship Saturday and Sunday at Miami Shore and Echo Hills Golf Courses respectively.
And he had a little extra advantage Sunday in the final round at Echo Hills.
Hadden followed a one-over 73 at Miami Shores Saturday with an even-par 72 at Echo Hills Sunday to post a four-shot victory over Ryan Groff and Matt Mauer, who tied for second.
And he did it with his father Jason (Hadden) on his bag.
“My dad (Jason Hadden) caddied for me today,” Hadden said. “He really helped me a lot. He helped keep me calm out there.”
Hadden finished the tournament with four pars, 27 birdies and five bogeys, making very few mistakes.
“Today (Sunday), I just kept finding ways to make pars,” Hadden said. “I played really well. I was able to hit a lot of greens.”
Groff had started Sunday with a three-shot lead over Hadden and Maurer.
But, by the time the trip made the turn Sunday, Hadden had a one-shot lead over Maurer and a two-shot lead over Groff after a one-under par 35 on the front nine.
Maurer and Hadden battled for much of the back nine, before a double-bogey on the par-4 16th proved costly for Maurer.
“We were still tied going to 16,” Hadden said. “That (the two-shot lead) just made me more comfortable playing conservatively on 17 and 18.”
Hadden was able to finish with two pars and secure the title in his debut in the County tournament. The Tipp City native recently graduated from Ohio University.
“I graduated from Ohio University two years ago,” Hadden said. “I didn’t play golf in college. I probably should have and wished I had. I just started taking it seriously again this summer. I am glad I decided to play in the tournament.”
Groff finished with a 79 Sunday for a 149 total, while Maurer had rounds of 73 and 76.
Ben Gover bounced back from an 81 Saturday to shoot the low round of the day Sunday.
He was 4-under par through 15 holes and finished with a two-under par 70 for a 151 total.
Brian Robbins finished fifth with rounds of 78 and 75 for a 153 total.
Andrew Lindeman followed a 76 at Miami Shores Saturday with an 80 at Echo Hills Sunday for a 156 total for a four-shot victory ovr Ty Nimer, who had rounds of 75 and 85 for a 160 total.
Jim Howard had rounds of 80 and 82 for a 162 total to finish third, while Jeff Jennings had rounds of 80 and 83 for a 163 total to finish fourth.
Dave Westfall and Jeff Bacon tied for fifth with 166.
Westfall had rounds of 81 and 85, while Bacon had matching rounds of 83.
Jeff Poettinger rallied for a five-shot victory with rounds of 73 and 74 for a 147 total.
First-round leader Rick Szabo opened with a two-under par 70 at Miami Shores before carding an 82 at Echo Hills for a 152 total.
Bryan Smith finished third, shooting rounds of 77 and 78 for a 155 total.
SUPER DUPER SENIORS
Jack Holtel had rounds of 80 and 75 for a 155 total and a four-shot victory over Gary Weaver.
Weaver had rounds of 76 and 83 for a 159 total.
Roger Luring had rounds of 78 and 83 for a 161 total to finish third.
MIAMI COUNTY GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP SCORES
SATURDAY AT MIAMI SHORES
SUNDAY AT ECHO HILLS
Austin Hadden 73-72—145
Ryan Groff 70-79—149
Matt Maurer 73-76—149
Ben Gover 81-70—151
Brian Robbins 78-75—153
Brian Deal 80-74—154
Alex Garman 85-77—162
Doug Harter 80-82—162
Ray Stuchell 80-84—164
Jason Thompson 84-81—165
Dan Sutherly 85-91—176
Andrew Lindeman 76-80—156
Ty Nimer 75-85—160
Jim Howard 80-82—162
Jeff Jennings 80-83—163
Dave Westfall 81-85—166
Jeff Bacon 83-83—166
John Mutschler 83-85—168
Jim Rohr 90-81—171
Creg Rietz 84-91—175
Rob Kiser 86-95—181
Jeff Poettinger 73-74—147
Rick Szabo 70-82-152
Bryan Smith 77-78—155
Jim Sass 80-79—159
Dave Barnhart 79-NC
Super Duper Seniors
Jack Holtel 80-75—155
Gary Weaver 76-83—159
Roger Luring 78-83—161
Marty Jackson 85-79—164
Lloyd Shoemaker 91-85—176