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Former Wildcat Blakefield wins ADI Classic

Former UK golfer Mark Blakefield overcame a two-shot deficit heading into the final round and carded a 69 on Sunday, to win the NGA Hooters Tour ADI Classic at Georgetown's Cherry Blossom Golf and Country Club.

The win, Blakefield's first as a pro, was worth $33, 566.

Joey Lamielle, of Sarasota, Fla., held the lead through three rounds, but faltered down the stretch and ended the day with a four-over 76. Lamielle finished tied for fourth.

Blakefield, a Maysville native, played a solid final round of golf, going bogey-free on the back nine. His only bogey on the day was at the par four 7th hole.

On the par four 10th hole, Blakefield's second shot landed within five feet of the cup. Blakefield rolled in the birdie to go -3 on the day.

Lamielle struggled on the back nine. He had one birdie and five bogeys.

Louisville native Cory Kaufman, the third player in the final group, fired a three-over 75. Kaufman nearly eagled the par five 15th, settling for a tap-in birdie. Kaufman had a double-bogey at 17, then was charged a stroke at 18 that led to another bogey.

While addressing the ball at 18, the wind blew Kaufman's ball back into his putter blade. Kaufman immediately informed Blakefield and Lamielle and settled for a five.

Blakefield's first professional win came with family and friends watching from the gallery. "It couldn't have come at a better place," Blakefield said afterward. "It's never been about the money, it's about winning tournaments."

Blakefield travels to Cincinnati on Monday morning to play in a U.S. Open Qualifyer.

"Hopefully, this will jumpstart my career," Blakefield said.


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