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US wins world amateur golf tilt

KILDARE, Ireland (AP) – NCAA champion Jennifer Kupcho and two-time US Women’s Amateur cham­pion Kristen Gillman finished strong Saturday to lead the United States to a 10-shot victory in the Women’s World Amateur Teach Champion­ship.

The Americans won the Espirito Santo Trophy for the 14th time. Their last victory was in 1998.

Gillman (67) and Kupcho (69) gave the Americans a 136 total for the final round at on the O’Meara Course at Carton House Golf Club to win by 10 shots over Japan. For the week, the U.S. team that included Lillia Vu finished at 29-under 551.

South Korea finished one shot behind Japan and took the bronze medal.

The tournament, which featured three-player teams from 57 coun­tries, is held every two years.

Meantime, Kramer Hickok shot a 2-under 68 on Saturday to keep a one-stroke lead in the DAP Cham­pionship, the second of four Web.com Tour Finals events that will de­termine 25 PGA Tour cards.

One of 25 players who have al­ready earned PGA Tour cards through the Web.com Tour’s regular-season money list, Hickok had a 12-under 198 total at Canterbury Golf Club. He matched the course record Thursday with a 63, and had a 67 on Friday.

“I really didn’t get myself too far out of position,” Hickok said. “I had one bogey today and it was just one bad drive, but the rest of the day, it was just easy pars. Just a consistent day all around. I didn’t get myself in trouble and I wasn’t too stressed.”

Hickok was 23rd on the regular-season list, and jumped from 23rd to 13th last week in Ohio with a tie for 14th in the series opener. The 26-year-old former University of Texas player was the 2017 Macken­zie Tour-PGA Tour Canada player of the year, winning twice.

“I really want to get a win,” Hick­ok said. “I’ve had a second and a third this year and I’ve been in the lead going in the back nine and fin­ished a little short. I would love to get a win.”

Germany’s Stephan Jaeger re­mained second after a 68