For the second time in 20 years, the name Kephart will adorn the Colorado Springs City Championship trophy.
Nineteen years after his father, Gary, accomplished the feat, former Colorado at Colorado Springs golfer Alex Kephart reigned in the three-day event at Valley Hi Golf Course after an up-and-down final round. Kephart, who began the day a shot off the lead, carded seven birdies against five bogeys en route to a 2-under-par 70 to edge Steve Galko by a stroke.
Kephart finished at 6-under 210, with Galko a stroke behind after a final-round 71. Kephart led last year's City Championship entering the final 18 holes, but had to settle for second after Michael Harrington posted a 9-under 63 to earn his sixth career victory in the event.
The redemption was sweet for Kephart, who plays at Eisenhower Golf Club.
"It's a good feeling," Kephart said. "I just wanted to try and play my own game and stay calm all day. There are a lot of good players out here, so you never know what's going to happen and just have to do what you can do.
"It was kind of messy, with a lot of not-so-good bogeys, but any time you make seven birdies, that's good."
Harrington (71), Air Force associate golf coach Chris Wilson (73) and Grant Rogers (68) tied for third at 4-under 212. Second-round leader Cole Miller struggled to a 7-over 79 to finish sixth.
Kephart admitted he kept an eye on the online leaderboard during his round.
"I paid attention to the scores a little bit, but you don't want to get too wrapped up in it and just want to try and play," Kephart said. "I got caught from behind last year, so I just wanted to make sure that wasn't happening this year."
Galko was pleased with his runner-up finish.
"It was a dogfight the whole day," said Galko, who played collegiate golf at Texas Wesleyan in Fort Worth. "I got off to a rough start, but brought it back and made some good birdies on the back-nine. On 17, I blocked it in the water right and made bogey on a birdie hole.
"I hadn't been playing well this summer, so it was good to come out and put together three really good rounds."
In the other flights, Dennis Paulauski carded a 3-under 69 to win the first flight by three strokes with a 7-over 223 total, while Mark Bassett's 2-over 74 was enough to edge Bruce Hogg by two strokes and take the senior flight with a 5-under 211. Austin Northern, the son of Valley Hi head pro Mike Northern, won the second flight by nine strokes with his 14-over 240 total.