Vicky Hurst

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Vicky Hurst
— Golfer —
2009 LPGA Championship - Vicky Hurst (2).jpg
Personal information
Born (1990-06-19) June 19, 1990 (age 24)
Andrews AFB, Maryland, U.S.
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Nationality  United States
Residence Melbourne, Florida, U.S.
Career
Turned professional 2008
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 2009)
Former tour(s) Futures Tour (joined 2008)
Professional wins 5
Number of wins by tour
Symetra Tour 5
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
Kraft Nabisco C'ship T11: 2012
LPGA Championship T44: 2013
U.S. Women's Open T18: 2012
Women's British Open T17: 2012
The Evian Championship T44: 2013
Achievements and awards
AJGA Player of the Year 2007
Futures Tour
Rookie of the Year
2008
Futures Tour
Player of the Year
2008

Vicky Hurst (born June 19, 1990) is an American professional golfer currently playing on the LPGA Tour.

She turned professional as a 17-year-old in 2008, while still in high school. Playing on the Futures Tour that year, she won five times and set a Tour record for single season earnings with $93,107.

Childhood and family life[edit]

Hurst was born to a golfing family. While pregnant with Vicky, her mother Koko, a native Korean, was completing a round of golf at Andrews AFB near Washington, D.C. when her water broke on the 16th hole.[1][2] Although winning the round, Koko left to give birth to Vicky at the base's medical center.[2] Her father, Joe, who met Koko while he was stationed in Korea in the 1980s, was a retired Air Force colonel.[3] He died suddenly of a massive stroke in April 2006 while Vicky, age 15, was practicing for the LPGA Ginn Open to which she had received a sponsor exemption. Hurst withdrew from the tournament and said she would dedicate the rest of her career to her father's memory.[4] Hurst was raised in Melbourne, Florida, where she attended Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy and graduated in June 2008, part-way through her Futures Tour rookie year.[3] She has an older sister, Kelly, also an accomplished golfer, was a member of the University of Florida golf team, though she never played.[5]

Amateur career[edit]

Hurst had a standout amateur career. In 2005 she won the Florida Women's State Golf Association Junior Girls' Championship, was named the FWSGA Junior Player of the Year and finished second at the Florida high school girls golf championship. In 2006 she was runner-up at the U.S. Girls' Junior and tied for second at the FWSGA Junior Girls' Championship. Also in 2006, she played in the U.S. Women's Open, less than two weeks after turning 16.[6] She was named Florida Junior Player of the Year in 2006-07 and qualified again for the U.S. Women's Open in 2007. In 2007 she won three American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) events, and earned spots on the 2007 U.S. PING Junior Solheim Cup Team and Canon Cup, representing the East Team. She ended 2007 as the top-ranked amateur in the Polo Golf Rankings and was named the 2007 AJGA Player of the Year.

Professional career[edit]

In the fall of 2007 at the start of her senior year in high school, Hurst faced a choice between pursuing a college golf career, for which she was heavily recruited by coaches, and turning professional. She participated in, and won, the Futures Tour qualifying school in November. In December she announced that she would skip college and join the Futures Tour in 2008, while completing high school at the same time.[7] She also received sponsor exemptions to three LPGA Tour events in 2008, missing the cut in two of the events and finishing tied for 21st in the third.

In 2008, she competed full-time on the Futures Tour, winning five times and setting a Tour record for single season earnings with $93,107. She was named Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year and automatically qualified for full playing status on the LPGA Tour for the 2009 season. Her first tournament as an LPGA member was the 2009 season-opening SBS Open at Turtle Bay at which she finished tied for 15th and led the field in driving distance. Hurst finished her rookie year leading the LPGA Tour in driving distance with an average distance of 272.5 yards.[8]

Hurst's endorsement contracts include Callaway Golf and Under Armour.[9][10]

Professional wins (5)[edit]

