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Bowden dedicates win to ailing father-in-law

10/26/2003

MIAMI -- Craig Bowden shot an even-par 71 Sunday to win the
Miccosukee Championship by a stroke and earn a spot in the
season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship.

Bowden, who also won the tour's 1998 Miami Valley Open, finished
at 14-under 270 at Miccosukee Golf and Country Club, and earned
$90,000 to move from 53rd to 18th on the money list.

The top 55 players on the list advance to the tour championship,
and the top 20 finishers on the money list will earn PGA Tour cards
for next season.

''I knew I had it in me to win, but it's so hard to win out
here,'' said Bowden, who dedicated the victory to his
father-in-law, who is fighting cancer.

''With all that's going on with my father-in-law battling lung
and liver cancer, and being 53rd on the money list and trying to
keep my job. It's been rough.''

Chris Couch shot a 6-under 65 and finished at 13-under 271,
moving to No. 9 on the money list and clinching a spot on the PGA
Tour next season.

Bo Van Pelt closed with three straight birdies for a 66 and tied
Ryan Palmer (68) for third place at 272.