Teen star Hurst wins Futures Tour event

Ogilvy made six birdies over the first 18 holes.
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BRASELTON, Ga.(AP) Teen star Vicky Hurst won her fifth Duramed Futures Tour title of the year Sunday, closing with an even-par 71 for a one-stroke victory over Scotland's Vikki Laing in the season-ending Duramed Invitational.

The 18-year-old Hurst, the tour's player and rookie of the year, had a 2-under 211 total on the Chateau Elan Golf Club course.

The victory counts as an official win, but the $21,000 winner's share is considered ``unofficial'' and doesn't count in her season total. She also was awarded $5,000 from Duramed for her season accomplishments.

``I wanted to play a great tournament and I just tried to stay focused all week,'' Hurst said. ``This was my chance to prove to myself that I've worked hard all season.''

Hurst, from Melbourne, Fla., holed a 20-foot par putt on the 16th hole to break a tie with Laing. She birdied the 17th to take a two-stroke lead, then bogeyed 18.

``When I made the putt on No. 16, I felt like I was going to win,'' Hurst said. ``After I made that putt, I felt like I was ready for the LPGA Tour. The 17th hole is probably the toughest hole we've had to play all year.''

She also won events in McAllen, Texas; Decatur, Ill.; Hammond, Ind.; and Bloomfield, Conn., and led the money list to top the tour's 2009 LPGA Tour qualifiers.

``For it to be my last Duramed Futures Tour event and see the staff members and the players for the last time, it was pretty special to get a win,'' Hurst said. ``The journey isn't over for me. I want to stay focused on the future and not look back.''

Her mother, Koko, doubles as her caddie.

``Mom and I are a great team,'' Hurst said. ``I didn't do it - we did it.''

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