Katherine Kirk was noticeably disappointed when she blasted her second shot on 18 into the front greenside bunker. Not so much five minutes later when she blasted the 23-yard bunker shot into the hole, setting off a celebration in the stands, a high five with her playing partners and up to the leaderboard to 8-under-par for the tournament.
“I hit a little gap wedge up there. I didn’t see where it landed, but saw it catch the edge at the last minute and drop in,” she said.
Her third-round 68 (-3) has her five back of Lizette Salas heading into the final round but she’s been in this position before and came back. Her first career win at the 2008 Canadian Women’s Open, she was six back of the lead when a final round 69 was enough to get the win.
“It’s going to be very tough [to catch Salas]. Yeah, I mean, there are birdies out here and it is a crazy game,” she said.
She never expected to have a chance in 2008 at the Canadian either but before she knew it, she was atop the leaderboard and holding the trophy. She’s got good mojo to draw on at this golf course, too, with the only double eagle recorded in the tournament’s history in 2008 at the 7th hole.
“I’ve played this golf course maybe 10 times now, so I feel comfortable on it,” Kirk said. “It’s playing a little bit different this year than past years. Usually it’s wetter and slower. It’s a bit drier and faster this year, so it’s nice.”