Queen of golf drama reigns

Kerr wins Poverty Bay women's open on the 19th

Kerr wins Poverty Bay women's open on the 19th

Jo Kerr

JO Kerr is something of a “drama queen” when it comes to finals. Not in the melodramatic, overly emotional sense; rather in the nail-biting way she has gone about achieving the biggest wins of her golfing career. The Poverty Bay women’s open on Tuesday and Wednesday was no different.

Joint Poverty Bay/Gisborne Park member Kerr claimed her maiden McFadyen Cup Group 1 title with a 19th-hole victory over Park player Karen McDonald.

There were never more than two holes between the pair but when it came to the business end of the exchange, Kerr’s mettle proved superior.

It was not the case earlier in the round. She was 2-up after four holes but “it all turned to custard” for a spell that included pick-up concessions on the fifth and seventh holes.

McDonald also won the sixth with a birdie-2 and hit the halfway mark 1-up. A win apiece, followed by a stream of halves, had McDonald 1-up playing 16.

Kerr wiped out the deficit only to hand it back with a 17th-hole performance she described simply as “bad golf”.

Six-foot par putt: no problem

Needing to win the 18th to stay alive, Kerr nailed a six-foot par putt to McDonald’s bogey to force sudden death. It all went wrong for McDonald after she played two solid shots down the par-5 first.

With a tree near the green obscuring her path, McDonald was a little uncertain how to play her third shot. She duffed it, left her fourth shot short of the green then went through the back and ended up making double-bogey 7. Kerr was on the right side of the green — the pin was cut left — for three and a three-putt bogey was good enough for the victory.

“It was a great match between a couple of good friends,” she said.

Kerr has been on the right side of a couple of close encounters when it comes to the big tournaments.

On a roll

She won the 2012 Gisborne Park women’s open in a 20-hole battle with Karen Hay and last year beat Gay Young on the 36th hole to secure her second Poverty Bay senior women’s club championship crown.

The eight-handicapper’s path to Wednesday’s final was cruisy in comparison — 12th-hole wins against Lynne Holmberg and Jan Utting.

McDonald, who won the title in 2014 and was runner-up last year, beat Marg Colebourne on hthe 16th hole in her semifinal. Mary Allan won the Sandown Salver Group 2 title, beating Viv Bell on the 18th.

Peri Gayford collected a first group win at the open, defeating Teresa Lewis 3 and 2 in the Awapuni Salver Group 3 final.

Anne Thomas won the Tatapouri Salver 27-hole division. She beat Vicki Fraser on the ninth hole of their nine-hole final.

JO Kerr is something of a “drama queen” when it comes to finals. Not in the melodramatic, overly emotional sense; rather in the nail-biting way she has gone about achieving the biggest wins of her golfing career. The Poverty Bay women’s open on Tuesday and Wednesday was no different.

Joint Poverty Bay/Gisborne Park member Kerr claimed her maiden McFadyen Cup Group 1 title with a 19th-hole victory over Park player Karen McDonald.

There were never more than two holes between the pair but when it came to the business end of the exchange, Kerr’s mettle proved superior.

It was not the case earlier in the round. She was 2-up after four holes but “it all turned to custard” for a spell that included pick-up concessions on the fifth and seventh holes.

McDonald also won the sixth with a birdie-2 and hit the halfway mark 1-up. A win apiece, followed by a stream of halves, had McDonald 1-up playing 16.

Kerr wiped out the deficit only to hand it back with a 17th-hole performance she described simply as “bad golf”.

Six-foot par putt: no problem

Needing to win the 18th to stay alive, Kerr nailed a six-foot par putt to McDonald’s bogey to force sudden death. It all went wrong for McDonald after she played two solid shots down the par-5 first.

With a tree near the green obscuring her path, McDonald was a little uncertain how to play her third shot. She duffed it, left her fourth shot short of the green then went through the back and ended up making double-bogey 7. Kerr was on the right side of the green — the pin was cut left — for three and a three-putt bogey was good enough for the victory.

“It was a great match between a couple of good friends,” she said.

Kerr has been on the right side of a couple of close encounters when it comes to the big tournaments.

On a roll

She won the 2012 Gisborne Park women’s open in a 20-hole battle with Karen Hay and last year beat Gay Young on the 36th hole to secure her second Poverty Bay senior women’s club championship crown.

The eight-handicapper’s path to Wednesday’s final was cruisy in comparison — 12th-hole wins against Lynne Holmberg and Jan Utting.

McDonald, who won the title in 2014 and was runner-up last year, beat Marg Colebourne on hthe 16th hole in her semifinal. Mary Allan won the Sandown Salver Group 2 title, beating Viv Bell on the 18th.

Peri Gayford collected a first group win at the open, defeating Teresa Lewis 3 and 2 in the Awapuni Salver Group 3 final.

Anne Thomas won the Tatapouri Salver 27-hole division. She beat Vicki Fraser on the ninth hole of their nine-hole final.

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