On May 10 to 13 at Greenwood, South Carolina, United States of America
Vicky Hurst captures victory on her home soil at The Links at Stoney Point.
A final round 5-under par 67 propelled 11th year professional Vicky Hurst (Melbourne, Florida) to victory today at The Links at Stoney Point in the last Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic.
“This one feels very special. It’s Mother’s Day and my mom was caddying for me,” said Hurst, who carded four birdies, an eagle and a bogey today. “It was great to come out with a win with her on the bag. I played really solid all week and I was really proud of myself staying with a steady game.”
At 9-under par overall, the victory now gives Hurst eight career Symetra Tour wins, the most in Tour history. In addition, she becomes the first American to win this event in its five-year tenure.
“That sounds pretty good, I didn’t know that,” said Hurst, who captured her first Symetra Tour win at the 2008 Jalapeño Golf Classic. “Hopefully I can keep that up and continue to do that on the LPGA Tour.”
For Hurst’s mother Koko, seeing her daughter win on Mother’s Day was extra special.
“We’re looking for this moment for a long time,” said Koko. “I’m glad that she’s coming back from wrist injury and finally there’s no pain. Slowly she’s gaining confidence. She be where she belong. I just look at her as my daughter and want her to do well.”
Meanwhile, 4 among 7 Thai players made into cut. In fact, Pajaree Anannarukarn crowned the leading title in the first round. She ended up at joint ninth with four under-pars 284. She the only one among Thais who received 4 tour cards.
In the first two starts of her Symetra Tour career at the IOA Championship presented by Morongo Casino Resort & Spa and the IOA Invitational, rookie Pajaree Anannarukarn (Bangkok, Thailand) earned two top-10 finishes.
This week, she is right on her way to a third in her third start at the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic. The 18-year-old only surrendered one bogey, while carding five birdies, to shoot 4-under par 68 in the first round today at The Links at Stoney Point Golf Club.
“I give all the credit to my putting,” said Anannarukarn. “It was definitely a very tricky course on the greens. I just want to keep being patient on the green, everywhere. My putting was working very well today, so it helped me a lot.”
Following the solid performance with the flatstick and having her dad Veerapol on the bag, Anannarukarn will look to continue her consistent play tomorrow when she begins round two at 1:37 p.m. off No. 1 tee.
Until then, she will enjoy the 18-hole lead, but not stray from her gameplan.
“I’m really happy with the result, it was a great round,” Anannarukarn said. “I made mistakes in the last tournament and I’m trying to improve what I have to do. I hope to keep playing good, focusing on my game and being patient.”