Kirk makes major impact in France
GOLF: Sunrise Beach product Katherine Kirk is relishing a startling season on the US LPGA Tour, including an impressive display at a major.
The 35-year-old was scheduled to compete in the final round of the rain-affected Evian Championship at France last night, after a strong performance during the first two rounds.
She went into the last day of play in third place, on seven-under par, two strokes adrift of Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn.
Rounds of 66 and 69 put her in a position to win her first major.
Kirk is in good shape this year. She claimed her third victory on tour, and first in seven years, at the Thornberry Classic at Wisconsin in July, when she admitted she almost gave the game in 2015 and 2016 following seasons of struggle.
She went into the French event ranked 77 in the world and 38th in the tour standings.
She said she was in a good head-space leading into the final round there.
“Any time you’re in contention it’s a good thing,” she said.
“Whether you’re leading or one or two behind, I’m just happy to be having a chance.”
She steeled herself during the second round of the event, which was reduced to 54 holes due to rain..
“The front nine was a little bit slow for me,” she said.
“I told myself to .... just go back to good swing thoughts and hitting fairways and greens and the putts will eventually drop,” she said.
Co-incidentally, the Katherine Kirk Classic, for talented youngsters, is being held at Maroochy River at the moment.
Coaster Sarah Jane Smith was also amid the action in the event in France.