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Farmer wins city title in marathon playoff

NATCHEZ The rain held off Sunday for completion of the first round and, surprisingly, the entire final round of the 2014 Bill McKenney Memorial City Golf Championship at the Duncan Park Golf Course.

Even though there was thunder and lightning from a nearby thunderstorm, a sudden-death playoff that was nearly two holes completed at that time between Casey Ham and first-round leader and defending city champion Jordan Farmer resumed.

And they kept going and going and going. In fact, the two competitors ended up playing essentially half of a round of golf in the playoff before Farmer won with a par on the ninth playoff hole to win his second straight city championship.

But this win was not as easy as his previous three titles. Farmer struggled in the final round and shot even-par 71 to finish with a two-day score of 137. Ham, who started the final round three shots back, forced the playoff by firing a 3-under-par 68 for his two-day total of 137.

Unfortunately, on the same hole that Farmer made par, Ham had to settle for a disappointing bogey and second place in the championship flight.

Farmer became the first back-to-back city champion since P.Z. Brewer accomplished that feat in 2004 and 2005.

Jay Lessley shot a final-round 1-under-par 70 to come in third place at 138. Pete Powell finished in fourth place after a final-round score of even-par 71 for a two-day score of 140.

Anastasia Carter, the first female participant in this tournament, won the first flight after firing a final-round 72 to end up with a two-day score of 148.

“It was much better than (Saturday’s round). I just kind of got in a groove today,” Carter said. “I had a ton of fun. Winning the first flight made it even more fun. I met a lot of great golfers, and I met a lot of great people.”

Jeff Anderson was second as he, too, shot a final-round 72 to end up with a two-day total of 149. Russ Simonton almost caught those with a final-round score of 1-under-par 70 to finish third at 150.

Cole Bradford had the round of the day on Sunday with a 4-under-par 67 as he won the second flight with a two-day score of 148.

“It was a little better. I made some more putts today. I just couldn’t putt yesterday,” Bradford said. “It was a fun tournament. The course was in great shape even with the rain.”

Jamie Spring catapulted into second place in the second flight with a solid round of 1-under 70 to finish at 155. Spring had four birdies to go with three bogeys.

“It was a lot easier,” Spring said. “Any time you have a good rain, it makes it a whole lot easier.”

Ryan Mullins won the third flight with a two-day score of 164 and Landon White won the fourth flight with a two-day total of 179.