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Patrick Hibbs wins Men’s City Golf title | Kentucky Wesleyan

By Jim Pickens, Messenger-Inquirer
 Patrick Hibbs passed every test, including a torrid late charge from three-time champion Tom Campbell, to win the 2012 Men’s City Golf Championship on Sunday at the Summit.

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Kentucky Wesleyan golfer Patrick Hibbs, right, is congratulated after winning the Men's City Golf Championship Sunday by three-time winner Tom Campbell at the Summitt Golf Club. Hibbs shot a 208 for tournament, carding a 7-under for the three day event. He shot a 71 on Sunday. Campbell finished second with 209. Photo by Jenny Sevcik, Messenger-Inquirer.

A Madisonville native who will be a junior on Kentucky Wesleyan College’s golf team this fall, the 19-year-old Hibbs never wavered in winning the title in his very first attempt.

Hibbs, wearing a KWC purple golf shirt, shot a 1-under par 71 to finish the 54-hole tournament at 7-under 208.
“I just kept the ball in play and didn’t do anything stupid,” said Hibbs, who drained a testy 5-foot par putt on No. 18 to seal it. “I wasn’t really worried coming into the final round. I just wanted to play as well as I could to give myself a shot at the end.
“I don’t think there was really one pivotal moment, it just all kind of fell into place as the round progressed — my putter really saved me today.”
Campbell didn’t make it easy on Hibbs down the stretch, sinking a birdie on No. 17 to give himself a shot.
“I joked with Patrick, that if he wanted to get in the club,” Campbell said, referring to the Men’s City championship club.

“But the? thing is, Patrick played fantastic. I was trying to put some heat on him late, but he stayed steady and did exactly what he needed to do at the end to win.

“Patrick earned this championship. He’s a bulldog.”
Campbell shot an even-par 72 on Sunday, including a 34 on the back nine, and was at 6-under par 209 for the tournament.
Larry Maxwell, the leader after the first two rounds of play at Owensboro Country Club and Ben Hawes Golf Course, led by a stroke at the turn on Sunday, but he hit his drive out of bounds on No. 13, making double bogey, and never recovered.
“It was a dumb decision on my part to hit a driver on 13 — I haven’t hit a driver off the tee there in 10 years,” Maxwell lamented. “After that, I had to play catch-up and that’s always tough.
“I don’t like the back nine (at the Summit). A lot of the tee shots don’t set up very well for me here.”
Following a front-nine 36, Maxwell skidded to a 41 on the back side for a final-round 77 — leaving him in third place at 211.
Rounding out the championship flight were Jason Cox (217), Adam Switzer (217), Tom Vessels (218), Andy Prusz (222) and Michael Howard (228).
Other flight winners included Brent Porter (first, 216), Lucas Ross (second, 223), David Gilles (third, 224), Charley Broughton (fourth, 226), Jon Hidenrite (fifth, 237) and Michael Logan (sixth, 245).
The low junior was Dylan Vaught (219) and the low senior was Steve Jones (232).
* Hibbs became the second teenager this year to win a city title in Owensboro. Thirteen-year-old Ke’Asha Phillips, who plays for Owensboro High School, won the Women’s City Tournament last month.?

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