Hebert comeback falls short

ROCHESTER – A big comeback in Wednesday’s final round just fell short for Escanaba native Scott Hebert, who posted a 6-under-par 66 to lose the 93rd Michigan PGA Professional Championship by one stroke to Brian Cairns.

Hebert, the head pro at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa near Traverse City, not only was the event’s defending champion, but he had won six of past eight titles.

Hebert posted nine birdies in his first 14 holes Wednesday, totaling just 23 putts for his entire 18-hole round.

But he had to wait for Cairns, who put together his own streak at the end, a 69 that included birdies on four of the last five holes. He capped it off with a 12-foot birdie putt at the 18th to clinch the winner’s check of $6,000 at the Katke course at Oakland University in Rochester.

Cairns, a pro at the nearby Fox Hills Golf & Banquet in Plymouth, came from six shots back Wednesday for his third win in the event.

Matt Pesta of Chesterfield, co-leader entering Wednesday, moved to 8-under after 12 holes before a pair of double-bogeys did him in, while Brent Goulding of Highland was 9-under at the same point before finishing with five bogeys.