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Friday, February 23, 2001
Updated: February 20, 11:53 AM ET
Nancy Lopez earns first LPGA victory

By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Feb. 26, 1978

Rookie Nancy Lopez gains her first victory on the LPGA tour. After bogeying the 10th and 11th holes in the final round, costing her the lead, Lopez recovers and birdies 17. This gives her a one-shot victory at the $100,000 Bent Tree Classic in Sarasota, Fla.

Tied for the lead after the third round, the 21-year-old Lopez shoots a final-round one-over-par 73 to finish at one-over 289, a stroke ahead of playing partner Jo Ann Washam. Lopez earns $15,000.