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Former Lexington Christian golfer Blanton Farmer wins City Championship

Blanton Farmer completes his swing while teeing off on the 1st hole during the Lexington City Golf Championship at Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, July 14, 2013. Photo by Matt Goins
Blanton Farmer completes his swing while teeing off on the 1st hole during the Lexington City Golf Championship at Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, July 14, 2013. Photo by Matt Goins Herald-Leader

Lexington native Blanton Farmer put together one of the more impressive runs you're likely to see to capture this year's City Golf Championship.

Shooting a 66, 67 and 65 in the first three days, respectively, the 22-year-old former Lexington Christian and Lipscomb University golfer cruised on the tournament's final day Sunday with a score of 74 at Kearney Hills Golf Links to win the event by eight strokes.

His last day wasn't flawless, but he didn't need it to be after building a 9-stroke lead going into Sunday.

Farmer's mindset didn't change heading in to the final day, even with the big lead. "I try to hit fairways, greens, make putts," Farmer said. "Basic golf — try to play smart."

Farmer was paired with fellow Lexington natives Will Bishop, a two-time city champion, and Matt Epperson for the final round. None played their best Sunday, but they did well enough to finish first, second (Bishop) and third (Epperson).

The group teed off at 11:30 a.m. under a hot summer sun, followed by a small group of family and friends.

After the ninth hole break, more people joined the lead group as the crowd recognized the three were the only ones in contention.

Farmer's lead was too much for Bishop or Epperson to overcome.

Epperson, 29, who played at Tates Creek and Morehead State, said playing against Farmer this week was like playing against a video game.

"It was like playing against Tiger back in 2000," Epperson said. "Everyone's just playing for second.

"He just made every play he looked at. He played awesome."

Farmer confidently smiled after he sunk his last putt on the 18th for a four-day score of 272 and received congratulations from the crowd of spectators and competitors gathered on top of the ledge outside of the final hole.

Farmer said he wants to turn professional this fall and winning the City Championship is a big confidence boost.

Bishop, 20, a Paul Dunbar grad entering his junior year at the University Kentucky, won the City Championship last year and in 2009. He said the City Championship provides him the opportunity to stay "fiery and competitive" during the summer.

Though hoping for back-to-back titles, he said he was fine with his second place finish and four-day score of 280 over Lexington's four public golf courses, Tates Creek, Lakeside, Gay Brewer Jr. and Kearney Hill.

Bishop shot a round high of 65 Friday at Lakeside to cut Farmer's advantage to two strokes, but he wasn't able to keep that momentum, shooting 73 Saturday at Gay Brewer Jr. and 72 Sunday.

Epperson, who works at Lakeside, shot 282 for third place.

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