Date: February 04, 2007
Author: Luke Buttigieg

Hull tears around Royal Sydney

By Luke Buttigieg Eventual champion Karrie Webb wasn&apost the only Queenslander grabbing headlines on the final day of the MFS Women&aposs Australian Open at Royal Sydney, with Katherine Hull shooting the lights out on the back nine. After rounds of 72, 75 and 77 on the first three days, 24-year-old Hull had given no indication of what was to come on Sunday, when she sizzled around the course with eight birdies and just a single bogey. A dual winner on the secondary US Futures Tour in 2003, Hull moved to plus seven overall at the turn with birdies at the fourth and seventh holes and the bogey at the par-four ninth. The lone dropped shot was quickly forgotten though when Hull birdied the 10th hole and from the 13th onwards the Pepperdine University graduate made birdies at every hole coming in apart from the 14th. “The final four holes were kind of nice, the putter got hot and there&aposs not much else you can do but hope it goes in so it was a nice finish,” three-time Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour winner Hull said. Set to contest next week&aposs ANZ Ladies Masters at Royal Pines before she heads back to the US for another year on the LPGA Tour, having had to go back to the qualifying school late last year, Hull says her time at Pepperdine has played a big role in her career. “I wanted to go over there and get an education and try and get a bit of golf experience at the same time and was fortunate enough to get a scholarship in California,” added Hull, who graduated with a BA in Sports Administration. “I had an absolute ball, loved every minute of it and it was a perfect stepping stone for me to try the pro ranks, so if I had my choice I would do it all the same.” One aspect that her college days didn&apost prepare her for was having to be responsible for her own affairs, including working out what tournaments to play in and booking flights and accommodation. But having got &aposthe hang of it after a while&apos, Hull is looking forward to her return to the United States, and expects plenty from both herself and her fellow Australians in coming years. “It&aposs nice to have a national championship back, we&aposve got a lot of talented young Aussies now, I think there&aposs about probably 60 pros and a lot of us play overseas,” Hull said. “It&aposs good to see for a small country we&aposre doing so well.”