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Golf Roundup : Geddes Sinks Richard With Two Birdies

July 21, 1986| From Times Wire Services

After winning the U.S. Women's Open championship in a playoff last week, Jane Geddes found the LPGA Boston Five Golf tournament to be a breeze.

Geddes birdied the final two holes for a 68 Sunday to beat rookie Deb Richard by one shot and win the $275,000 tournament at Danvers, Mass.

"I was relaxed," Geddes said after finishing with a 281 total. "I wasn't as shaky as in the Open and I felt I had a good chance to win.

"This feels great, it's a great July. Last week (at the Open), I didn't look at the scoreboard at all. Today I looked at it all day. I had a really good attitude."

Geddes beat Sally Little in an 18-hole playoff for the Open title Monday, her first victory in four years as a professional.

Richard, the 1985 NCAA runner-up from Florida, took the lead with a hole-in-one on the 150-yard 12th, but lost the advantage with a bogey on the 15th. Despite a birdie on the 72nd hole, Richard had a final-round 71 for a 282 total.

Pat Bradley, the only $2 million winner in LPGA history, finished with a 72, one stroke behind Richard and in a tie for third with Ok-Hee Ku of Korea, who had a 71, despite a triple-bogey 7 on the 14th hole. Ku eagled the 15th, but couldn't catch up.

Val Skinner and Cindy Hill struggled to 74s and finished tied for fifth at 285. Muffin Spencer-Devlin had a 70 to finish at 286.

Mark Wiebe shot a two-under-par 68 and beat Curt Byrum by one shot to win the $400,000 Hardee's tournament at Coal Valley, Ill.

The 28-year-old Wiebe, who finished the 72 holes with a 12-under-par 268 total, earned $72,000 by winning for the second time in three years on the PGA Tour.

Wiebe, who won the Anheuser-Busch Classic last year, sank a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th hole to break a tie with Byrum, who had the lead until he bogeyed the 16th hole.

Byrum, 27, in his first tour event of the season after losing his PGA qualifying card last year, finished with a final-round 71. He collected $43,200 and earned an exemption for the remainder of the 1986 season.

Pat Lindsey was third at 271 after a final-round 66, and Bill Glasson, who also shot a 66, was another shot back.

Calvin Peete (66), Morris Hatalsky (68) and first-round leader Bob Lohr (70) tied for fifth at 273.

Jim Ferree sank a birdie putt on the first hole of sudden death to beat Chi Chi Rodriguez and Gene Littler in a $250,000 Seniors tournament at Grand Rapids, Mich.

Ferree, 55, who took the lead in the 54-hole tournament with an eight-under-par 66 on Saturday, shot 70 in the final round.

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