Lipscomb golfer Blanton Farmer learned that patience is a virtue, especially on a golf course.
Tuesday afternoon Farmer bested six golfers in a four-hole sudden death playoff to win the Murray State Invitational at Miller Memorial Golf Club in Murray, Ky. Farmer shot back-to-back rounds of 70.
He was joined in the playoff by teammate Dustin Wilder who shot a 72 on the first day and a 68 on day two.
“It was a great win for Blanton,” Lipscomb men’s golf coach Will Brewer said. “He was patient and that is something he has been working on.
"Both Blanton and Dustin played like champions. They made a lot of good shots.”
It was first championship for Farmer, a senior, on the collegiate level.
“Blanton is very determined,” Brewer said. “He wants to do so well. Sometimes he tries too hard. He has the ability. He showed that in how well he played today.”
Both Farmer and Wilder shot par on the first playoff hole. Farmer birdied the second hole and advanced with Union’s Brett Barry to the third hole. Both Farmer and Barry shot par on that hole.
Farmer closed out the win with a par on the final hole as Barry finished one-over.
The Bisons finished second in the 14-team tournament with a two-day round of 569 for one over par. Union finished even.
Originally planned as a 54-hole tournament, inclement weather forced a reduction to 18 holes on Monday. Several golfers finished the first round Tuesday.
Rounding out the scoring for Lipscomb were Paul Klein-Kracht who tied for 17th with a 146 (74, 72), Ryan Terry in a tie for 30th with a 149 (71, 78) and Alex Cox in a tie for 47th (81. 72).
“I have seen a lot of improvement in the team in the past three weeks,” Brewer said. “We have worked really hard. They have more confidence.
“They are starting to play more to their potential. They still have room to grow, but they are getting better. They are buying into what we are doing.”
The Bisons travel to Paris, Tenn. Oct. 7-9 for the Skyhawk Invitational hosted by UT-Martin.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.