Each week throughout the year we will spotlight one LPGA player and provide an in depth look into her life - both on and off the course. Up next in the "This week is all about..." series is Katherine Hull-Kirk. Be sure to read the latest buzz about Hull-Kirk.
Marriage makes for happy Hull
by Steve Zemek
N A new year and with a new name and renewed hope, Sunshine Coast golfer Katherine Hull-Kirk (nee Hull) is confident of rediscovering her form and aims to return to the US LPGA money list's top 20 this year.
Hull-Kirk will have her first hitout of the season at the Australian Ladies Masters, which starts at the Gold Coast on Friday.
The event at Royal Pines Resort will mark the first time the 30-year-old has competed under her new name following her marriage to Tom Kirk in August last year. More>>
Katherine Hull-Kirk's husband to caddie for her at the Ladies Masters on the Gold Coast
by Jim Tucker
KATHERINE Hull-Kirk once quipped she ditched seven caddies and seven putters in one year in search of the right feel.
That should make her husband Tom Kirk happy he is only carrying her bag for the three days of the Volvik Ladies Masters.
Relax. The upbeat Aussie golfer from the Sunshine Coast is certain she has far more than a perfect, nerve-calming caddie for the popular tournament at Royal Pines, starting tomorrow. More>>
Goetze-Ackerman, Hull to join WGCA Hall of Fame
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Vicki Goetze-Ackerman and Katherine Hull will be inducted into the Players Hall of Fame in December. Goetze-Ackerman played for Georgia and Hull played for Pepperdine.
Goetze-Ackerman came to Georgia as the most decorated junior golfer in U.S. history. Before she arrived on campus, Goetze-Ackerman already had claimed the 1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur title, low-am honors at two U.S. Women’s Opens, was a six-time AJGA All-American and was a three-time National Junior Golfer of the Year.
She won four or shared four titles as a freshman, including the 1992 NCAA Championship. She had to overtake Arizona’s Annika Sorenstam to do it. After winning a second U.S. Amateur crown and finishing as low am at the U.S. Women’s Open for a third time in the summer of 1992, she returned to Georgia and won three more titles. Her seven individual victories is a school record that still stands. More>>
Hull finds a home in Wichita
This is one for the chamber of commerce.
The Australian girl grew up in a beach community and loved to surf. She came to the United States for college and attended Pepperdine, in Malibu, Calif., where students can hear the waves of the Pacific Ocean crashing against rocks.
Golf, her passion, has taken her all over the world, to places the rest of us only see on maps.
And yet — yet — Katherine Hull calls herself a Wichitan. If that's not a boost to the city's ego, I don't know what is.
While she was winning the 2001 Women's Amateur at Flint Hills National, Hull stayed with Tom and Cindy Kirk and their two boys. Everyone clicked and Hull continued to stay with the Kirk family when she had a break in golf and school. More>>
Game now a Hull of a lot better
by Peter Stone
A COUPLE of years ago, Katherine Hull was the 12th ranked player in the world. She was at peace with herself and her game and her bubbling personality infected those around her. Last year all that changed as she played with a heavy heart as she - to put it simply - had a "man issue".
Her performance on the LPGA Tour reflected her mental state. She also had a back injury.
Hull played 18 LPGA tournaments with just one top 10 - tied sixth in the Avnet LPGA Classic - and earned just $US137,000 for the year, which was $US650,000 less than the previous year.
Hull's caddie, Irishman Vern Tess, could see her ripping herself apart over her personal issues and, rather than observe the last of the three golden rules of caddying - turn up, keep up and shut up - he spoke his mind. More>>