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FROM BEES TO BIRDIES: AOKI WINS

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Isao Aoki, stung by a bee in the opening round, stung Bob Charles and Hale Irwin with a last-hole bunker shot to win the Bank of Boston Senior Classic.

Aoki was tied for the lead at 11-under heading to the par-5 18th hole Sunday but put his second shot into a greenside bunker some 35 feet from the pin. It was not a problem, as it turned out.Aoki pitched out to within a foot of the cup and tapped in to win the $800,000 event by one shot over Charles and Irwin.

Charles had parred No. 18 on the Nashawtuc Country Club course to finish at 11-under and Irwin rolled in an 18-footer for birdie to match him.

It was all academic as Aoki tapped in the birdie putt to finish at 12-under and avoid a playoff.

Aoki was stung by a bee on the course Friday and it bothered him thereafter.

"The bee sting was bothering me on the front nine," he said through an interpreter. "By the back nine it helped me concentrate more."

Aoki's closing putt gave him a 3-under-par 69 and a 54-hole total of 12-under 204. Charles and Irwin were at 205, two strokes better than Walt Zembriski and Bruce Summerhays. Heber City's Summerhays earned $43,200 for his fourth-place finish.

After 14 straight pars, Aoki finally got his first birdie at 15 when he rolled in a 24-foot putt. A 30-footer for birdie at 16 got him into a tie for the lead and he just missed a birdie on 17.