Kirk wins Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic
Katherine Kirk won the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic golf tournament Sunday, matching Ashleigh Buhai with a birdie on the final hole for a onestroke victory.
Four strokes ahead of Buhai entering the round, Kirk made a 10foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th for a 2-under 70. She finished at 22-under 266 in the first year event at Thornberry Creek — the Oneida Nation-owned resort near Green Bay.
“Ashleigh played great all day,” Kirk said. “I put the pressure on her. Pretty fun finish there. I knew I had to make it. She played great, so all credit to her.”
The 35-year-old Australian won her third LPGA Tour title and first in 152 starts since the 2010 Navistar LPGA Classic. She also won the 2008 Canadian Women’s Open.
“So much hard work and patience,” Kirk said.
“I had a rough couple of years like 2015 and 2016, and just an amazing team behind me. My husband has been 100 per cent supportive the whole time. I can’t put it into words. It’s just a great feeling.”
Kirk earned $300,000 and secured a spot next week in the U.S. Women’s Open.
Hamilton’s Alena Sharp (68) was the low Canadian at 13 under. Brooke Henderson (69) of Smiths Falls and Augusta James (68) of Bath, Ont., were at 11 under while Samantha Richdale (78) of Kelowna, B.C., fell to an even par.