We meet Aussie Sarah Kemp in the last of our series of player profiles leading up to next week's New Zealand Women's Open at the Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch.
Kemp came close to winning the event in 2010 at Pegasus when she finished joint-runner up to England's Laura Davies by two shots after leading the tournament heading into the final round.
She wants to breakthrough at the tournament that she has contended consistently since the inaugural event in 2009 at the Clearwater Golf Club.
Q: What do you enjoy about the NZ Women's Open?
Sarah Kemp: I don't know why but I feel very comfortable in Christchurch and I really like the Clearwater Golf Club. I have some good memories from a few years ago at Pegasus when I finished second. I also like the layout at Clearwater. It is a harder challenge than Pegasus. The front nine is where you can do a lot of your scoring and the back is a good test especially when the wind gets up which is always a factor in this tournament. I am not too fazed about playing in strong winds. If you can't play in the wind then it's going to be a long week.
Q: As a local player, what does it mean to have events like this on the ALPG (Australian tour)?
A: It is not only important for us but it is really important for Christchurch. It is great for women's golf in this part of the world. Having big tournaments like this in New Zealand and Australia is really important in growing the game. There have been five championships so far and every year this tournament gets better and better.
Q: You mentioned Christchurch, what was the feeling like to be almost in the city when the 2011 earthquakes hit?
A: It was pretty scary and shocking to have missed it by only two days. That was an eerie feeling. It is incredible that the event is still going ahead. I have been really impressed by the resolve of the people of Christchurch. We pro golfers have it pretty easy so it's a nice chance to give something back and hopefully by us playing in a golf tournament we can put a few smiles on people's faces.
Q: How would you sum up where you are with your career right now?
A: It's ok where I am right now but I definitely want to get to a higher level in my game. I started my professional career really well and I had a lot of momentum but I feel like I haven't really kicked on. It is time for me to do something special again. Hopefully that happens at the NZ Open. I have played over here a lot and it's a tournament I would love to win.
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