UK junior Joseph Barr wins Men's City Golf Championship

Follows in brother Cale's spikes

cclaybourn@herald-leader.comJuly 18, 2011 

University of Kentucky junior Joseph Barr won the Lexington Men's City Golf Championship Sunday. In this 2007 file photo, Barr played in the KHSAA Boys' High School Golf Championship at the Bowling Green Golf and Country Club.

DAVID W. SMITH | BOWLING GREEN DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO

Joseph Barr joked that things will be easier for him at the family dinner table after Sunday.

The University of Kentucky rising junior shot a 72 Sunday to finish 2 under par and win the Men's City Golf Championship at Kearney Hill Links, joining his older brother, 2008 winner Cale Barr, in the record books.

"I just hope I can win it next year so maybe I can have one up on him," Joseph Barr joked. "But seriously, my brother has been very supportive. He always roots for me harder than anybody. It's an honor to be up there with him and have our family name up there."

Barr came into Sunday's final round down one stroke to clubhouse leader Hager Collins, a rising senior at Lexington Christian High School.

But Collins shot an 81 Sunday to end up six over par and out of contention.

Collins said he didn't feel any pressure Sunday but couldn't make the key shots he needed to maintain his lead.

"I didn't hit the ball bad today," he said. "Kearney's never been a course that sets up really well for me. I just didn't score very well today."

Sunday's round was halted by rain shortly after Barr, Collins and Steve Clark had finished the front nine.

Clark, who was in third place and down two strokes to Collins heading into Sunday, shot an 80 in the final round to end up seven over par.

He said the rain wasn't a factor because by that time "it was basically over."

Barr used that time to regroup and focus on closing out the tournament.

"During the rain delay, everyone was able to figure out where everyone else stood, so I knew I had a lead," Barr said. "I just kept telling myself, 'Keep hitting the green. Keep giving yourself birdie looks, and make them catch you.'"

Former winner Will Bishop nearly did just that. Trailing by four strokes heading into the final round, Bishop shot 71 — Sunday's lowest round — to finish at par for the tournament, losing by two strokes to Barr.

Bishop, the 2009 winner who is headed to UK, birdied No. 14 to get to 2 under par but bogeyed No. 17.

"Coming into today, I figured I had a chance. It's Kearney, so you never know what can happen," he said. "But when I was done (Sunday) I didn't think I had a chance to win. I figured I'd be a couple (strokes) short, and I was."

Bishop said he didn't mind being down going into the final round because it allowed him to be more aggressive.

But Barr's consistency ultimately won out.

"I put a lot of balls in the fairway, which is key for me," Barr said. "I just kept trying to get myself looks all day. It takes down the pressure when you have birdie putts on every hole instead of tough par putts."

Steve Humphrey shot 72 Sunday to finish third at one over par, and Scott Mitmesser shot 75 to finish fourth at three over par.

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