2012 CN Canadian Women’s OpenAugust 26, 2012
Final Round Recap
AMATEUR SENSATION LYDIA KO WINS 2012 CN CANADIAN WOMEN’S OPEN
- World’s top-ranked amateur becomes youngest winner in LPGA Tour history;
Oakville, Ont.’s Jessica Shepley earns low Canadian honors;
Coquitlam, B.C. (Golf Canada) – Amateur sensation Lydia Ko carded a final round 5-under par 67 to win the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open at The Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, B.C.
Entering the day atop the leaderboard with a single stroke advantage over Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Chella Choi and Jiyai Shin, Ko, the top-ranked amateur in the world and the reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, converted seven birdies and posted just two bogeys on Sunday, en route to posting a four-day tally of 13-under par 275 for a three-stroke win over Park, who finished solo second at 10-under par 278.
Ko is the first amateur in tournament history to win Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship title. She also claimed the Marlene Stewart Streit low amateur medal as the tournament’s top amateur.
“It’s great to win, and the last few holes it got a bit nerve-wracking, but Stacy Lewis after my birdie on 15, she said, you know you can do it,” said Ko, who earned a berth in the LPGA Tour’s season-ending CME Group Titleholders event with the win. “It feels amazing…It’s always awesome to be able to play with the pros.”
At 15 years, 4 months and 2 days, Ko becomes the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history, eclipsing the previous mark set by Lexi Thompson, who was 16 years, 8 months and 8 days when she won the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic. She also becomes only the fifth amateur in LPGA Tour history to win an official event and the first in more than 40 years, the last being JoAnne Carner, who claimed the 1969 Burdine’s Invitational.
The victory is Ko’s second win at a professional event in 2012. She won the New South Wales Open on the Australian LPGA (ALPG) in January to become the youngest winner in history on a professional golf tour at the age of 14 years, 9 months and 5 days. That record was eclipsed in June by Team Canada Development Squad member Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. Henderson bested the field at a CN Canadian Women’s Tour event in Beloeil, Que. at 14 years, 9 months and 3 days.
As an amateur, Ko was unable to accept the $300,000 winners’ cheque, which was awarded to Park as the second place finisher.
Shin, Chella Choi and Na Yeon Choi finished T3 at 8-under par 280, five strokes off the lead.
Jessica Shepley of Oakville, Ont. finished T41 and earned the Sandra Post medal as the Championship’s low Canadian for the second consecutive year with a score of 2-over par 290. Of the 15 Canadians in the initial player field, Shepley was the lone competitor to qualify for weekend play.
“I think it just shows how much I love this country and I love playing here, and in front of my family and friends,” said Shepley. “It’s always good when you play well in your home country. It’s always been a good confidence booster for me to come out west. I love it out here.”
The 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Open will be contested next August at Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton.
THE FOLLOWING ARE FINAL CANADIAN SCORES FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 26TH, 2012:
T41 – Jessica Shepley – 73-74-70-73, 290, +2
T77 – Lorie Kane – 72-76-148, +4
T86 – Samantha Richdale – 77-72-149, +5
T86 – Rebecca Lee-Bentham – 75-74-149, +5
T100 – (a) Natalie Gleadall – 78-72-150, +6
T100 – Isabelle Beisiegel – 76-74-150, +6
T115 – Alena Sharp – 75-76-151, +7
T123 – (a) Christine Wong – 79-73-152, +8
T128 – (a) Brooke Henderson – 77-76-153, +9
T128 – Kirby Dreher – 75-78-153, +9
T128 – (a) Augusta James – 75-78-153, +9
T133 – Sara-Maude Juneau – 81-73-154, +10
T139 – (a) Jisoo Keel – 77-78-155, +11
T148 – (a) Brittany Marchand – 80-77-157, +13
152 – (a) A Ram Choi – 84-77-161, +17
Third Round Recap
Amateur Lydia Ko Hangs on to Lead Heading Into Final Round
Coquitlam, B.C. (Golf Canada) – Amateur sensation Lydia Ko carded a third-round even-par 72 to lead the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open at The Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, B.C. Ko leads by a single stroke over Rolex Rankings World No. 2 Stacy Lewis, Rolex Rankings World No. 11 Inbee Park, Rolex Rankings World No. 15 Jiyai Shin, and Rolex Rankings World No. 45 Chella Choi, heading into final round action on Sunday.
