Pratt stars on the bag
FORMER Mackay golfer Kylie Pratt was on the world stage on the weekend when she caddied South Korean Hee Young Park to her first LPGA crown.
Park held off Germany's Sandra Gal to win the season-ending $US1.5 million LPGA Titleholders tournament by two strokes at Orlando, Florida.
Park parred the final 10 holes in a two-under par 70 round to finish 72 holes on nine-under par 279 with Gal, who shared the lead with Park after 54 holes, firing a 72 to share second with American Paula Creamer on 281. Pratt has been caddying for Park for the last two years, her mother Dorothy of Mackay said yesterday.
"That girl (Park) has been playing well," Mrs Pratt said.
"It was only a matter of time before she won, it was sure to happen.
"Kylie's been caddying for her for two years, she goes all over the world with her."
Pratt, a sister of former international tennis player Nicole, started her golf in Mackay before attending college in the US in the late 1990s.
She competed in the Futures Golf Tour in the US in 2002.
Park took the $US500,000 top prize and a breakthrough victory in her fourth LPGA season.
The 24-year-old Asian jumped from 32nd into the top 12 on the season money list.
"It was difficult on the greens," Park said.
"Pin positions were tough. I did the same as in the other rounds, hit for the middle and get it or not get it in (for birdie)."
"A lot of people would say, 'Why can't you win?' Now I can say I can win any time," Park said.
"Dreams come true."
World No.2 Suzann Pettersen of Norway and South Korean Na Yeon Choi shared fourth on 282, one stroke ahead of Americans Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr and World No. 1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan.
Park had cracked the top-10 only twice all season until Sunday, but a third-at the Safeway Classic in August was enough to earn her a spot in the elite field for the season finale at Grand Cypress Resort.