The following is from the June 9, 2008, edition of The Houston Chronicle.

Texas Amateur Championship
SMU star earns two-shot victory with strong finish

For The Chronicle

Kelly Kraft

Kelly Kraft waited patiently for his chance to break away from a crowded field during the final round of the Texas Amateur Championship, and when it arrived, he didn't waste it.

Kraft held only a one-shot lead over his closest competitor heading to No. 18, but he sank a 15-foot birdie putt at the 419-yard par 4 to clinch the championship Sunday at Houston Country Club.

Kraft, a sophomore at SMU, shot a 4-under 68 in the final round to finish 5-under-par 283 for the tournament, two strokes ahead of runner-up John Peterson of Fort Worth. Kraft, Peterson and Will Hanna, of The Woodlands, were tied for first after 10 holes, but Kraft knocked in a birdie at No. 11 to take his first lead of the day.

He lost that lead after bogeying No. 13, but made three pars and two birdies on the final five holes, including a crucial par save at No. 17, to move into the top spot for good.

"That was pretty awesome," Kraft, 19, said. "I just hung in there. I lost the lead for a little bit on the back nine, but after I got it, I just stayed strong and birdied a couple of holes coming in."

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