Pat Hurst's golf shoes were sopping wet, a clue that she was a champion and had broken a vow.
After winning the Nabisco Dinah Shore, Hurst was finally coaxed into the lake by the cheering gallery on the 18th green Sunday.
A day earlier, she promised that if she won, she would forego the traditional winner's dip into the murky water surrounding the green because she couldn't swim.
Shortly after rolling in a 4-foot par putt to hold off the charging Helen Dobson by one shot, Hurst nervously waded into the lake.
"That was peer pressure," Hurst, smiling, said of her brief walk into the water. "I wasn't going to get in over my head when I don't know how to swim."
She didn't even make it to knee-deep before hopping back onto dry land.
Moments earlier, Hurst was beaming and wiping away tears at the same time as she won for just the second time in her career.
The victory was very significant because it came in the Dinah Shore, the LPGA's first major of the year and the tournament the women golfers equate to the men's Masters.
"I'm feeling pretty good," said Hurst, who described herself as "one of the quiet ones out here."
"After making that putt on 18, the pressure is off, I've won a major, and I just couldn't ask for anything more right now."
A 28-year-old former NCAA champion at San Jose State, Hurst was a model of consistency during the Dinah Shore, outlasting a throng of international challengers. She shot a closing 71 to finish 7-under-par.
Dobson, an English golfer who won a tournament in her 1993 rookie campaign and has finished in the top 10 just once since, shot a 5-under-par 67 to keep the pressure on Hurst.
But Hurst, who simply kept hitting fairways and sinking putts all week despite some rain and gusty winds, refused to yield the lead she held or shared since the first round.
"I didn't really know how I was doing, but I had some friends showing up to watch me, and I know they only come around if you're doing well," said Dobson, who shot a 32 on the back nine to close ground on Hurst.
"I asked my caddie, 'How am I doing?' He said I was just a shot back," added Dobson, who had missed the Dinah Shore cut each of the last four years.
Helen Alfredsson of Sweden, a two-time winner this year, finished tied for third with Laura Davies of England at 5-under. Alfredsson shot a 70 and Davies a 68 in the final round at Mission Hills Country Club.
Trevino captures title
SAN ANTONIO -- Lee Trevino captured his first title since 1996, winning the $1 million Southwestern Bell Dominion PGA Senior Tour tournament by two strokes.
Trevino shot a 5-under-par 67 to finish at 11-under 205 on the par-72, 6,835-yard Dominion Country Club course.
It's his 28th Senior Tour title overall, the best on the circuit and one more than he had won on the PGA tour. Trevino hadn't won an event since the Emerald Coast Classic in November 1996.
Trevino collected $150,000 for his efforts, which included five birdies.