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Bohn gets first PGA victory

Jason Bohn's sojourn is finally over.

After bouncing around for years on mini tours and spending five years on the Canadian Tour, Bohn closed with a second straight 6-under-par 66 yesterday for his first PGA Tour victory, a one-stroke victory and a tournament-record total at the B.C. Open in Endicott, N.Y.

''You don't really expect when your first win is going to come," said the 32-year-old Bohn, who finished at 24-under 264. ''I hadn't played that well this year. I missed a lot of cuts, and I haven't seen that many great things come out of my game. And then this week I kind of got turned around."

Bohn, in only his second year on Tour, had six birdies in a bogey-free round and won $540,000 in becoming the 13th player to make this tournament his first triumph.

''It's just amazing," said Bohn, who made birdie at Nos. 16 and 17 to take a one-shot lead.

The previous tournament record in relation to par was 22 under, set in 2001 by Jeff Sluman and Paul Gow. The tournament record score was 265, by Calvin Peete in 1982. He finished 19 under when the course at the En-Joie Golf Club played to a par 71.

Bohn edged his playing partner, Ryan Palmer (67), and J.P. Hayes (66), John Rollins, and Australian rookie Brendan Jones (68). Jones, who held a one-shot lead entering the final round, rallied with three straight birdies at the finish, but his erratic play -- he had three bogeys -- cost him a shot at the title.

Ben Crane (64), Michael Allen (64), and Mathias Gronberg (66) were in a group two shots back.

LPGA -- Meena Lee became the Tour's record-tying fourth straight first-time winner, closing with a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory over playing partner Katherine Hull in the Canadian Women's Open in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The 23-year-old South Korean tied for second in the Corning Classic in late May and also finished second two weeks ago in the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship.

Lee finished at 9-under 279 and earned $195,000 to jump from 13th to seventh on the money list with $643,933.

Janice Moodie, the leader after each of the first three rounds, needed a birdie on the par-5 18th to force a playoff, but three-putted for a double bogey for a 75 that left her three strokes back.

Hull, a 23-year-old Australian who starred at Pepperdine, also closed with a 69.

Nationwide -- Jason Gore won his second straight event, closing with a 3-under 67 for a four-stroke victory over Bill Haas at the Scholarship America Showdown in Hudson, Wis.

Gore, a US Open fan favorite who was coming off a victory at the Pete Dye Classic, finished at 14-under 266.

Gore earned $94,500 for the win, giving him $202,500 in his last two starts and a career-high $244,079 for the season, good enough for third place on the money list and ensuring a return to the PGA Tour next season. The top 20 at the end of the season will earn 2006 PGA Tour cards.

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