Kirk (-22) wins inaugural Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic

ONEIDA, Wis. (WBAY) - The Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic creates drama, but in the end, the winner is the golfer who sat atop the leaderboard the last 3 days.

Australian Katherine Kirk came to the 18th hole with a 1-stroke lead. South African Ashleigh Buhai gave herself a good look at birdie to tie it.

But before Buhai could sink that birdie putt (she would), Kirk made a longer birdie putt herself to win by a single stroke.

Kirk finished at 22-under par and Buhai at -21.

Behind Kirk and Buhai, Sei Young Kim fired a 63 to finish in 3rd place at -20. And Pornanong Phatnum shot the round of the tournament, a 10-under par 62 to finish in 4th place at -19.

“Winning out here is hard,” said Kirk, who won for the first time since 2010. “I mean it's gotten a lot harder than when I first did it that's for sure. We've got so much talent out here and I think I'm like the 15th-oldest player on the tour. I'm certain if you're looking at age, it's more in favor of the younger generation. Hard work pays off, that's all I can say. I'm grateful for the opportunity to still be playing.”