By Angel Verdejo
Killeen Daily Herald
His competitors didn't need to watch anymore.
By the time Trey Herring birdied No. 17 at Stonetree Golf Club and hit his tee shot on No. 18 Sunday, the few golfers who made it over to watch had already figured the eventual outcome.
"Trey locked it up," said one golfer as the small gallery, which included Trey's father Wayne, drove off to watch someone else.
They didn't need to see anymore - Herring had already taken care of the rest.
Using two days of consistency and a stretch of three straight birdies Sunday, Herring took home top honors at the fifth annual Killeen City Championship, winning the Championship flight by four strokes.
Not only did Herring hold off a slew of former tournament champions, the 2008 championship flight winner became the event's first two-time winner.
"I was just looking for consistency really," said Herring, who just finished his college career at the University of Texas-Arlington. "Some things could have been better, but it also could have got a lot worse at the same time. I was in some spots today on the first seven, eight holes. But it was a good tournament."
Alan King (148) finished second, while Wayne Herring took third - five strokes behind his son. First-round leader Shannon Dean struggled in round two, shooting an 83 after posting a 71 on Saturday. Sean Gilliland, Stonetree's course superintendent, and Manny Bhakta both finished at 150 to round out the top five.
Trey Herring made his push at the turn, making a birdie on the 366-yard par-4 eighth hole. He followed that with another birdie on No. 9, a 554-yard par-5, before making his third on No. 10, a 347-yard par-4.
On 18, a 331-yard par-4, Herring went for the green off the tee but instead found the water to the green's left.
"I can hit it up to the front of the green, and I got a little aggressive," Herring said. "I really wanted to make a 2, especially with my dad and all them watching. But that's what happens when you get a little overconfident with golf."
Herring took his penalty before finishing and receiving congratulatory handshakes from his group.
The 33-member Men's flight was divided into two groups Sunday, and Justin Winkler went wire-to-wire in winning the Nicklaus flight.
Winkler shot a 74 on Sunday, one stroke better than his first-round score to finish with a 149, two shots ahead of second-place Lance Fox (151). Scott Morgan shot 77 in both rounds to finish third.
The remaining men played in the Palmer flight, with first-round leader Randy Fincher not only bettering his Saturday score by double digits, but holding off a field that saw many improved scores on day two.
Fincher shot a 72, 13 strokes better than he did in the first round. Terry Queen (164) and Steve Casey (164) finished second and third, respectively.
In the Seniors flight, the top three finishers all played together in the final group, but neither Bob Bargas nor Chuck Barnwell could catch Steve Peters. The champion posted a 151, with Bargas (160) finishing second and Barnwell (161) taking third.
Deborah Dover won the nine-member, combined Ladies flight, shooting an 80 on Sunday for a two-day gross score of 159.
Jee Yong Shim finished second overall, but took first place in net scoring with an-adjusted 145, six strokes better than Meoh McNally.