By DAVID VANTRESS
THE GOSHEN NEWS
Kyle Miller got off to a rough start in the final round of the Goshen Men’s City Golf Championship at Black Squirrel Golf Club on Sunday.
Amid conditions more suited for late October — temperatures in the low 60s, stiff winds and intermittent rain showers — Miller, the first-round leader vying for his third city title, was 3-over-par through the first three holes after taking a double bogey on the par-5 second hole.
But when you start the day with a seven-shot lead, such a slow start doesn’t mean it’s time to hit the panic button.
Miller recovered to shoot a 4-over-par 76 and win by seven-shots over runner-up and defending champion Matt Dutton.
Miller said Sunday’s round was simply a matter of battling through the conditions and adapting to them. He managed to play the final 11 holes in even par.
“It was just a matter of calming down and playing solid golf,” Miller said. “The wind was going to make bad shots worse.”
For Miller the victory was a good way to end a short summer tournament season.
“It feels pretty good to win another one,” Miller said. He also won in 2009 and 2010 and was runner-up to Fairfield graduate Brian Ulrich in 2011.
“Now, it’s back to work and play some golf when I can,” Miller said.
Dutton, a former Concord and Bethel College golfer, turned in an identical 4-over 76. Playing in Miller’s group, Dutton was the first to offer congratulations after Miller putted out on the 18th hole to seal the win.
“I’m pleased with how I played today, considering the conditions,” Dutton said.
In the other flights, Goshen High School senior Alex Hartsough shot an 83 to finish at 76-83-159 and win the first flight, and Rich Winrott closed with an 85 for a 79-85-164 to take the second flight.
The day’s only drama came from the third flight, where Mike Lapp and John Delcamp both finished the 36-hole tournament with 186s. One playoff hole was not enough to decide things; Lapp prevailed with a birdie on the second playoff hole to finish at 97-89-186.