Blair wins Utah Senior Open by 5 strokes

Aug 1 2013 - 11:24pm

WEST WENDOVER, Nev. -- Jimmy Blair started the day tied with two others for the lead.

Several hours later, the Ogden golf legend stood alone as the champion of the 2013 Vaughn Baker Utah Senior Open.

Unlike Wednesday, when he started his round on hole No. 10 at Toana Vista Golf Course, Blair began Thursday's round on hole No. 1 at 3-under par. He wasted little time in lowering his overall score with a birdie on the par-3 second hole, but soon after gave a stroke back by bogeying the par-4 fourth.

Two holes later, he made the move that would permanently separate him from the pack with an eagle on the par-5 sixth hole, putting him at five under.

From there on, Blair remained steady, rattling off nine straight pars before bogeying the par-3 16th hole -- the only blemish on his scorecard on the back nine.

The solid performance gave him a score of one under for the day and four under for the two-day tournament. His overall score of 140 was five strokes better than the next closest competitor, Roy Christensen, who played in the same group and started the day tied with Blair for the lead along with Brett Sampson.

Blair was the only player in the field of 98 to record below-par scores on both days.

Christensen carded five bogeys and one birdie to finish at four over for the day and one over for the tournament.

Sampson played solid after a shaky start Thursday, but couldn't overcome early blunders that led to back-to-back double bogeys on the second and third holes. He finished in a four-way tie for third place at two over par for the tournament.

Among other locals, Davis Park professional Brad Stone struggled early, shooting six over on the front nine before rebounding with a one-over performance on the back to finish with a 79 on the day and a 19th-place tie overall.

Brett Schneiter also shot 79 on Thursday and finished in a seven-way tie for 21st place. Ernie Schneiter improved on his Wednesday score of 86 by shooting 81, which put him in 56th place along with four others.

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