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Farmer wins city golf championship

NATCHEZ — For the second day in a row, Jordan Farmer overcame a tough start to his round thanks to three birdies in a five-hole stretch and then he ended his final round with a rock solid finish.

All of that amounted to a score of 3-under-par 68 Sunday afternoon for a two-day total of 7-under-par 135 as Farmer claimed his second Bill McKinney Memorial City Golf Championship at the Duncan Park Golf Course

Farmer’s last birdie of the day came on the par-4 2nd hole, the 18th hole of the round. And it wasn’t easy. He hit his tee shot well left and into the trees, but he got a lucky break with a good lie. His second shot landed in the fairway short of the green, but it rolled onto the green and ended up just a few feet short of the hole. He then drained the putt for birdie that put the exclamation point on the championship.

“A rough start today, just like yesterday,” Jordan said. “Came off No. 9 and 1-over. Then I birdied 10, 11 and 14. The back side sets up so much better for my game. I hit the driver a few times.”

Jordan said he needed a little luck with the birdie on No. 2. “I hit a punch shot from under the trees,” he said

After pars on No. 1 and No. 5, the first and second holes of the round, he bogeyed No. 6 and then parred 7, 8 and 9 before his round turned around. But just like on Saturday, he ran into trouble on No. 16.

“I had a little kink on 16. I three-putted for bogey from 25 feet. But I finished strong with birdies on two of my last three holes,” Jordan said.

It was a good day for the Farmer family as Gary Farmer shot a final-round 72 to win the first flight with a two-day score of 148.

“I hit the ball pretty good today. I was trying to stay focused with all the heat out there and was keeping my hands dry,” Gary said. “It was a battle out there. I’m not really surprised (about winning the first flight). I’m really proud of Jordan. We can take championship flight and first flight.”

Casey Ham made three birdies on the back nine to finish at 2-under-par 69 for the day as he finished second in the championship flight at 3-under-par 139.

“Hit it solid. Just didn’t make any putts on the front side,” Ham said. “I got it to 3-under on the back. Birdied 15 and missed a three-and-a-half, four-footer for birdie on 16. The rest was just scrambling, trying to hang on. The course is in great shape.”

Clay Arnold, the 1985 city champion, echoed those sentiments about Duncan Park’s golf course.

“This golf course is in the best shape it’s ever been in. Congratulations to Greg Brooking and his staff,” Arnold said.

Three past city champions — defending champion Jay Lessley, Greg Brooking and Pete Powell – finished in a tie for third with two-day scores even-par 144. Brooking had a disappointing final-round score 75 while both Lessley and Powell had rounds of 72.

Charles Mardis and David Stamper finished in a tie for first place in the second flight. Mardis had a final-round 76 to finish at 155 while Stamper had an amazing round of 73 for his two-day total of 155.

Arlis Rogers won the third flight after a round of 78 gave him a two-day score of 161. First place in the fourth flight went to David Day, who shot a final-round 80 for a two-day total of 174.