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Woman Misses Million-Dollar Putt

November 28, 1999

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) _ She wanted to be a millionaire, but Kim Haas of Dubuque, Iowa, left a putt 6 inches short.

With her heart pounding and tips from an LPGA star rolling around in her head, Haas could have won $1 million Sunday if she made a 10-foot putt in the Gillette Putting Challenge.

``I’m disappointed I left it short, but it’s been a lot of fun,″ she said. ``I’ve enjoyed it.″

Haas, a 36-year-old mother of three, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation will both receive $25,000.

In the four years Gillette has sponsored the putting bonanza, no one has made the $1 million putt.

LPGA star Jane Blalock worked with Haas on a nearby putting green before the million-dollar attempt. She also helped pick out the line of the putt, which appeared dead-center.

``I was hoping for some miracle, a gust of wind,″ Blalock said. ``She looked pretty composed and held up well.″

Haas was randomly selected in August, and made a 10-footer worth $25,000 to qualify for this putt. She practiced 30 to 45 minutes daily the past six weeks.

``I was just trying to remember the tips Jane gave me ... keep your head down and just try to relax,″ Haas said. ``All of a sudden, I got up there and my heart started going so quick.″

Haas said the money will go toward her children’s education, and possibly to help build a home in a few years.

``This was a once-in-a-lifetime thing,″ Haas said. ``This has renewed my love for golf. I’m going to join a women’s league next year.″

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