Kemp “can’t wait” for Queens Cup
Sarah Kemp has spent the past ten years globetrotting, travelling the world chasing her dream as a professional tour player. She has spent the past 8 years competing against the best women players on the planet, applying her trade on the toughest women’s tour in the world, the US$63million US LPGA Tour.
Next week in Japan, alongside 8 of her ALPG compatriots Sarah Kemp will fulfil a lifelong dream, to represent her country as a professional.
Kemp is one of 9 professionals who will represent the ALPG Tour and Australia in the “Queens Cup by Kowa”, a three day match play teams event played alongside three of the powerhouses of women’s golf, the LPGA of Japan, the Korean LPGA and the Ladies European Tour (LET).
Previously this event has been an annual event between the JLPGA and the KLPGA, for the first time next week the event will include the LET and the ALPG.
Kemp was the leading amateur player in Australia prior to chasing the dollars and her dream of playing as a professional, representing Australia on multiple occasions alongside teammates Nikki Garret and Sarah Jane Smith. Kemp is extremely proud of her impressive amateur record and feels that both herself and her teammates may have an advantage over some of their competitors having played a lot of matchplay tournaments as amateurs.
“Matchplay is so different to stroke play, we know that on any day any player can beat any opponent, we have seen this watching Ryder and Solheim Cups over the years. We may be the underdogs on paper but we will give one hundred percent and see what happens at the end of the week.”
“I am beyond excited about representing my country and tour next week in Japan. As a professional these opportunities do not come around very often and I am pumped about the week as are my teammates. Having Rachel Hetherington, a legend of the game as our captain just makes the week even more exciting and special. Rachel went head to head with world number 1 Annika Sorenstam in three playoffs on the LPGA Tour and won all of them so I am sure that we will all feed of those stories and will be ready to go against whoever we are paired against”
Hetherington is without question Australia’s second most successful player behind her good friend and rival, the great Karrie Webb. Unfortunately she spent the majority of her sixteen year career competing on the LPGA Tour at the same time and somewhat in the shadow of Webb and legend Sorenstam.
ALPG Tour Executive Director Karen Lunn said “Rachel is probably the most underrated golfer in Australian history. Her achievements on the LPGA Tour at a time when Karrie and Annika were completely dominating were never really appreciated by the golfing media or public here in Australia. The fact that she can boast 3 playoff victories against Sorenstam says a lot about her mental strength and character”
ALPG Team: Rachel Hetherington (Playing Captain)
Sarah Jane Smith
The tournament starts on Friday 4th December, please keep tuned to http://www.alpg.com.au for more stories and information.