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Steady Lampard finds opening to win 3rd Coors title

September 08, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Ken Lampard became a three-time winner of the Coors Light golf championship on Sunday at Black Rock Golf Course, cashing in on an opportunity by playing steady golf.

With a second-round of even-par 72, the Hagerstown golfer posted a 3-under-par 141 to secure a one-stroke win over Greg Henry, who challenged on the back nine, to win the seventh annual tournament.

Lampard, 44, shot an opening-round 69 ion Saturday and said he felt he needed to go under par on Sunday. But none of the top tier opponents challenged, except for Henry, who ended with a 2-under 70 for a 140.

“I got inspired when I saw some old friends show up to watch me,” said Lampard, the champion in 2008 and 2010.

Lampard started the day one shot behind Chuck Thatcher, who was playing steady golf until he encountered problems on the par-4 13th hole.

His drive faded right, hit trees and ended out of bounds near the tee block on No. 14. That led to a quadruple 8. Lampard took a two-shot lead, despite carding a bogey himself.

“I had to ignore what (Chuck) had and keep playing,” Lampard said.

All the while Henry, 53, who was in the group ahead of Lampard, birdied both par 5s on the back nine, the second coming on No. 16 to move within a stroke of Lampard.

“I always like to know where I stand,” Lampard said. “It helps keep my head in the game.”

Henry parred the final two holes and Lampard parred the par-3 No. 17.

With Henry in the house following a great chip that led to a par on the 18th, Lampard drove far to the left off the tee but had an open shot to the green.

His cut 8-iron approach just found the back fringe, about 25 feet from the cup, leaving him a downhill, downgrain left-to-right tester, needing two putts to win.

His first putt just squeezed past the hole and an 18-incher coming back capped off the win, his first in a tournament in what he thought was two years.

“I thought the course played harder today with some tough pin positions,” Henry said. “I hit the ball straight and have been working mostly on my short game.”

WACO champion Gary Carpenter, Denny Stoner and David Daubach all started Sunday’s round two shots behind Thatcher. Each encountered problems and faded out of contention.

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