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Parks becomes Symetra Tour's second black winner

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 27, 2014 at 6:32 pm •  Published: July 27, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sadena Parks become the second black winner in Symetra Tour history Sunday, rallying to win the SEFCU Championship at Capital Hills.

Parks, the 24-year-old former University of Washington player from Tacoma, matched the course record with a bogey-free 9-under 62 for a one-stroke victory over Taiwan's Min Lee.

"I've been waiting two years for this," Parks said. "I'm just really excited, I can't wait to talk to my dad, my friends and I just want to take it all in."

LaRee Sugg was the first black champion on the developmental tour, winning in 1998 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

"The steps that I am taking helps to influence younger African-American kids, girls and boys, and even parents that have younger kids that want them to be more involved in this game," Parks said.

Parks, seven strokes behind Lee entering the round, finished at 14-under 199 to tie the tournament record set by Seon-Hwa Lee in 2005. Parks earned $15,000 to jump from 14th to sixth on the money list with $36,213. The final top 10 will earn 2015 LPGA Tour cards.

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