KIRSTY’S ACHIEVEMENTS FOR FIRST HALF OF 2017:
Kirsty’s first tournament was played at Stanford, and in her words “had a rocky start”. Because of a massive downpour the fairways and rough hadn’t been mown in a month or so which made playing out of those conditions very interesting, to say the least. Kirsty wasn’t able to compress the ball the way she would have liked which made it difficult to shoot good scores. Her weekend scores were 79 and 78. Kirsty still walked away with her head held high, as not only was the playing conditions a great learning experience, she was able to take away some positives as well as some things to work on. To be great at what we do, one never stops learning. This wasn’t the outcome she would have wanted but she has come out a much wiser person, which can only be of benefit for her game.
UCLA MATCHPLAY TOURNAMENT:
This tournament saw the girls fly into LA playing Brentwood Country Club. Colorado seeded as #6 team played their first match against Georgia seeded #3. Kirsty, representing Colorado played Georgia’s top ranked player (who is ranked top ten in the world) going down 2/1 with both players playing exceptional golf. WELL DONE KIRSTY!!!
Second round saw Colorado up against #2 seed UCLA. KIRSTY’s opponent was well and truly on her game being 6 under for 12 holes. Unfortunately Kirsty wasn’t able to match her play going down 7/6. Colorado was placed in the first consolation bracket against #4 seed Purdue. Kirsty’s match went right down to the wire with Kirsty winning 1up on the last hole after being 3 down with 4 to play. What a fantastic accomplishment. And, we all know the game of golf is a game that is never over until it’s over. Colorado was placed third for the tournament, which made all the girls representing the team ecstatic. Well done Kirsty and Colorado.
KAPALUA GOLF COURSE CHALLENGES KIRSTY:
Over the spring break Kirsty played the Kapalua Golf Course in Maui, Hawaii. At least the picture perfect weather conditions took away from the challenges of a very hilly golf course. Kirsty carded scores of 74, 75, 74 to finish tied 18th alongside another Australian at Colorado, Robyn Choi. As a team they finished fourth, managing to beat the number one ranked team in the nation – Stanford. WELL DONE GIRLS!!!
KIRSTY OFF TO TUCSON, ARIZONA:
This tournament we saw Kirsty heading to PAC-12 Conference Championships. The final result for the team was their best ever conference finish in program history, finishing 2nd. They beat four ranked top twenty schools and lost only to UCLA. Individually Kirsty had two very good days (74,70) and one bad day which she is keeping that score close to her chest. Overall she finished 16th. Kirsty was also named in PAC-12 honourable mention team, which is picked by coaches and consists of the top golfers in the conference. For Kirsty, this was an absolute honour to be selected and we, at Goodstart are overjoyed with the news.
Second place finish sees them move onto post season play starting with NCAA regional finals. Then the top six teams from each regional site moves onto nationals.
Unfortunately Colorado missed out making the nationals by 1 shot. This was undoubtedly devastating, but the positive that came from this is the team learnt so much from the final day of regionals and in-turn will make them all better golfers and a stronger team. Individually, Kirsty finished inside the top 20 with scores of 81, 72, 73 (tough first day). With the exception of a couple of tough rounds this past year Kirsty has played impressive and sublime golf. Because of her consistent play she has made her own mark in college golf, people know her name and as Kirsty says “she can’t wait to prove herself again and again over the next three years’. Through hard work and dedication Kirsty will achieve her goals. We are delighted with your achievements.
KIRSTY HEADS BACK TO COLORADO:
We have had the privilege of Kirsty’s presence back home in Australia for July/early August. She has had some well earned R&R, given her time to assist with the Redcliffe Sub-Juniors saturday afternoons, played in a couple of Pro-Am’s, and might I say played extremely well. Within days Kirsty will head back to Colorado for the remainder of her college year (ooh, lots of study) along with preparing for her next tournament late August when she plays the Colorado Women’s Open as an individual.
We will all be here cheering you on, thinking “keep your head down, and from there you know the rest”. GOOD LUCK KIRSTY!!! May your final college results be everything you want them to be and your golfing career come on leaps and bounds.