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Golf - 11. August 2008.

Mindy Kim Earns Third Win Of The Season In Kentucky


LONDON, Ky., Aug. 10, 2008 -

Kim earned $14,000 for the win and finished with a three-day total of 206 (-10). Four-time Tour winner Vicky Hurst (68) of Melbourne, Fla., came in one stroke behind at 9-under-par 207. Stacy Lewis (70) of The Woodlands, Texas, concluded her first event with the Duramed FUTURES Tour in third at 8-under-par 208 (-8).

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Hurst maintained her lead on the season money list, pushing her earnings up to $73,571 through 10 events. Kim closed the gap between Hurst and retained her hold on second place on the season money list, increasing her earnings to $66,800 in 14 events.


A three-way tie for the lead developed at 8-under par after Kim and Lewis made bogey on the par-3, 15th hole. Hurst dropped to 8-under par on the 17th hole after making birdie on No. 16.


Hurst put the pressure on Kim and Lewis as her second shot from 220 yards out in the fairway on the par-5, 18th hole set up for a 15-foot eagle opportunity. Her eagle putt missed left, but she made the go-ahead birdie putt from three feet.


Kim answered from 225 yards away with her 3-wood as Lewis found the rough and calmly made her eagle putt as the crowd in the grandstands erupted.


"This win feels really sweet," said the 19-year-old Kim. "I feel very fortunate to be a winner on the Duramed FUTURES Tour, but it was a really exciting finish for the fans because all the putts mattered down the stretch."


Kim headed into final-round play with a one-stroke lead over Lewis. She chipped in for birdie from 20 yards on a downhill slope on her third hole after beginning her round with a one-putt bogey.


The second-year Tour pro recorded back-to-back victories in wire-to-wire fashion at the Aurora Health Care Championship in Lake Geneva, Wis., and the Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City Championship in Leawood, Kan.


The final-round nerves that filled Kim's stomach earlier in the season and caused her to play defensively were nowhere to be found on Sunday.


"I think I really learned a lot from past experience," Kim said. "I tried not to think about the lead today and just wanted to take it one shot at a time."


Hurst three-putted her first hole for bogey, but was in contention throughout the day, momentarily taking the lead after a birdie on No. 16. She followed with a bogey on her next hole to drop into the three-way tie before posting a birdie on the final hole.


"I really think I played well, but I left too many shots out there," Hurst said. "It was really exciting down the stretch, but I really wanted that eagle at the end."


Back-to-back bogeys on No. 15 and 16 hurt Lewis down the stretch after she finished Saturday's second round with a Crooked Creek Golf Community course-record 8-under-par 64.


"Overall, it was a really good tournament," said Lewis, who finished third at the U.S. Women's Open Championship this year. "The crowd was great and I put myself in position, but I didn't close it out."


The Tour makes its next stop in Richmond, Va., for the $100,000 inaugural Greater Richmond Duramed FUTURES Classic, set for Aug. 15-17.

For complete scores and more information,

visit www.duramedfuturestour.com.

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