Conrad Roberts wasn't afraid to admit that he was a bit nervous when the Lawrence Amateur Golf Association City Championship was shortened to 18 holes because of Saturday's rain.
Roberts still won the men's title for the second consecutive year, shooting a 4-under 68 to finish with a seven-stroke lead over 2004 champ Adam Stanley on Sunday at Alvamar Golf Course.
"I'm pretty consistent over 36, so today it was just a crap shoot," Roberts said. "Anyone could have gone out and had a great round today, so I just went out trying to shoot a decent number and see what happens. But 18 holes doesn't work in my advantage, but as it turned out I played well enough to keep the trophy."
What made the day most enjoyable for Roberts, though, was having his wife, Bethany, and their 11-month-old daughter, Teagan, out on the course watching him while he got to spend all day golfing with his friend Chad Roesler.
"It really brings the game into reality because if you make a bogey, you're mad at yourself, and you look over at your little girl, and you just smile," said Roberts, who was warned by his wife of eight years that he could end up sleeping on the couch for having to ask how long they had been married. "It's fun seeing her out there, and it's just a lot of fun for me."
Roesler, who partnered with Roberts to win the Kansas Golf Association's Four-Ball Championship last month at Alvamar, finished fifth with a round of 77.
"Poor Chad threw up a couple of hockey sticks today," Roberts said. "He didn't play his best, but it was fun having him out there."
The other members of the foursome also had top-10 finishes. Van Reichert shot a 75 to place third, and Jim Cummins came in seventh with a score of 78.
"Van played well, and Conrad played well, and Jimmy and I didn't - but that's OK," Roesler said. "You wake up tomorrow and go to work, and there you go."
Roesler and Roberts plan to team back up for the Kansas Mid-Amateur Championship in early October. But before that, Roberts will compete in the Kansas Amateur beginning July 17 in Topeka.
Roberts wasn't the only defending champion to repeat. Jim Hagan won the Super Senior division for the second straight year with a score of 75 to defeat second-place finisher Tom Taylor by four shots.
In the Senior's division, Scott Chesbro shot a 79 and claimed the championship with a three-stroke advantage over Galen Smith.
Sidney Garrett won the Women's division by three strokes with her round of 84 after having been tied with second-place finisher Bobette Puderbaugh at the turn.
"Bobette and I played really well on the front nine because the conditions were a little bit better," Garrett said. "She played really well today. I play with her a lot, and we're good friends. I didn't really pull ahead of her much until No. 17. So it was a good match."
¢ It's in the hole: It's one of the most exciting years for Alan Garcia. He's celebrating his 30th wedding anniversary, his daughter getting married and turning 50.
But on Sunday he missed seeing his most memorable moment on the golf course: a hole-in-one on the 161-yard fourth hole.
"I hit it right at the flag, and all I cared about was that it was safe," said Garcia, who was grouped with Zak Kolich, Phil Renick and Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan. "So after I saw it was going to be safe, I just reached down and grabbed my tee. And these guys are yelling it's a hole-in-one and I'm like, 'What?' ... So I didn't see it. I did not see it at all - which is worse. I think the golf gods played another trick on me."
Garcia, who used a six-iron on the hole, said Sunday's round of 18 was only his fourth time out on the course this year.
Garcia went on to shoot a 94 to place fourth in the Men's third Flight, while Keegan won the flight with a 92. Kolich also shot a 92 but was awarded second place after a tiebreaker.
¢ Mess maintained: With the weekend's rainfall canceling the first round of the tournament at Eagle Bend Golf Course on Saturday, all the golfers were grateful for the work done by Alvamar superintendent Kent Morgison and his staff.
"Kent did a wonderful job getting the course prepared as best as he could with these conditions," Roberts said. "The greens were fantastic today. They were quick,believe it or not. As much rain as what we had, they were actually quick."
Because of the conditions, players were allowed to lift, clean and place in the fairways.
"You at least got rewarded for hitting it in the fairway," Roesler said. "But it was very, very wet. The rough around the greens hadn't been mowed. They just haven't had a chance to get to it, and it was very long, and there was a severe penalty today for missing greens."