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Vicky Hurst talks about her hunger for a win

Before the season began, a poll was taken on LPGA’s Official Facebook Page and its website asking fans which pro was poised to breakout in the 2013 season.

Among those in the top-5 included Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson, Brittany Lincicome, I.K. Kim and Vicky Hurst. All who have a victory on the LPGA Tour except for Hurst.

Another poll was taken to see who fans thought was going to be the next American Rolex First-Time Winner.

Those voted by LPGA fans were Amanda Blumenherst, Sydnee Michaels, Gerina Piller and Vicky Hurst.

Coming into her fifth season as an LPGA Tour member, Vicky Hurst has tallied only eight top-10 finishes and has touched the leaderboard on numerous occasions. Although a silent assailant on the course, she managed to grab the attention of golf fans around the world and these polls reveal just that.

To hear that LPGA Tour fans believe she could breakthrough this season came to a bit of a shock at first to Hurst.

“I mean it’s just awesome to know that I have fans that support me through the ups and the downs of my career and believed in my game,” Hurst said. “I just have such a great support system from my mom, my coaches and my fans. The people around me believe I can; now the challenge is believing enough in myself that I can.”

Best known for her exceptional play as a junior and amateur golfer and winning five times in a single season on the Symetra Tour, Hurst feels slightly disappointed that her professional career hasn’t mimicked that impressive résumé. She says each year she encounters new experiences that have helped shape her attitude and evolve her game.

“I know I haven’t had the kind of success I had on the Symetra Tour and while I was an amateur,” says Hurst. “And I know I haven’t always been a strong player on the LPGA Tour and I haven’t gotten the most out of my game lately, but I think I’m on the right track and improving my game every single year. If I keep moving forward and improving then I’ll move up and my time will come.”

In 95 starts as an LPGA Tour pro, Hurst has experienced the difficulty of competition on golf’s global Tour, clinching just her eighth top-10 finish at the 2012 Sybase Match Play Championship. After bouncing in and out of the leaderboard last season, she believes she now has confidence that she is just inches away from her first career victory.

“I’m pretty confident with my game right now and I think that if I keep putting myself in the top-10 and the top-5 and just keep doing that (a win) will definitely come,” Hurst said. “This year I’m really focusing on just staying true to myself and trusting my game and getting my name up there and being on the leaderboard constantly, attacking the top position as much as I can and I think it will eventually come.”

Although she says she’s due for a victory, she admits it’s not quite the first goal on top of her list this season.

“A win would be nice, but honestly I’m working towards the Solheim Cup,” say Hurst. “I haven’t made a team yet and that’s one of my biggest goals. Every American is going to be working hard to get on that team this year.”

Even through the roughest patches in her career, Hurst has continuously displayed a jovial and optimistic spirit on the course. She enters the 2013 season with her perpetual smile, affable character and a whole new attitude.

“Obviously I’ve been working on my swing and the little things in my game that needed tweaking, but this offseason I also just learned to have more fun and just enjoying my time on the golf course and trusting what I have,” Hurst said. “I’m trying to steer away from being tedious and focusing too much on things that don’t really matter and I’m more focused on the big picture. Just trying to enjoy it more.”

Topics: This week it is all about Me, Hurst, Vicky, Player Feature

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