Ko, 15, the world’s top ranked female amateur and winner of the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, posted three birdies and three bogeys on the day. She currently sits at 8-under par 208 for the championship, while Lewis, Park, Shin and Choi are T2 at 7-under par 209.
“Today, I tried to have more fun, but my score wasn’t as good,” said Ko, referencing the identical rounds of 4-under par 68 she carded back-to-back on Thursday and Friday. “I mean, 72 is better than 73 or any other score, so I’m pretty happy…It’s good to stay at the top of the leaderboard, but my first goal was to make the cut and hopefully top 15 or something. But to be up there is just an honour, especially playing against the world’s best.”
Lewis, meanwhile, shot the low round of the day, a 6-under par 66 in which the three-time LPGA Tour event winner posted four birdies and an eagle on the par-5, 10th hole to mount a charge up the leaderboard.
“I finally got off to a good start which I hadn’t done any of the previous days,” said Lewis, who has already earned two LPGA Tour wins in 2012 at both the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic and the Shoprite LPGA Classic. “I had quite a few chances that I missed, so I’m a little frustrated with that, but definitely happy to be up in contention and giving myself a chance tomorrow.”
Defending CN Canadian Women’s Open champion, Rolex Rankings World No. 12 Brittany Lincicome, is T21 at 1-under par 215, seven shots off the lead.
Jessica Shepley of Oakville, Ont., the lone Canadian to qualify for weekend play, shot 2-under par 70 on Saturday to sit T32 with a three-day tally of 1-over par 217. Shepley, who has already wrapped up low Canadian honours at the CN Canadian Women’s Open for the second straight year, was particularly proud of her steady performance on Saturday.
“I just think I just enjoyed it,” said Shepley. “I’m at the CN Canadian Women’s Open. It’s a beautiful day. I’m playing on the weekend, my family’s here, my friends are here. I’ve kind of had a few hiccups this year, so I’ve just been kind of trying to be patient and hoping that things would come together, and I had a good round.”
Second Round Recap
Amateur Lydia Ko and Chella Choi Hold Lead Through Two Rounds at CN Canadian Women’s Open
Coquitlam, B.C. (Golf Canada) – Amateur Lydia Ko and Chella Choi sit tied atop the leaderboard at 8-under par 136 through 36 holes at the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open at The Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, B.C.
Ko, the world’s top ranked female amateur and winner of the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, shot 4-under par 68 for the second consecutive day, posting a bogey-free round in which she birdied four of her final seven holes on the back-nine to close out round two.
“Today, I didn’t make any bogeys, and that was really helpful because sometimes a bogey in the middle of your round can make your confidence go a little down,” said Ko, who recently captured her second straight Mark H. McCormack Medal as the leading women’s amateur player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR). “I played pretty consistent…I think I really like the back nine, and hopefully it likes me too.”
Choi, who has three top-5 finishes on the season, including a career-best T2 finish at the 2012 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, posted a score of 8-under par 64 on Friday, carding a bogey-free round that featured eight birdies over the course of 10 holes, Nos. 6 through 15.
Ko and Choi hold a three-stroke advantage over Moira Dunn, Angela Stanford, Inbee Park and Na Yeon Choi, all of whom sit T3 at 5-under par 139.
A total of 76 players made the cut, which was set at 3-over-par 147.
Of the 15 Canadians in the initial player field, Jessica Shepley of Oakville, Ont. was the lone player to advance to weekend action after posting a two-day tally of 3-over par 147 to sit T59 for the championship.
First Round Recap
YANI TSENG HOLDS OPENING-ROUND LEAD AT 2012 CN CANADIAN WOMEN’S OPEN
- Charlottetown, P.E.I.’s Lorie Kane is top Canadian, six shots off the lead;
Coquitlam, B.C. (Golf Canada) – Rolex Rankings World No. 1 Yani Tseng carded an opening-round 6-under par 66 to sit atop the leaderboard at the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open at The Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, B.C.
A 15-time winner on the LPGA Tour, Tseng posted eight birdies on the day, five of which came on her last six holes of the day, Nos. 4 through 9. Tseng faltered only once on Thursday, posting a double-bogey on No. 1 to start her back-nine.
