WALLA WALLA - It took two extra swings at the Walla Walla Country Club Sunday during the final round of the All-City Golf Championship for Rob Broadhead to claim his third All-City crown.
Broadhead, who won back-to-back championships in 2007 and 2008, knocked in a 50-yard wedge for an eagle on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to defeat Jeff Neher and win the 2010 championship.
Broadhead and Neher finished the regulation 36-hole tournament dead even at 142, one stroke under par. The country club course played at par-71 Sunday, with the short par-5 10th hole readjusted to par-4.
Broadhead and Neher began the day three shots behind the first-day leader, Bill Herron, who carved out a 3-under-par 69 Saturday at Veterans Memorial Golf Course. But Herron ballooned to 78 on Sunday and drifted back to fourth place, five shots off the pace and tied with defending champion Drew Reinland.
Greg Prins finished all alone in third place, one stroke back at 143 after shooting a 1-over 72 on Sunday.
The country club course took its toll on the field as Broadhead and Neher were the only two players to break par Sunday, as both fired a 1-under 70 on the day to force the playoff.
Sudden death commenced on the par-4, 414-yard No. 1 hole, and Broadhead launched his tee shot 360-plus yards down the middle of the fairway. Neher's drive went just off the fairway to the left of the green. His second shot found the bunker to the right of the green.
Broadhead then hit his second shot dead on the pin. The ball hit the pin and rattled into the cup - game, set, match.
"I was struggling with that shot the whole day," Broadhead said. "I was surprised I made good contact. I told myself to be confident and just swing at it. It was about 50 yards, and I saw that Jeff was in the bunker. I wanted to put it on close and make a putt.
"I hit my 58-degree long wedge," Broadhead continued. "It went in and that was even better (than getting close)."
"He hit a great shot," Neher said. "It just happens. You hit a good shot and it goes in. There's nothing you can do. Shake his hand and say ‘good job.' I'm proud of him. He did an awesome job."
With birdies on one and eight, Broadhead made the turn at 2-under 34.
Neher was even at the turn, and the rest of the field was over par.
Broadhead birdied 10, bogeyed 14, but got the stroke back as another 300-plus-yard drive set up an 8-foot birdie putt that kept him 2-up on Neher.
Broadhead hit a monster tee shot on 16, only to hit a chip into the bank in front of the 16th green and settle for a bogey.
On 17, Broadhead missed a 12-inch putt for par while Neher scrambled to sink a 7-footer to save par.
Neher got birdies on 11 and 14 to overcome a bogey at 12, and then parred out to finish at 70.
Broadhead recovered from 17 to tap in for par at 18 and force the playoff.
"On 16, I kind of flubbed it," Broadhead said. "I missed a short putt on 17. I didn't feel comfortable over it and should have backed off, but I just hit it.
"I'm not the one to get mad anymore," Broadhead said of his recovery at 18. "It pays off to just shake it off and say ‘next hole, next shot.'
"I hit the driver the best I've hit it in a long time," he continued. "I was really excited about that because once I hit my driver good, my game starts to come together."
Neher hit his third shot on 18 to the back edge of the green, but rolled his putt for a birdie and, for what could have been the win, just right of the hole.
"I played pretty solid," Neher said. "Made a really good chip-in on 16 for par after taking a drop. Made a good up-and-down on 17 and parred 18."
First-day leader Herron never got it going after his 69 at Veterans Memorial on Saturday, and finished at 78 for the day and 147, 4-over for the tournament.
"I made a lot of putts and hit shots when I needed to hit shots," Herron said of his Saturday round. "That was yesterday, and today was a little different.
"Just a flaw in the golf swing, as it never felt right," Herron said of Sunday's round. "The swing just wasn't there."
In women's play, Dona Dunovant held off Sue Chestnut to defend her women's overall title.
Dunovant finished with a gross of 155 and a net of 147.
Chestnut shot a 75 on the day, and Dunovant settled for an 82, but it wasn't enough to overcome Dunovant's nine-shot lead going into Sunday.
Chestnut finished at 155, and earned first gross honors with a 157 finish. Bernice Brewer fashioned a two-day net of 140 to claim the first net prize.
David Garcia's 157 took top gross honors in the first flight. Ryan Lemm and Bart Harvey shared low net honors at 141. Donald Bush fired a 78 to take medalist honors for Sunday in the first flight.
Richard Backlund followed Friday's 83 with an 87 to take gross honors in flight 2 with a two-day total of 170.
Onie Bloomberg's net of 137 earned the low net of flight 2.
The All-City distributed $8,500 in prizes to the four flights.
Rob Broadhead 72-70-142
Jeff Neher 72-70-142
Greg Prins 71-72-143
Bill Herron 69-78-147
Drew Reinland 70-77-147
Barry Wofford 73-76-149
Devin Kaylor 75-74-149
Sean Taylor 72-78-150
Gregg Corn 76-74-150
Chris Long 74-76-150
Bill Fleenor 75-75-150
Greg Frandsen 76-74-150
Shane Smith 75-79-154
Ryan Goude 78-77-155
Eric Kimball 75-80-155
Richard Taylor 74-81-155
Jeff Reinland 74-82-156
Ed Barragar 76-80-156
Tom Baffney 82-74-156
Dan Kaylor 79-80-159
Ronnie Smith 82-78-160
Jim Michelson 79-87-166
Skip Molitor 81-86-167
Jacob Barnhardt 79-95-174
Howard Crosby 74-W/D
Vince Jimenez 74-W/D
Women's Championship - Overall Champion: Dona Dunovant, 155 gross, 147 net. Low Gross: 1, Sue Chestnut, 157; 2, Joan E. Schille, 160; 3, Tracey Eytchison, 180. Low Net: 1, Bernice Brewer, 140; 2, Kathy Mauer, 145; 3, Judy Johnson, 146, 4, Shirley Fowler, 153.
Flight I - Low Gross: 1, Dave Garcia, 157; 2, Bill Morris, 159; 3, David Hickey, 162; 4, Larry Mauer, 164. Low Net: 1, Ryan Lemm, 141: 1, Bar
t Harvey, 141; 3, John Klitzke, 143; 4, Joe Bowles, 144; 5, Chris Waggoner, 145; 5, Jim Sanders, 145.
Flight 2 - Low Gross: 1, Richard Backlund, 170; 2, Jim Beard, 172; 3, Mike Clark, 173. Low Net: 1, Onie Bloomberg, 137; 2, Ron Miller, 143; 3, John McKern 145; 4, Jack Shaw, 146; 5, Robert Fulgham, 148; 6, Chet Smith, 149.