Beaming and wiping away tears at the same time, Pat Hurst walked off the 18th green Sunday in Rancho Mirage, Calif., with only her second career victory.
It was a very significant win - the Nabisco Dinah Shore, the LPGA’s first major of the year.
Following the victory, Hurst bowed to tradition, wading nervously and very briefly into the lake surrounding the 18th green at Mission Hills Country Club. She had vowed a day earlier that if she won, she would pass up the traditional champion’s plunge because she can’t swim.
With the crowd egging her on, she compromised and walked slowly into the murky water, although she barely even got her ankles wet before hopping out.
Hurst, 28, dropped a 4-foot par putt into the center of the cup on the final hole to shoot a closing 71 and finish 7-under-par, one stroke in front of Helen Dobson.
Southwestern Bell Dominion
Lee Trevino captured his first title since 1996, winning the $1 million Southwestern Bell Dominion PGA Senior Tour tournament in San Antonio by two strokes.
Trevino shot a 5-under-par 67 to finish at 11-under 205 on the par-72, 6,835-yard Dominion Country Club course.
It’s his 28th Senior Tour title overall, the best on the circuit and one more than he had won on the PGA tour.
Mike McCullough shot a 67 and finished second with a 207 total.
Tied for third at 7-under 209 were Dave Eichelberger, Jay Sigel and Dave Stockton.