Sarah Kemp – file photo LET
NSW golfer Sarah Kemp has yet to win on the LPGA Tour but she has shown in 2021 that such a milestone is not beyond her and that has been further confirmed by the 35 year old taking the lead through 36 holes of the Pure Silk Championship in Virginia.
Kemp’s second round of 67 has her one ahead of Ana Belac, Stacy Lewis and Jessica Korda and she looks to improve on her current best finish on the LPGA Tour when runner-up at the 2019 Vic Open.
Kemp finished 5th in the opening event of the 2021 which was her best finish on the LPGA Tour in the US but since then she has been no better then 34th in four further starts.
“It was great,” said Kemp. “I slept great, had a really good warmup and I just felt really good.
“Sometimes you just feel like you’re going to play well, and it was one of those days. Hit some great shots. Made some putts. I didn’t miss a whole lot of fairways. Probably had under 30 putts, and that leads to 4-under. So it was very good.
“I really turned my putting around at the end of last year. I worked really hard. I was annoyed because I had hit the ball great for a couple years and I just didn’t convert the opportunities.
“At the end of last year I worked really hard on my pace and that’s probably — like today, the pace of my putts has been really good. I’m getting it three foot past, which I like. That’s a good putt. Have a go.
“So just putting really, because I feel like I’ve hit the ball the same for a couple years now.”
Katherine Kirk is the next best of the Australians in a share of 10th place and three from Kemp’s lead.
Sarah Jane Smith was the only other Australian to make the cut when she finished the opening 36 holes in 47th place.