BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Katherine Kirk waited until the last minute to get a spot in the U.S. Women’s Open.
Faced with a win-or-else situation last week at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, the 35-year-old Australian won for the first time since 2010 to earn an automatic invitation to the biggest event in women’s golf.
The one-stroke victory only started the fun on Sunday.
Kirk suddenly had to find a way to get her and her caddie from the resort near Green Bay, Wisconsin, to northern New Jersey. She ended up driving to Chicago on Sunday night, catching a flight to New Jersey on Monday and then finding her way to Trump National Golf Club.
Kirk had intended to back home to Wichita, Kansas, for a week off. Her caddie had to cancel a trip to Spain.
“I don’t know if it has totally sunk in yet because I literally had to make that shift into: ‘OK, let’s get into that…