HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. (AP) — She’s 44, had both hips replaced within the last two years and hasn’t won a tournament since 1992.
So, why in the world is Kris Tschetter still playing on the LPGA Tour?
“I just love it, I really do,” Tschetter said Friday. “Being injured makes you appreciate it more and want it more. I don’t think I’ve ever really felt burned out on golf. I’ve always wanted more, and I just feel like I have some good golf in me.”
Tschetter has proven that this week. After opening with a 70 on Thursday, she was 5 under for the tournament Friday before closing with a bogey and double bogey for a 72 and 142 total, six strokes behind leader Anna Nordqvist.
“That was painful,” Tschetter said of her finish. “But it’s good to be back playing, making some putts.”
Despite the tough finish, Tschetter was still smiling after signing the scorecard with her 6-year-old daughter, Lainey, in her lap. Compared to her previous performances this year – three missed cuts, 47th, 62nd and 65th – Tschetter was playing marvelously.
“The latest comeback has taken me longer to get my distance back, my speed back,” she said.
Tschetter had her left rip replaced in the summer of 2007 and had her right hip replaced last November. That evidently won’t be enough to convince her to make a career change.
“I’m starting to feel better and I really feel like I have some good golf left in me,” she said. “I’ve got lofty goals. I want to play well, compete, and get myself in the game against these young kids born in the ’90s!”
SPORTS BUFF: Growing up in Australia, Katherine Hull participated in just about every sport imaginable before finally deciding to making a living at playing golf.
“I started with gymnastics, swimming, track and field, tennis, water polo, netball, which is kind of our girlie version of basketball, touch football, cricket,” she said.
When she was 12, her father invited her to play a round of golf. That changed everything.
“I just got hooked instantly,” Hull recalled. “He used to take me out every afternoon after school and we would practice and play together.”
Hull still dabbles in a couple of other sports – when time permits.
“On the road, actually I like to play tennis and basketball with a few of the girls out here,” she said. “But it’s kind of hard to juggle that sometimes.”
ONE AND DONE: Two players withdrew from the tournament before the start of the second round, neither of whom had a realistic chance of making the cut.
Sophie Giguel of France pulled out after shooting a 78, making it 34 career tournaments without a top-10 finish.
Brazilian Angela Park called it quits after carding two triple bogeys and a pair of double bogeys en route to an 83. Park began her round with a birdie, but had three 7s on the front nine and made the turn at 9 over.
Officials in the tournament media center could not provide reasons for the players’ withdrawals.