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Fair takes second at state golf tournament

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pitch and a putt. Jacob Fair, a junior at Monett High School, hits a shot on the fourth hole at Silo Ridge Golf Course in Bolivar on Tuesday. Fair finished second in the tournament shooting a 151 (76, 75) in the two-day event. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Monett golfer Jacob Fair finished in a five-way tie for second place at the Class 3 State Golf Tournament at Silo Ridge Golf Course in Bolivar on Tuesday.

Fair recorded a four-over-par 76 on Monday and was a stroke better with a 75 on Tuesday.

"I felt like I struggled more today than on Monday," said Fair. "Today was more of a battle with the course, a lot of back and forth playing with each hole."

All smiles. Monett's Jacob Fair earned first team All-State honors for his golfing performance this season and a second place finish in the state tournament. Fair is pictured above with Monett Golf Coach Derrek Uhl. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Fair started the final round as the overall leader. He opened the second day of play with a par on the first hole and a birdie on the par-three second hole.

Fair would bogie the fifth and sixth holes and completed the turn at the ninth hole with a one-over-par 37.

"Jacob is just a natural athlete when it comes to golf," said Monett Coach Derrek Uhl. "He has a nice even keel about him, which makes his a very dangerous player. The moment is never more than he can handle."

For much of the day on Tuesday, Fair trailed in his group. The turning point began on the 12th hole. Fair hit a solid drive that found the middle of the fairway on the par five. He then twirled his driver and stuck it in his bag.

"Anytime you see Jacob twirl his club, he hit a good shot," explained Uhl.

Fair was the only golfer in his group to land his ball on the fairway and par the hole.

Over the next four holes, Fair pulled into a tie for the lead in his group.

A bogie on 17 threatened to keep Fair out of the running for first, and he knew he had to do something.

On the 18th hole, a 521 yard par five, Fair mashed his tee-shot close to 300 yards. His second shot stopped four feet from the hole, leaving Fair with a chance for an eagle.

The putt for eagle hit the lip of the cup and spun out. Fair would settle for a birdie and a 151 two-day score.

"I am not totally satisfied with today's results," said Fair. "But I am not disappointed either. I have great support from my family and friends, and we have a good group of guys coming back next season. I can't wait to play again."

Ryan Zech, from Kearney High School near Kansas City, finished in first place with a 150.

Fair also earned first team All-State honors.

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