Brett Larsen sank a four-foot par putt on the final hole to edge newcomer Dustin Roberson by one stroke for the men’s championship flight title at the 11th Stuart Lutton Golf Tournament at the Bear Valley Golf Course.
Larsen’s wife Kriss Larsen won her sixth women’s title.
Roberson, who was tied with Brett Larsen entering the final hole, had a five-foot par putt of his own, but missed, which opened the door for Larsen to win his second consecutive Stuart Lutton title.
“I had been putting those pretty well, so I really didn’t feel all that much pressure,” Larsen said. “I just told myself to hit it hard, get it in the back.”
Larsen finished with a four-over-par, 36-hole total of 148. Roberson had a 149.
“As soon as I touched it I knew,” Roberson said of his missed putt on the final hole. “Brett is a hell of a player. He is the best guy that we have out here and just to be able to keep it close with him makes me happy.”
Larsen hated to see it end the way it did, especially since the two were trading the top spot all day long. Both golfers held two-shot leads at various times Sunday.
“I felt bad for him instantly,” Larsen said when he saw Roberson miss his par putt. “We were both playing so good. It was competitive the whole 18 holes and for him to miss that one — he had been putting really well.”
Roberson, who moved to Kodiak in December from Juneau, is already looking forward to the Kodiak Island Golf Championship over Labor Day weekend — the biggest tournament of the golf season.
“I got to get revenge,” he said.
Roberson began the final round with a one-shot lead over Larsen and increased it to a two-shot lead after the sixth hole.
However, Larsen made that up and took a two-stroke lead after the 11th.
Roberson evened it up when he parred the 12th and 14th, while Larsen bogeyed both holes.
The two remained tied until the 18th.
“For us to both do what we did on seven and for both of us to birdie No. 8 when we are still even, that is just good stuff,” Larsen said.
Larsen’s birdie on the par-5, eighth hole was from 12 feet, which set up the dramatic
Larsen’s second shot on No. 9 found green, while Roberson missed to the left. His chip shot came up five feet short and his par putt ran several feet past the hole.
“It came down to the last hole and it was just unfortunate that his putt was just a little longer than mine,” Larsen said.
Kriss Larsen carded a 172. She shot an 82 in the rain on Saturday, which tied for the third best score of the entire men’s field.
“I’m proud of her,” her husband Brett Larsen said. “She is playing really good and has come a long way. She just keeps getting better and better.”
Kriss Larsen was the only female to enter the tournament.
Fred Barber won the men’s first flight with a 164, while Jason Bang won the men’s second flight with a 180.
Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiak
11th Stuart Lutton Golf Tournament
Men’s Championship flight
1. Brett Larsen, 148; 2. Dustin Roberson, 149; 3. Mike Haymaker, 156; 4. John Sullivan, 165; 5. Randy Ensign, 169; 6. Guy Hughey, 178.
Men’s first flight
1. Fred Barber, 164; 2. Peter Allan, 176; 3. Chuck Martin, 181; 4. Jim Kennedy, 181; T5. Sam Manivong, 182; T5. Justin Rose, 182; 7. Tom Trosvig, 186; 8. Dom Costello, 187.
Men’s second flight
1. Jason Bang, 180; 2. Mingi Yu, 183; 3. Franke Brown, 186; 4. Matt Bell, 187; 5. Kris Sockwell, 188; 6. Rolf Aarseth, 239.
Women’s championship flight
1. Kriss Larsen, 172.