Canadian golfer Kirby gearing up for LPGA Q-school

The last time Jennifer Kirkby played the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic she was an amateur. When...

The last time Jennifer Kirkby played the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic she was an amateur. When she tees it up this week at Grey Silo in Waterloo, it will be as a pro. But she says her goal hasn't changed: To do as good as she can. (Ian MacAlpine/QMI Agency Files)

IAN HUTCHINSON, For QMI Agency

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A lot has changed in the past year since Jennifer Kirby last teed it up at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, but the 22-year-old from Paris, Ont., says her goals are still the same going into this year’s event, which gets underway this week at Grey Silo in Waterloo.

“In other years that I played as an amateur, I loved being there and I loved the experience, but I think that this year, I’ll definitely feel more comfortable, more like I’m supposed to be there. I have just as much right as anyone else to be there competing for the money,” she said.

The 2009 Canadian amateur and junior champion always deserved the right to be competing, but not surprisingly, one of this country’s outstanding prospects made the decision to turn pro after her collegiate career concluded at Alabama.

It was with the Crimson Tide that Kirby was a key member of a team that won the NCAA Division I championship in 2012, but she felt something was missing in her senior year.


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