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Kuehne routs Whitaker to win U.S. Mid-Amateur title

BANDON, Ore. -- Trip Kuehne won his first U.S. Golf
Association title Thursday, routing Dan Whitaker 9 and 7 in the U.S.
Mid-Amateur at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

The 35-year-old Kuehne, best known for losing a 6-up lead after
13 holes in a 2-up loss to Tiger Woods in the 1994 U.S. Amateur
final, won four of the first six holes and was 5 under in a
bogey-free 29 holes.

"It's been a long journey. One that started 13 years ago,"
said Kuehne, who earned a spot in the 2008 Masters. "I got the job
done this time. It doesn't get any better than this. It truly is a
dream come true. I thought this day would never come."

Kuehne, from Irving, Texas, is the older brother of LPGA Tour
player Kelli Kuehne and PGA Tour player Hank Kuehne -- both USGA
champions. Kelli Kuehne won the 1995 and 1996 U.S. Women's Amateur
titles, and Hank Kuehne won the 1998 U.S. Amateur.

The 26-year-old Whitaker, from Cle Elum, Wash., was making his
first appearance in the tournament for players 25 and older.

"He made par after par after par and it was tough to catch
him," the long-hitting Whitaker said. "It still was an awesome
week. To get this far at this level is something I've not done
before."