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Feb. 24, 2013
PANAMA CITY - Former Penn State standout golfer Kevin Foley captured his first career victory at the Panama Claro Championship Sunday, marking the most significant professional win ever by a Nittany Lion alumni.
In the final round at the Panama Golf Club, Foley posted a 3-under 67 to steal the victory by just one stroke. Third-round leader Mathew Goggin entered Sunday with a 2-stroke lead over the competition, but Foley was able to overcome the deficit when Goggin marked a double and triple bogey in the last round. Foley finished with an 8-under-par score of 272.
Coach Greg Nye couldn't be more proud of his former player's accomplishments.
"Kevin's making clutch shots and holing the final putt to win I am sure did not surprise any of his former teammates, coaches, or alumni who have followed him," Nye said. "We congratulate Kevin on this tremendous start to the year."
A 2010 Penn State graduate, Foley currently holds the university record number of six tournament championships. In his impressive Nittany Lion career, he achieved 16 top-10 finishes and 20 top-25 finishes.
The 2013 Panama Claro Championship was the Web.com Tour's first event of the year, where more than 200 talented gofers try to play their way onto the PGA Tour every season. Next up for the tour's 24th season will be the Colombio Championship, followed by the Chile Classic. The U.S. Schedule begins March 21-24 with the Louisiana Open.