Kirk wins Thorn­berry Creek LPGA Clas­sic

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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