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June 22, 2014

Edmond’s Rust battles back to win at Belmar

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“I wish I would have made a little bit more of a charge there,” Yun said. “I was kind of missing like that the whole day. The putts just weren’t dropping. The greens were a lot faster today and I wasn’t quite able to get comfortable with it.”

Conrad Shindler, whose run at Texas A&M ended in 2011, moved up to third place with a final-round 65. Rhein Gibson, from Newcastle, Australia, shared the position after a final-round 66. Jonathan Moore, a pro since leaving Oklahoma State in 2007, had fifth place to himself after a final-round 68.

Rust believed his time near.

“It’s a lot of hard work that’s paid off,” he said. “I knew it was coming, I just didn’t know when, but I’m so glad it’s happening now. 

“I couldn’t be happier.”

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Notable

· Followin’ Y’all: Course owner Toby Keith was a constant presence at the event, beginning with Tuesday’s pro-am. He followed Yun each of the last three rounds, which meant he was following the final group for the last 36 holes. An avid player, Keith said he plays the course daily when he’s in town. Also in the gallery were Rust’s parents, who got to see him win for a second straight week. Last week it was at the Buffalo Run Prairie Moon Casinos Classic in Miami. In that tourney, Rust rode a fast start (67-64) to a one-stroke victory over Trey Herring and Derek Tolan.

· Norman’s own: J.R. Hurley, a 2004 Norman North graduate, closed with a 72 Saturday to finish in a 44th-place tie. Hurley won $630, several hundred less than it cost him to enter the tournament. Netting even a $1,000 for the week required no worse than an 11th-place finish.

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