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Like father, like
daughter for Kerr's
of Colorado women's golfer Erin Kerr was the first CU player to advance
to an NCAA Regional, doing so in 2002 and 2003 while bettering a dozen
school records along the way. She finished in a tie for 15th place at the
2002 NCAA Regional with a three-round stroke total of 223. Kerr completed
her CU career at the 2003 NCAA Regional, tying for 48th place with a 15-over
par 231. Her father, Steve Kerr, lettered in golf for the Buffs in the
late 1970's, making the duo the first father-daughter tandem in school
history to play the same sport for CU. (Keyed in byAllison Gomez, Student
Assistant Sports Information Director, on March 3, 2004).
Kerr was CU's first ever women's golfer to participate in an
NCAA Regional event.
Denver Post Sports Writer
before she became the only University of Colorado women’s golfer to qualify for this weekend’s
NCAA regional tournament at Stanford, Erin Kerr proudly carried
a singular distinction
in her golf bag.
According to CU’s sports information department, Kerr and
her father, Steve, are the first father-daughter duo in school history
to play the same sport for
Steve Kerr played for the Buffs in the late 1970s on a roster that
U.S. Open champion Steve Jones.
He also played with fellow CU alumni Tom Woodard, a former PGA Tour player
who is the director of golf for the City of Denver, and Mark Crabtree, a former
State coach now at the University of Louisville.
That was cool, Kerr said in a recent telephone interview from his home in Phoenix.
But… “this is
way cool. I can’t tell you how proud I am of
What makes it so special, he said, is that it all came together on a second
chance. Erin Kerr started her career at the University of California, but
when she was
slow to recover from a back in jury suffered in a minor automobile accident,
she decided to transfer to CU.
“Being a CU alum, I wanted her to go to CU, but I didn’t force the
issue,” said Steve Kerr, who works in corporate finance in the Phoenix
area. “Then she hurt her back and it wouldn’t heal, and things kind
of went sour, so she decided to transfer, and I couldn’t have been happier.
We finally got it rehabbed and qualified for the U.S. Amateur for the last couple
of years, was the low amateur at the Colorado Women’s Open last year…and
shot a 68 in the final round at Valley (Country Club), and that kind of convinced
her that she could play against some tough competition on some tough courses.”
At CU, Erin quickly became the Buffs’ No. 1 player during the past
two seasons, carrying a 76.1-stroke average into the regional tournament
“No, sir, I don’t take any credit for that,” Steve Kerr said. “I’ve
been her only teacher, but that kid has terrific skills she developed herself
and she’s turned into a really hard worker.”
If her dad doesn’t deserve all the credit, he deserves most of it.
“My dad built my game,” Erin Kerr said. “I was just 6 years
old when I started going to the driving range at Overland Park (in Denver) with
him. It was the way we spent most of our time together. We went every weekend,
but I really didn’t get into it until I got to high school (Xavier
Prep in Phoenix) when I realized that I was probably good enough to start
about doing it for a living.”
But for now, she said, her goals are to make it to the NCAA finals later
this month, and to beat her dad sometime between now and then.
“He’s coming to Palo Alto (Calif.), so maybe we can play a practice
round together,” she said. “But he’s still a great player,
so that doesn’t happen very often. He doesn’t let it happen very
The first time it happened is forever etched in Steve Kerr’s memory.
“I’ll never forget it,” he said. “We were are Whisper
Rock, an extremely difficult course in Phoenix, and I was 3-over going into
the last hole, a 515-yard par 5. I had to lay up and she had 218 to the middle
green. She knocked it up there and made the putt for eagle. I missed my putt
for birdie. She shot 74, I shot 75. That meant a lot to her because it was
the first time she kicked my butt. It meant a lot to me, too.”
That’s the way it looks to CU coach Anne Kelly, too. Not only does she
think Kerr will make it to the finals, she said the Rams and Pioneers can
“This is Erin’s first experience in NCAA postseason play, but she
has a lot of experience in tournament golf,” Kelly said. “So if she
just goes and plays her game, I think she has an excellent chance to make the
finals. She’s a very strong player. She can hit driver 280, so her power
definitely helps her, but the biggest thing is that she’s really become
a much better manager of her game over the last two seasons.
“With CSU and DU going, I wish we were taking the whole team, too, but
we didn’t play well at the conference tournament. That’s too
bad because I really think both CSU and DU have a chance to finish in that