VIDEO: Vicky Hurst Brevard’s Most Dominant Female Golfer Ever, LPGA Pro
By SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME // April 1, 2016
SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME
ABOVE VIDEO: Vicky Hurst, the 5-foot-8 graduate of Holy Trinity Espiscopal Academy in Melbourne, dominated amateur golf on the Space Coast like no one else.
VICKY HURST – 2012 INDUCTEE
• FWSGA Jr. Player of the Year
• Florida Prep Champion
• LPGA Professional
FWSGA JUNIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Vicky Hurst, the 5-foot-8 graduate of Holy Trinity Espiscopal Academy in Melbourne, dominated amateur golf on the Space Coast like no one else.
As just a seventh grader at West Shore Jr./Sr. High School in the fall of 2002, Hurst gained valuable experience by competing in the Class 1A Girls Golf Championship with rounds of 79 and 76 for 11-over 155. She got to the championship by shooting 77 to win the district championship that season.
The next year, after transferring to Holy Trinity, Hurst was a district runner-up as she shot 72, and missed qualifying for the state tournament by just one stroke. One year later as a freshman, Hurst tied for 16th in the Class 1A Girls Golf Championship with rounds of 76 and 77 to finish at 9-over 153.
In 2005, Hurst won the Florida Women’s State Golf Association Junior Girls Championship and was named the FWSGA Junior Player of the Year.
That fall, in the Class 1A Girls Golf Championship, Hurst shot impressive rounds of 67 and 67 to finish regulation at 10-under 134.
STATE CHAMPION, TOP RANKED AMATEUR
Hurst came back in her junior year to win the state title in high school golf. She shot rounds of 71 and 64 to win by four strokes at 9-under 135. Earlier that year, Hurst was the runner-up at the U.S. Girls Championship and she tied for second at the FWSGA Junior Girls Championship.
She also qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open for the first time.
As a senior in the fall of 2007, Hurst prevailed in three American Junior Golf Association events and qualified for her second U.S. Women’s Open.
She also earned a berth on the U.S. Junior Solheim Cup team and for the Canon Cup as a member of the East Team. Hurst finished the year as the top-ranked amateur in the Polo Golf Rankings and was named the 2007 AJGA Player of the Year.
Several schools from around the country tried to coax Hurst to compete for their programs, but she decided to turn professional and compete on the Futures Tour after winning the event in the Futures Tour qualifying school.
Turning pro at the age of 17 in 2008, Hurst finished 30th in the Honda LPGA Thailand in February.
She tied for eighth and won $33,030 in the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore. She shot rounds of 69, 73, 71 and 69 to finish at 6-under 282.
In 2009, her first season on the LPGA Tour, Hurst made 21 of 26 cuts to earn $305,773 to place 44th on the money list.
She finished among the top 10 three times and led the tour in driving distance at 272.5 yards. She also recorded her best round on the LPGA Tour with a score of 63 in the Corning Classic averaging 71.76 per round.
In 2010, Hurst finished second in the LPGA Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea. The second-place finish, her best on the LPGA Tour, was special since her mother, Koko, was born in South Korea. Hurst earned $409,655 in 2010 to place 28th on the LPGA Tour’s money list.
In majors, Hurst’s top finishes are 41st in the 2011 Kraft Masters, a tie for 51st in the 2010 LPGA Championship, a tie for 41st in the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open and a tie for 28th in both the 2009 and 2011 Women’s British Open.
In 2011, Hurst made 17 of 22 cuts as she earned $201,425 to finish 45th on the money list.
She averaged 72.99 per round. Also in 2011, Hurst was selected for the United States Solheim Cup team, and she defeated Melissa Reid of Europe 2 up in singles.
GOLF IS IN HURST DNA
Hurst, who will turn 27 on June 19, has been willing to put in the work since taking up the sport as a young child . Koko Hurst gave birth to her daughter just shortly after playing a round of golf at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Koko’s water broke on the 16th hole.
Joe Hurst, Vicky’s father, met Koko while he was stationed in South Korea in the 1980s. The retired Air Force colonel died of a stroke in April 2006.
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