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Fair wins amateur championship

Monday, July 11, 2011

Championship form. Jacob Fair won the 2011 Missouri Junior Amateur Golf Championship at Silo Ridge Golf and Country Club in Bolivar. Fair, entering his senior year at Monett, is currently ranked in the top 200 golfers on the Junior PGA circuit.
Monett's Jacob Fair won the 2011 Missouri Junior Amateur Championship at Silo Ridge Golf and Country Club in Bolivar.

The tournament field featured 138 participants and consisted of two days of stroke play with 18 holes played each day on the par-72 course.

Finishing second at two tournaments previously held at Silo Ridge this past season, including the state championship, Fair knew that the third time had to be the charm.

"I told myself that the third had to be my time," said Fair. "I just tried to play good golf."

Fair battled Donald Stimble, from Shell Knob, for the championship. Stimble was three-under-par through eight holes and then double-bogied the ninth. Fair ended the ninth hole at two-under par.

At the end of the round, Fair and Stimble were tied at one-under and headed to a playoff on hole 10, a par four. Both hit great drives. Stimble went on to three putt the hole and Fair took a birdie, giving him the championship title.

"Focus is one of the greatest strengths that I possess," said Fair. "I try not to think about the next hole, but focus on the shot. I try to stay in the moment and be consistent. To be a great golfer you have to have mental toughness and put yourself in position to win."

Fair has enjoyed a busy summer. He took second in the Men's Amateur Golf Tournament in Moline, Ill., played in tournaments in Huntsville, Ala., and has plans to compete in four more amateur events this summer.

"Playing is the only way I know to get better," said Fair. "I am fortunate that I get to play in so many great events. I really enjoy the game."

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