Friday, October 31, 2008
Aussie Calendar: Kristie Smith
This is Kristie Smith's debut in the calendar world (as well as on Golf Babes), but you'll probably be seeing much more of her. She's a very accomplished Australian golfer with some big amateur wins on her resume, and who is now embarking on a professional career.
Kristie, who turned 20 earlier this year, plays in the Futures Tour qualifying tournament next week. But she has also made it into the LPGA's Q-School finals for the second straight year, and will attempt in December to earn a spot on the 2009 LPGA Tour.
Kristie grew up in a golf family; her father is a golf professional in Australia who played on the Oz pro tour circuit back in the day.
The year 2005 was Kristie's "coming out" on the Australian golf scene. She won several junior tournaments that year, and set a couple course records. She also become the youngest-ever winner of the Western Australia State Amateur Championship.
Prior to turning pro earlier this year, Kristie made 2008 her greatest amateur season, winning the Australian Women's Amateur Championship (25 years after her father won the men's amateur), plus the very prestigious North & South Amateur in the States. She was also low amateur in the Australia Open (where she tied for fifth), the New South Wales Open and the ANZ Ladies Masters.
The photo is, of course, from the 2009 Australian Women of Professional Golf Calendar.