By Bill Van Smith 

A long time has passed since Cristie Kerr played golf at Miami Sunset High — some 20 years.

It was during the mid-1990s when Kerr attended Sunset and thought she would not be able to compete, because there was no girls’ golf team at the school. Fortunately for Kerr, the school’s golf coach, athletic director and principal decided that entire situation was grossly unfair, so they plotted a way to circumvent existing rules.

They added Kerr to the boys’ team, and there were no regulations to prevent them from doing just that.

Kerr became the No. 1 golfer for the Knights and defeated most of the male opponents she competed against.

That was the start of a career that has included 18 LPGA Tour championships.

And the past three months have been a highlight of that career, with Kerr winning the CME Group Tour Championship two weekends ago, and before that in September traveling to Germany to help the United States capture the Solheim Cup against Europe by going 3-0-1 in her matches. She was a huge part of the United States’ dramatic 14 1/2-13 1/2 triumph, staging the biggest final-day comeback in the event’s history.

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