Isenhour within victory of promotion to PGA Tour

Updated: April 2, 2006, 10:04 PM ET
Associated Press

LIVERMORE, Calif. -- Tripp Isenhour moved within a victory of an automatic promotion to the PGA Tour on Sunday, winning the inaugural Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship for his second title of the season.

The 37-year-old Isenhour, also the winner of the season-opening Movistar Panama Championship, closed with a 4-under 68 to finish at 9-under 279 on The Course at Wente Vineyards. Paul Sheehan (71) finished second, three strokes back.

"I saw some light at the end of the tunnel but I didn't think it would come like this," Isenhour said. "It's amazing for it all to come this quickly. I'm in shock and awe. It's nice to have enough money at this point that I can play very aggressively from here on out and try to win another one."

Isenhour earned $108,000 to take the money lead with $218,221, which should be enough to keep him in the top 20 through the end of the year. The final top 20 players on the money list will earn 2007 PGA Tour cards.

Jeff Quinney (75) finished third at 4 under, and Jim McGovern (69) was another stroke back along with Craig Bowden (70) and Louisiana Open winner Johnson Wagner (71).71


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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