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Munt Fails To Ace Hole Second Straight Day

July 1, 1996

SOMERS POINT, N.J. (AP) _ Alison Munt came within one day and 15 feet of winning a $25,000 hole-in-one contest at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

When you have won $569 in 12 previous events and you are dead last on the LPGA money-winning list for the year, that’s the way things go.

Using a 7-iron, Munt had a hole-in-one on the 151-yard, 14th hole at the Greate Bay Resort and Country Club on Saturday. That was a day before a construction company’s offer of a $25,000 prize for making an ace on that hole went into effect.

Munt, who has made only two cuts this year, said she used the same approach playing the hole Sunday, but this time she hit a 6-iron because it was playing a little longer.

``Yesterday I just tried to hit the middle of the green and it went in. It was one of those freak things,″ she said. ``Today it was about 15 feet away.″

Munt didn’t deny she could have used the money. In the best of her three previous years on tour she earned $14,279 in 1992.

``It’s been terrible,″ the 30-year-old Australian said. ``I’m just trying to play through it and hang in there. I’ve played well in the past at different times. I’m just hoping it comes together, but you know you’re patience is very thin, and that’s what you need in this game.″

Munt had a 9-over-par 80 Sunday, tying the day’s worst round. It left her at 221, in a three-way tie for 69th place in the 73-player field, and earned her $929 for the week.

It will help pay for the gas for her 15-hour drive to Toledo, Ohio for next weekend’s LPGA event.

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