Futures Tour wins (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning
score
To par Margin
of victory
Runner-up Winner's[11]
share ($)
1 Apr 27, 2008 Jalapeno Golf Classic 67-67-64=198 –18 3 strokes United States Ashley Prange 11,900
2 Jun 17, 2008 Michelob ULTRA FUTURES Players Championship 69-70-68-65=272 –8 4 strokes Australia Sarah-Jane Kenyon 16,100
3 Jun 29, 2008 Horseshoe Casino Classic at Lost Marsh Golf Course 70-76-67=213 –3 1 stroke South Korea Jin Young Pak 12,600
4 Jul 13, 2008 CIGNA Golf Classic 68-73-68=209 –7 8 strokes United States Natalie Sheary 11,200
5 Oct 19, 2008 Duramed Invitational 71-69-71=211 –8 1 stroke Scotland Vikki Laing  21,0001

1 unofficial victory and earnings
Futures Tour majors are shown in bold.

Results in LPGA majors[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Kraft Nabisco Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T44 T41 T11 T55 CUT
U.S. Women's Open CUT CUT CUT DNP T41 T45 T18 CUT DNP
Women's British Open DNP DNP DNP T28 T31 T28 T17 CUT DNP
LPGA Championship DNP DNP DNP CUT T54 CUT CUT T44
The Evian Championship ^ T44

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tied

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Kraft Nabisco Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 4
U.S. Women's Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 3
Women's British Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 4
LPGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Totals 0 0 0 0 0 3 23 14
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2009 British Open – 2011 Kraft Nabisco)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 0

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2006 1 0 0 0 0 0 MC n/a 80.00 n/a
2007 2 0 0 0 0 0 MC n/a 74.50 n/a
2008 3 1 0 0 0 0 T21 19,864 n/a 72.75 n/a
2009 26 21 0 0 0 3 T5 305,773 44 71.76 30
2010 24 19 0 1 0 1 2 409,655 28 72.79 62
2011 23 17 0 0 0 1 T5 201,425 45 72.99 65
2012 27 18 0 0 0 3 4 401,457 35 72.95 71
2013 25 17 0 0 0 0 T17 135,119 74 72.69 77
  • official through November 24, 2013[12]

* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.

Futures Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2008 13 13 4 3 0 9 1 93,107 1 70.28 1

^ Does not include victory and $21,000 won at Duramed Invitational, an unofficial event after the season on October 19.

Team appearances[edit]

Professional

Solheim Cup record[edit]

Year Total
matches
Total
W-L-H
Singles
W-L-H
Foursomes
W-L-H
Fourballs
W-L-H
Points
won
Points
%
Career 2 1-1-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 1.0 50.0
2011 2 1-1-0 1-0-0 def. M. Reid 2 up 0-0-0 0-1-0 lost w/ B. Lincicome 5&4 1.0 50.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tramel, Jimmie (2008-05-22). "Born to Play Golf". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Vicky Hurst Capsule Bio". Seoul Sisters. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 
  3. ^ a b Andrews, Dave. "An LPGA Rookie to Keep Your Eye On In 2009". Cybergolf. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  4. ^ Baldry, Beth Ann (2008-03-12). "Slideshow: Hurst ready for Futures". GolfWeek. Retrieved 2009-02-20. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Slideshow: Hurst ready for Futures". Kelly O. Hurst roster profile. University of Florida women's golf team. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  6. ^ Konecky, Chuck (2006-10-13). "Player Profile: Vicky Hurst". SI.com. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  7. ^ Baldry, Beth Ann (2007-12-04). "Hurst to skip college, turn pro". GolfWeek. Retrieved 2009-02-20. [dead link]
  8. ^ "LPGA 2009 Stats". LPGA Tour. 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  9. ^ "Vicky Hurst". Callaway. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  10. ^ "Under Armour Signs LPGA Phenom Vicky Hurst". LPGA Tour. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  11. ^ "Former Player Bios". LPGA Futures Tour. 2008. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  12. ^ "Vicky Hurst Stats". LPGA. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 

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