“It feels awesome,” said Hurst of Melbourne, Fla., who carded rounds of 73-74-71 for a two-over-par total of 218 last week at the Bright House Networks Open in Lakeland, Fla. “I want to see how well I can play with these girls in this new level of competition.”
Hurst got her first hint last November when she won the Duramed FUTURES Tour’s Qualifying Tournament against a field of nearly 300 players. It is an annual event that is so large that it must be staged over three golf courses and regularly attracts both professional and amateur players from around the world. By the end of 72 holes, Hurst won on the 18th hole against Michigan State University senior Sara Brown.
Top-ranked nationally as the 2007 Rolex AJGA Player of the Year, Hurst was a teen star among her peers. Winning the Duramed FUTURES Tour’s Q-School, where such players as Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Brittany Lang and Yani Tseng have passed through in recent years, Hurst was a capable teen against collegiate and professional players with far more competitive experience.