Cristie Kerr is passionate about her campaign against cancer.
That’s why she traveled all the way to France to compete last week to compete in the Ladies French Open on the LET (Ladies European Tour).
The tournament honored the memory of Cassandra Kirkland, an LET winner who died of lung cancer at age 32 earlier this year. Several players donated money for each birdie they made to help fund the event’s cancer charity, with Kerr donating $5,000.
All Kerr did at the Golf de Chantaco was go wire-to-wire for her first victory on that circuit. She made her intentions known early, opening with rounds of 62-64.
Kerr, who turns 40 on Thursday, also was playing with a heavy heart after learning of the death of Peggy Kuehne, the mother of a trio of USGA champions, Trip, Hank and Kelli Kuehne, who passed from cancer.
“I’ve been having an angel on my shoulder all week,” Kerr said. “I was on a mission, and I got it done for them.”
Cancer angers Kerr so much that she dropped a couple of “F-Bombs” in her victory news conference, including “F&%# cancer!”
Good for her.
Kerr closed with a 69 on Sunday that gave her a four-stroke victory over Xi Yu Lin of China. “I’m so sorry to say the F-word, but I’m so sick of people losing people to cancer,” she said.
No need to apologize for that.
Kerr won earlier this year on the LPGA Tour and will play in this week’s LPGA event in South Korea.