Farmer wins third-straight city championship title

Published 12:03 am Monday, August 10, 2015

NATCHEZ — The last thing that was on Jordan Farmer’s mind was the opportunity to do what only one other player has been able to do at the Bill McKinney Memorial City Golf Championship – win this tournament three years in a row.

Farmer was probably more concerned about what score it would take to overcome first-round leader Casey Ham, whose 66 had him with a two-stroke lead in the championship flight going into Sunday’s play.

Even though Farmer shot a round of 3-under-par 68 for the second consecutive day to finish at 6-under-par 136, he figured it would not be nearly enough to beat Ham, who was the final group of the day with Farmer and Bill Byrne. Instead, Ham three-putted from three feet on No. 12 and collapsed down the stretch, allowing Farmer to make history.

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Farmer joined 11-time city champion Pete Powell as the only competitors to win the men’s city championship in back-to-back-to-back years. Powell did it in 1977, 1978 and 1979.

“It’s awesome. I knew that this would be the toughest one to win. The third one is usually the toughest,” Farmer said. “I hit the ball well both days. I had a couple of mental errors both days. I figured a lower score would win it. I’m happy that I shot under par both days.”

After playing in brutal heat and humidity Sunday afternoon, Farmer said that he was happy with the win, but that he was also worn out.

“It was tough being so hot,” Farmer said. “The golf course was in good condition. I had a couple of bad breaks the last couple of holes. I missed a putt for par on the last.”

Still it was enough to hold off both Powell and Ham to complete the three-peat. Powell had a final-round score of 3-under-par 68 to finish at 4-under-par 138. Ham, meanwhile, shot 1-over-par 72 to tie Powell for second place at 138.

“The first day, I played about the same,” Powell said. “I had several three-putts. Today, I got to 4-under and then I had a bogey. I missed three birdie putts from 12 to 15 feet. But you can’t spot a player like Jordan or Casey that many shots.”

As for Ham, he was disappointed in how he played after getting to 3-under-par for the day and 7-under for the tournament heading into No. 12.

“Lost focus on 12. I made my first bogey of the tournament on 12 and proceeded to make four more bogeys on that side,” Ham said. “Jordan played good today. He deserved to win.”