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Turner earns first Nationwide Tour win



San Jacinto, CA (Sports Network) - Jerod Turner, who almost gave up the game earlier this summer, closed with a two-under 69 Sunday to earn his first Nationwide Tour victory at the inaugural Soboba Classic.

Turner completed his first win at 15-under-par 269.

"I had a pretty good feeling all week when I stepped on the golf course," Turner said. "I was really comfortable with it, hitting fairways, hitting greens and making a few putts. If I go to the PGA Tour, obviously, I'll be ecstatic about that. Right now, I'm just trying to enjoy this."

With the win, Turner received the $180,000 first-place paycheck and moved into the top 20 on the Nationwide Tour money list, which gives him a legitimate shot at going to the PGA Tour next year as the top 25 on that money list move on to the big tour.

Derek Lamely shared the lead entering the final round and closed with a one- over 72 to end alone in second at minus-13.

Brian Stuard, who shared the lead with Lamely entering the round, stumbled to a three-over 74 to share third with Tyrone van Aswegen (69) at 11-under-par 273 at The Country Club at Soboba Springs.

Turner got his round going with a birdie on the second to grab at share of the lead at 14-under. He moved atop the leaderboard with a birdie on the par-five fifth.

That birdie gave him the lead at 15-under, and he ran off nine straight pars from the sixth, but his lead still managed to grow.

After tripping to a bogey on the par-three 15th, Turner led by two over Lamely. Turner erased that mistake with a birdie on the par-five 18th.

"I wasn't supposed to be here. I finished seventh in Midland (last week) to get here," said Turner. "I was just trying to finish in the top 25 to go to Chattanooga (next week). I had no idea I was going to win, obviously, but I felt really good about it when I got here...everything just started clicking."

Lamely could have forced a playoff by holing out for double-eagle on the 18th, but came up well short and right of the hole. He did two-putt for birdie to end two back.

J.J. Killeen closed with an even-par 71 to end alone in fifth at 10-under-par 274. Craig Bowden (73) and Cameron Percy (70) were one stroke back at minus- nine.

Scott Gardiner and Justin Hicks both closed with two-under 69s to share eighth place with Brendan Steele (71) at eight-under-par 276.

10/04 21:26:13 ET


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