Former UT Arlington golfer wins Fort Worth men’s title by three shots

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Jeff Murray looked up after his tee shot at the 18th hole Sunday and noticed his wife, Katie, and 6-week-old son Charlie were there to watch him play the final hole at Pecan Valley Golf Course.

For the 25-year-old Fort Worth supply salesman and former UT Arlington golfer, it was a moment of perspective.

Murray fired a final-round 68, edging Colby Amparan and Mike Schille by three shots to win the Fort Worth Men’s City Championship.

“There’s just not a better feeling than playing golf without the ups and downs like I used to play,” he said. “Having a child just makes you realize that hitting a bad shot doesn’t mean the world has ended, you know.”

Murray outlasted the field and reigning four-time defending champion Clarke Kincaid with sound ball-striking.

Murray followed a steady first round of 71 Saturday at Meadowbrook Golf Course by hitting 11 of 14 fairways, 14 greens and making four birdies during the final round.

None of those birdies was more important than the par-4 14th hole.

Sitting 3 under for his round and coming off a three-putt bogey on 13, Murray placed his drive center cut and left himself just 75 yards to the hole location.

His sharp wedge shot hit just 8 inches away from the hole and he tapped in to offset his previous bogey.

“That was a big shot right there, because it was the point where I started to wonder where I stood after the bogey and if that was going to cost me,” he said. “But I got focused and just hit a really nice shot to bounce back.”

Murray’s win comes on the heels of a runner-up finish at the Fort Worth Mid-Am earlier this summer.

But he said he won’t be reading too much into his strong summer play.

“You know, I may play more mid-ams because I won’t have to play against young guys that don’t have jobs and play every day,” Murray said. “I have a job and a family that requires some serious hours, so really the only thing I may do is get myself a new set of irons, since I haven’t had new clubs in a really long time.”

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