Anita Boon ProAm

Sarah Kemp from Aus­tralia shot a steady sec­ond round 73 in test­ing con­di­tions at North Shore Golf Club in Auck­land last month to cruise to a four­shot vic­tory at the an­nual Anita Boon Pro-am.

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Kemp started the fi­nal round

with a com­mand­ing 7 shot lead over the rest of the field after shoot­ing a mag­nif­i­cent open­ing round of 8 un­der par 64, and the re­sult was never in doubt as the 31-year-old did what she needed to do, play­ing smart golf in the cold and windy con­di­tions to claim a four-shot vic­tory over tal­ented 21-year-old Kiwi Ha­nee Song.

Kemp started from the 3rd hole in the shot­gun start, and was rock solid over the open­ing holes mak­ing 5 straight pars to start her round. A bo­gey at the short par 4 8th hole, her first dropped shot of the tour­na­ment put her back to 7 un­der par before a birdie at the par 4 11th hole stead­ied the ship.

Another dropped shot at the dif­fi­cult par 3 14th hole was no cause for con­cern for Kemp as her lead was still 5 shots, and her ex­pe­ri­ence shone through over the fi­nal holes as she parred in for a com­fort­able win, the 11th of her ALPG ca­reer.

Kemp has strug­gled for much of the 2017 sea­son on the US LPGA Tour and was clearly re­lieved and de­lighted to get the win, her first since claim­ing the BWAC Yamba Pro-am in Aus­tralia ear­lier this year.

"I went out to­day just try­ing to shoot un­der par to­day know­ing that if I could do that in these con­di­tions it would be hard for any­one to catch me. I am re­ally pleased that I man­aged to get the job done, I still hit my driver pretty much ev­ery­where to­day and didn't re­ally make any mis­takes. I am def­i­nitely play­ing much bet­ter now and fi­nally mak­ing a few putts, I feel that the con­fi­dence in my game is slowly re­turn­ing."

Kemp cru­cially broke a run of missed cuts on the LPGA Tour at the Indy Women in Tech Cham­pi­onship in In­di­anapo­lis after re-shaft­ing her irons and putting a new put­ter in the bag. She fol­lowed that up with a solid week at the PTT Thai­land LPGA Masters where she fin­ished in a tie for 23rd place.

“I put new shafts in my irons and a new put­ter in the bag 2 weeks ago and it has made a huge dif­fer­ence. It is ba­si­cally like us­ing a new set of clubs”

Kemp picked up the win­ner's cheque of AUD$4500 and then turned her at­ten­tion to the McKayson New Zealand Women's Open in an at­tempt to turn her 2017 LPGA sea­son around.

"I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to LPGA Women's Open, I am to­tally pre­pared I have gloves, hand-warm­ers and a beanie and am ready to go. My coach John Ser­han will be on my bag next week which is awe­some"

Ser­han is also coach to NSW am­a­teur player Travis Smyth, and was re­cently on the Smyth's bag when he de­feated a field of high-class pro­fes­sion­als at the North­ern Ter­ri­tory PGA Cham­pi­onship in early Septem­ber.

Kemp will be hop­ing Ser­han's run of luck can con­tinue and that he can bring his fe­male charge home next week at Win­dross Farms.

Ha­nee Song shot a best of the day 2 un­der par round of 70 to fin­ish alone in sec­ond place at 3 un­der par, while Amer­i­can Brooke Baker fin­ished third a fur­ther 6 shots back at 3 over par.

Tal­ented New Zealand rookie Munchin Keh fin­ished alone in 4th place at 4 over par, while Ta­nia Tare, more fa­mous for her in­cred­i­ble ar­ray of trick shot videos and so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing, fin­ished at 5 over par in a tie for 5th place with for­mer Anita Boon cham­pion Aus­tralian Stacey Peters.

The an­nual Jan­dal -Thong Tro­phy, which is a fun team's match be­tween the play­ers from Aus­tralia and New Zealand held con­cur­rently with the Anita Boon Pro-am was won by the NZ team for the first time in 3 years.

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