Hank Kuehne Gets First Pro Win


American Hank Kuehne held off a relentless charge from Jason Bohn and Steve Runge Sunday to win the Canadian Tours Texas Challenge in Austin.
The 1998 U.S. Amateur champion fired a final-round 7-under 65 for a 72-hole total of 18-under 270, one shot ahead of Bohn and Runge. Todd Fanning (Winnipeg, Mannitoba) and Philip Jonas of Vancouver, Bitish Columbia, tied for fifth, eight shots behind Kuehne. Former Canadian amateur star Jon Mills wound up ninth with four others.
Sundays win was the second strong showing for Kuehne in as many starts. Last week, he wound up tied for second to Steve Scott at the Texas Classic in Houston.

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Kuehne took home $15,141 for his first professional win.
Six months after Bohn re-wrote the history books with a 13-under 58 at the Bayer Championship, the 28-year-old created quite a stir once again Sunday with a course record 63. His day featured a string of eight consecutive birdies from Nos. 4-11, a new Tour record. The previous best was seven birdies in a row, a mark Bohn shared previously with Paul Devenport and John Colwell.
But the day belonged to Kuehne, the 26-year-old Dallas native who overcame two career-threatening arm and shoulder surgeries in 2000 and now finds himself atop the Canadian Tour money list.
Its been a long road back, and it feels pretty good right now, he said moments after signing his scorecard Sunday. There were times when things got tough, there were always questions whether I could still play. If I wasnt able to swing a golf club the way I wanted, I was going to call it a career. I think I proved to a lot of people that I am back.
With Bohn already in the clubhouse, Kuehne and Runge walked to the 18th tee all even at 18-under. But after hitting his tee shot into the right bunker, Runge hammered a 6-iron from 168 yards out into the water. Kuehnes first putt from just off the green came to within two feet of the cup, and the par gave him the triumph.
Kuehne was 4-under heading into Saturday before mastering Circle C over the final two rounds.
I knew with these conditions I would need to take it low, and Jason and Steve both proved that, added Kuehne. I would have liked to see a little more wind to make it more of a frontrunners race. But 14-under on the weekend will get it done on any Tour.
After a 6-under 30 on the front nine, Bohn stayed even with Kuehne for most of the afternoon before lipping out a short par putt on the 17th that essentially took him out of the tournament.
I just wanted to give myself a chance, and I gave it all I could, said Bohn. I didnt make up as much ground as I could have Saturday, and I blew any chance I had with that putt on 17.
Runge, the 2001 Panasonic Panama Open champion, shrugged his shoulders when asked about the sand shot that found water on the final hole.
It just came out of there sliding right and started fading, explained Runge of the stroke. But all in all I was happy with my play all week. It was a tough break, but those things happen.
The Canadian Tour takes a week off before resuming play with a two-event swing through Scottsdale, Ariz., beginning March 28.
Full-field scores from the Texas Challenge