Cindy Hill birdied three of the last five holes yesterday and won the $175,000 Rail Classic stop on the LPGA tour with a 10-under-par 208 in Springfield, Ill. She shot 71 the last round.
Hill's closing birdie, from five feet on the 18th hole, ensured her first tour victory since she turned pro in 1979 at age 31 after a distinguished amateur career. Hill, a coleader after the first round, was two strokes ahead going into the third round.
Nancy Lopez finished tied for sixth with Vicki Alvarez. Pat Bradley closed with a 69, tied for the low round of the day. She finished in a tie for seventh with defending champion Lauri Peterson . . .
Gay Brewer shot a four-under-par 67 in the final round to win the $175,000 Citizens Union Senior Golf Classic in Lexington, Ky., his first individual victory on the senior tour and his first since he won the Canadian Open in 1972 while on the PGA Tour.
Brewer, 52, had five birdies the final day to finish the tournament at nine-under-par 204. He started the day one shot behind second-round leader Dan Sikes.
In a tournament delayed by rain and played in a steady drizzle, Brewer took the lead for good when he sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the fifth hole. That put him three shots up and birdies on the 12th, 14th and 15th holes more than made up for a bogey on the 17th.