AUSTIN, TX (August 9, 2009)--There was not much suspense in Sunday's final round of the Austin Men's City Championship at Jimmy Clay Golf Course. But, it was still a good show, and Collin Mayer held center stage all day on the way to a second consecutive city title.
After setting a tournament 54-hole record of 17-under 197, Mayer began the final round with an eight-shot lead over Nick Cristea at 205. Robby Ormand was another two shots back at 207.
The most common question before Sunday's final round was not whether Mayer would win, but by how much. Mayer's play Sunday was not as sharp as the first three rounds — when he rang up scores of 64, 64 and 69 — but he managed a closing 1-over par 73 to take the title with a tournament record 16-under 270.
Cristea shot a final round 1-under 71 for second place, six shots behind Mayer at 276. That was as close to Mayer as anybody had been since midway through Friday's second round. Ormand shot a closing 2-under 70 to take third place at 277. Scott Roudebush's 3-under 69 was the low round Sunday and put him in fourth place at 283.
Many onlookers conceded the title to Mayer before the first shot was hit Sunday. But Mayer, a senior at St. Edward's University, tried not to look at it that way.
"With that kind of lead, I was obviously in great position," Mayer said. "But there are some great players out here, and I did not look at it as a done deal. I tried to tell myself to just think about playing one good round of golf and not think about the lead."
That approach worked early. Mayer made par on his first three holes and then birdied Nos. 4 and 5. Another birdie on No. 7 got him to 3-under on his round, 20-under for the tournament and a 10-shot lead over Cristea.
The tournament title was in Mayer's back pocket at that point, so it did not matter much that he then played the final 11 holes 4-over.
"I don't know if I ran out of gas or lost focus or what. I just made some mistakes," Mayer said. "During the round, my goal became to finish at 20 (under par). I had it 20-under at one point, but just couldn't finish it off."
Mayer is the eighth player to win back-to-back city titles. He joins W.R. "Shorty" Long (1932-33), Buck Luce (1936-37), Tom Miller Jr. (1946-47), Ray Kizer (1962-63), Ben Crenshaw (1967-68-69), Ed Brooks (1992-93), and Brian Noonan (2006-07).
"I love Austin, and I have taken a lot of pride in kind of representing the city as city golf champion," Mayer said. "It has been a wonderful feeling this last year to know that I was the city champion. So that was my goal coming in here this week. I wanted to win again so I did not have to let that feeling go."
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