Katherine Kirk of Australia has won 11 times as a professional, with three of those victories on the LPGA Tour -- including this season at the Thornberry Creek in Wisconsin that allowed her to end a seven-year absence from the winner's circle. Kirk took a few minutes in preparation for this week's LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in South Korea to answer a handful of questions.
Q: Who got you started in golf and how did they influence you?
A: My dad got me started when I was 12 after he'd been playing for a couple of years. He taught me the basics and then had me join a junior clinic at his golf club. We had a couple of veteran members of the club that helped us out with course etiquette and course management and were a big influence on me and helped me enjoy the game.
Q: What's your favorite golf memory?
A: One of my early ones was playing with my dad and my grandfather, who played until he was 85. He wasn't a very good golfer but he enjoyed it. It was a great bonding experience and a fond memory. Then, of course, winning out on the LPGA Tour is pretty special. There is more to this game than winning and I have certainly seen countries and places I would never have been able to if it weren't for golf.
Q: What's your favorite activity outside of golf?
A: I enjoy fishing and cooking -- I'm not very good at either but I enjoy them. I like hiking, too, but finding the time is very difficult. Thankfully my husband enjoys those activities as well, so we can do them together.
Q: What's the best shot you ever hit?
A: I've had three holes-in-ones in competition, but I would say that the shot I hit on the 18th hole on the final day at Thornberry Creek this year was the best because I made it under pressure. I had to draw the shot around a tree, and I hit it as well as I could. It set up a birdie that helped me win the tournament -- it was a 7-iron of about 160 yards.
Q: If you could change or improve one thing in your golf game, what would it be?
A: I would like to improve my short game -- I don't think you can ever master it. You could spend eight hours a day working on it and it still wouldn't be enough.
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