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MOCHRIE WINS EARLY B-DAY PRESENT

Dottie Mochrie didn't need any reminder that she was closing in on her 30th birthday, but she got it any way.

Her friends at Stratton Mountain used white towels to outline "30" on a hill near the driving range. For Mochrie, it meant not only being a year older, but achieving a career goal."Privately, I set a goal to cross $3 million before I hit 30," she said.

With her birthday Aug. 17, she made it by 11 days Sunday.

Starting the day with a share of the lead, Mochrie matched the Sunday's low round of 68 to finish at 204 and a three-stroke victory in the McCall's Classic. The $75,000 first prize pushed her eight-year career earnings to $3,023,600, making her the youngest golfer to reach that plateau.

She also moved from fifth to second in earnings this year with $448,884.

Kelly Robbins, who gave Mochrie her stiffest challenge and also finished with a 68 for 207, won $46,546 to take the money lead with $469,260 over idle Laura Davies.

The victory "seemed like a major to me" because Mochrie was playing in front of her mother and father from nearby Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

"It's the first time my parents have ever seen me win. That made it extra special," she said.

"My mother cries like me," Mochrie said after the two embraced on the green following her last birdie. "My father did smoke a lot of cigarettes. I don't think he handled it well."

Mochrie started the day tied with Pat Bradley at 8-under in the $500,000 tournament that was shortened to 54 holes when fog wiped out Thursday's play.

Bradley fell back on the front nine, but Robbins, starting the day three strokes behind and playing several holes ahead of the leaders, fired four birdies on the front nine to pull even with Mochrie at 9-under.

Mochrie birdied the ninth while Robbins bogeyed No. 12 for a two-stroke swing, and no one got within a stroke of Mochrie again in the steady drizzle that fell most of the afternoon.

"You never like to make bogey when you're trying to put pressure on a player," Robbins said. But she hit a wedge past the pin, then missed a 6-footer coming back.