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Clutch performance

By PAUL EBNER
April 25, 2009 at 5 p.m.
Updated April 24, 2009 at 11:25 p.m.

Jerod Turner of Hurst hits a shot at the par-5 No. 4 Saturday during the final round of the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series DeTar/Victoria Chamber of Commerce Open golf tournament at Victoria Country Club. Turner birdied the final hole for a one-shot victory over Edward Loar of Dallas.

Victoria Open Leaderboard

Jerod Turner 76-71-63-68-278

EdwardLoar 71-71-70-67-279

Mark Walker 74-74-68-68-284

A.J. Elgert 73-71-68-73-285

Todd Rossetti 75-72-70-71-288

Connie Pierce 74-72-65-77-288

After shooting a course-tying record 63 on Friday, Jerod Turner of Hurst came out fairly relaxed on Saturday and almost made it look easy with his final approach shot.

Turner was in a shootout all day but never seemed to let the pressure get to him and then nailed his final approach to within a foot of the pin to claim a one-shot victory over Edward Loar of Dallas at the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series DeTar/Victoria Chamber of Commerce Victoria Open.

"I knew Ed was playing well and I was fortunate to hit it within a few inches on the last hole," Turner said of his final approach shot."

Turner stepped up and tapped in the short birdie putt at the par-5 18th to cap off a final round 4-under 68 to finish at 10-under 278.

Loar put the pressure on all day, but in the end it appeared to be Loar who succumbed to the pressure with bogeys at Nos. 15 and 16 that let Turner back in the door.

"You never like to falter down the stretch," Loar said. "When you're playing well it's obviously not fun when you feel like you should of won. But Ed played well and made the shot at the end."

Turner, who picked up his first win on the Adams tour, opened with a two shot lead over Loar. He reeled off six straight pars and found himself in a tie with Loar coming off the sixth green.

Loar grabbed the lead with a birdie at the par-4 No. 7, but Turner followed him and hit his approach to within 2 feet for his first birdie of the day.

The pair repeated the feat at the par-4 No. 9 and headed to the back nine sharing the lead at 8 under and slowly separating themselves from the field.

"I started off real slow and hit a good shot at 7 for birdie and again at 9 so I felt I could do something on the back because I like the back a little better than the front," Turner said.

But Turner found himself in a little trouble early on the back nine.

Loar appeared to take a big advantage at the par-4 11th with a birdie as Turner had a bogey 5 for a two-shot swing.

Loar then birdied the par-5 13th to extend the lead to three until Turner canned a long eagle putt at the 13th to put himself right back in the hunt.

Loar knocked in a 4-foot birdie putt and took a two-shot lead to the par-3 15th where he hit his tee shot short right. Loard failed to get up and down and settled with a bogey and then followed it up with a three-putt bogey at the 16th.

Even with putter problems, Turner continued to put the pressure on with three straight pars at 14, 15, and 16 to regain a share of the lead.

After both players walked away from the 17th with pars, it was game on coming down the 18th fairway.

With Loar safely in with a par, Turner hit his 70-yard approach about 10 feet past the pin and spun it back just past the hole giving him an easy tap-in birdie and the win.

"I had the putts at 14, 15, 16 and 17 that could have went in but just couldn't make them," Turner said. "It's nice to know you have a 6-incher for the win."

Connie Pierce of Oklahoma City, who started the day just one shot back of Turner, put himself out of contention early with three straight bogeys and a double bogey to fall back to even par and a fifth-place tie.

NOTES:VCC assistant pro Joe Mitchell Jr. shot a final round 3-under 69 to finish tied for seventh at 1-over 289. ...Victoria amateur Mark Bazan also shot a final round 3-under 69 and finished tied for 13th at 3-over 291. ...John Wagner of Dallas, along with Loar, shot the best round of the day at 5-under 67. ...It was the seventh year in a row and ninth in the last 10 years for the winning score to be at 10-under or better.

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