Nationwide veteran J.J. Killeen led start to
finish and won his first Nationwide Tour event,
shooting 22-under-par 262 for a four-stroke
victory at the Utah Championship.
In his fourth year on the Nation-
wide Tour, Killeen finally cashed in on
what had been a steady but perhaps
not completely fulfilling season.
In 13 tournaments, he had made
12 cuts. But with only two top- 10
finishes, he sat at No. 25 on the
A 62 on Thursday at the Willow Creek Coun-
try Club set things in motion for the 29-year-old
from San Diego, who played collegiately at TCU.
It was a course-record round and a personal-
best score, and gave him a two-stroke lead on
what would be a scorer’s weekend.
By Sunday, Killeen stood in a somewhat
familiar position. In his rookie year of 2008, he
led after the first, second and third rounds of
the Livermore Valley Wine Country Champion-
ship. But there, he let go of a four-stroke, final-
day advantage with a closing 76 and lost on the
second playoff hole to Aron Price.
This time, Killeen’s final-day, 6-under 65
was among the best rounds on the course,
starting with a first-hole birdie and ending with
two more on Nos. 16 and 17. Jeff Gove, the
co-leader to start the final day, made eagle on
No. 3 for a brief lead but nothing but pars aside
from that and finished second at 18-under 266.
The win sent Killeen from the No. 25 money
spot to No. 5, with just more than $196,000 in
winnings this year. Mathew Goggin did not play
this weekend, but remains atop the list at $336,
LEXI BREEZES IN FIRST Q-SCHOOL TEST
Florida teen Alexis Thompson was on a
mission from the start when she arrived here
last week for Stage 1 of the LPGA Qualifying
Tournament. Thompson, 16, carded rounds of
66-66-66-67 to win medalist honors by 10 shots
at 23-under 265 on the Champions Course at
LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The top-50 and ties now advance into the
second stage, set for Sept. 27-30, at Plantation
Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla.
The top 70 and ties from Stage II will ad-
vance into the final Qualifying Tournament
Stage III, Nov. 30-Dec. 4.
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WILLEY TOPS EUROPRO EVENT
Andrew Willey stormed to victory in the lat-
est event in the PGA EuroPro Tour season.
Willey, who turned 36 on Monday, finished
three shots ahead of three golfers at the end of
the World Snooker Association Golf Champion-
ship at Players Club in Bristol, England.
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HUGO GRABS SUNSHINE VICTORY
Jean Hugo played some of the best golf of
his life on the front nine on Friday to ease to a
playoff victory in the R540,000 Vodacom Origins
of Golf event at Simola Golf Estate. He carded
a final-round, 8-under-par 64 and beat Peter
Karmis on the first hole of a sudden-death
playoff in the Sunshine Tour event.
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