LPGA Tour News: 2022 Kroger Queen City Championship presented by P&G – First-Round Notes; fighting to keep her tour card, always-smiling Sarah Kemp in contention tied for 3rd

Kroger Queen City Championship presented by P&G

Kenwood Country Club (Kendale Course) | Cincinnati, Ohio | Sept. 8-11, 2022

First-Round Notes

Sept. 8, 2022

Course Setup: 36-36—72; 6,288 yards (Scoring Average: R1: 71.807)

Weather: Dry weather with mostly sunny skies early becoming partly cloudy, with light winds from the NE and highs reaching near 80F this afternoon

Sarah Kemp
Sarah Kemp 9 8 2022 1st Round LPGA Kroger Queen City Championship.mp3

THE SMILING GRIT OF SARAH KEMP

It doesn’t matter if you see her fighting for the lead at an LPGA Tour event or grinding over a 4-footer for birdie to beat me at Orange Tree, her home club in Orlando where she lives just left of the 10th fairway with her wife Lisa Cornwell: Sarah Kemp will always wear the kind of broad and infectious smile that you end up mimicking, whether you mean to or not.

Whether she is up and down, having the year of her career or struggling to keep her card, Kempy, as she is known to everyone in the game, always wears that smile while displaying relentless grit, battling week after week, season after season. Her demeanor presents the kind of dichotomy that makes you lean in and want to learn more.

She is like a grinning bull terrier – adorable, athletic, and aggressive enough to take off a couple of your fingers if you get too cozy.

On Thursday at the Kroger Queen City Championship presented by P&G, needing to good week to improve her position in the Race to the CME Globe, Kempy fired an opening 66 to put her in a good spot with 54 holes remaining this week and only five more domestic events on the calendar before the CME Group Tour Championship.

“I just hit it really solid,” she said. “I had a lot of wedges that I hit inside ten feet and I made them. I don’t think I holed a putt over maybe 16 feet today, so I hit it really solid. I had a lot of good looks and I rolled them in.”

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TV TIMES (all times Eastern on Golf Channel)

Friday, September 9 – 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 10 – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, September 11 – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

STREAMING TIMES (all times Eastern on NBCSports.comGolfChannel.com and NBC Sports App)

Friday, September 9 – 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 10 – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, September 11 – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

ESPN+ FEATURED GROUP STREAMING TIMES

Friday Featured Groups

Lexi Thompson/Jessica Korda/Atthaya Thitikul | 8:36 a.m. ET

Pavarisa Yoktuan/Jennifer Kupcho/Ashleigh Buhai | 8:47 a.m. ET

Marina Alex/Alison Lee/Gaby Lopez | 1:14 p.m. ET

Anna Nordqvist/Harigae/Khang | 1:25 p.m. ET

*ESPN+ coverage of Saturday and Sunday rounds will follow a similar schedule, determined when pairings and tee times are announced.

COURTESY LPGA TOUR COMMUNICATIONS

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