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Clarke Kincaid wins Fort Worth City Championship for 4th consecutive year

Clarke Kincaid has built with the tools he pulls from his golf bag one of the most decorated amateur careers the city of Fort Worth has ever witnessed.

In this town, that's like saying you left with money after a week in Hell's Half Acre.

Kincaid blistered the field with five birdies on his back nine to close with a final-round 5-under-par 65 on the Pecan Valley River Course to nail down his fourth consecutive Fort Worth Men's City Championship and fifth overall.

Kincaid, who recorded a three-round 207 total, turned a one-stroke deficit entering the day into a seven-stroke victory over Nick Burkhardt, who shot a 3-over 73.

"I felt really confident today," said Kincaid, a 26-year-old Trophy Club resident who won his first title here in 2005. "I just feel really comfortable on the courses [in Fort Worth]."

Kincaid, who opened with a bogey on No. 1 but regained the stroke with a birdie on the par-3 No. 3, and Burkhardt were tied after nine.

The eventual champion recorded birdies on Nos. 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18.

Kincaid punctuated his victory by smacking a low 3-wood pin high from 250 yards out, just off the green on the par-5 No. 18, after landing his drive in the tree line.

He chipped up within a couple of feet and tapped in for birdie.

Rounding out the top five of the championship flight were Mike Schille, who finished at 216 after a final-round 70; Matt Tucker, a member of the group of Kincaid and Burkhardt who shot 73, and Lelan Chiles, who rebounded from a 78 Sunday at Meadowbrook with a 71 and 219 total.

Kincaid's next amateur stop will be the Galloway National Golf Club in New Jersey, where he will be one of four Texans representing the state in the USGA Men's State Team Championship.

He earned a spot on the team through a Texas Golf Association points system.

"It was a good experience playing with him," said Burkhardt, who stumbled with three bogeys and on a 2 over back side. "It was fun to watch. He's won five times. This is my first time to play and I really enjoyed it."

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