“I feel so good and so happy. Today out there with so many fans following the group, I’m so excited to have their support,” said Tseng, who earned her first career professional victory at a CN Canadian Women’s Tour event at The Vancouver Golf Club in 2007. “They always give me a big crowd on every shot. I hit so many good shots today, but I didn’t drive that well on the front-nine. I saved like three or four shots out of like 15 feet for par, so that was huge for me.”
Tseng holds a one stroke lead over 2012 U.S. Women’s Open champion and Rolex Rankings World No. 4 Na Yeon Choi, who opened Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship with a round of 5-under par 67 to sit alone in second place.
Rolex Rankings World No. 11 Inbee Park and 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Lydia Ko, the top ranked amateur in the world, sit tied for third, two shots off the lead after the pair carded rounds of 4-under par 68.
Charlottetown, P.E.I. native Lorie Kane is the low Canadian through 18 holes of play and is tied for 31st spot at even-par 72. Defending CN Canadian Women’s Open champion Brittany Lincicome also sits T31 at even-par 72.
Fourteen-year-old Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., the youngest competitor ever to compete in the CN Canadian Women’s Open, opened with a round of 5-over par 77. A member of Team Canada’s Development Squad, Henderson is T123, 11 shots off the lead.
THE FOLLOWING ARE OPENING-ROUND CANADIAN SCORES FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 23RD, 2012:
T31 – Lorie Kane, 72, E
T53 – Jessica Shepley, 73, +1
T97 – Kirby Dreher, 75, +3
T97 – Augusta James, 75, +3
T97- Alena Sharp, 75, +3
T97 – Rebecca Lee-Bentham, 75, +3
T115 – Isabelle Beisiegel, 76, +4
T123 – Brooke Henderson, 77, +5
T123 – Jisoo Keel, 77, +5
T123 – Samantha Richdale, 77, +5
T138 – Natalie Gleadall, 78, +6
T142 – Christine Wong, 79, +7
T145 – Brittany Marchand, 80, +8
T151 – Sara-Maude Juneau, 81, +9
T154 – A Ram Choi, 84, +12
Pro-Am is Set
CHAMPIONSHIP PRO-AM TEE TIMES SET FOR 2012 CN CANADIAN WOMEN’S OPEN
- Round 1&2 pairings and start times now available;
Media Room interview schedule set for Wednesday -
Coquitlam, B.C. (Golf Canada) – With the opening-round of the $2 million (US) CN Canadian Women’s Open less than two days away, tournament week at The Vancouver Golf Club continues to showcase the finest in women’s professional golf.
Wednesday, August 22nd is Championship Pro-Am day. In all, 55 professionals will entertain 165 amateurs as tournament week begins to heat up at The Vancouver Golf Club.
1ST TEE TIME 10TH TEE
SO YEON RYU 7:00 GIULIA SERGAS
BRITTANY LANG 7:10 MIKA MIYAZATO
KARIN SJODIN 7:20 ANNA NORDQVIST
LORIE KANE 7:30 JESSICA KORDA
AMANDA BLUMENHURST 7:40 NA YEON CHOI
RYANN O’TOOLE 7:50 ILHEE LEE
CRISTIE KERR 8:00 KATHERINE HULL
SUZANN PETTERSEN 8:10 CHRISTINA KIM
BRITTANY LINCICOME 8:20 LAURA DAVIES
AZAHARA MUNOZ 8:30 JIYAI SHIN
BELEN MOZO 8:40 MORGAN PRESSEL
MICHELLE WIE 8:50 NATALIE GULBIS
PAULA CREAMER 9:00 STACY LEWIS
ALENA SHARP 9:10 LEXI THOMPSON
YANI TSENG 12:00 KARRIE WEBB
BEATRIZ RECARI 12:10 SANDRA GAL
AI MIYAZATO 12:20 EUN-HEE JI
HEE-WON HAN 12:30 SHENSHAN FENG
VICKY HURST 12:40 KARINE ICHER
ANGELA STANFORD 12:50 JENNY SHIN
INBEE PARK 1:00 LAURA DIAZ
MEENA LEE 1:10 I.K. KIM
SUN YOUNG YOO 1:20 PAIGE MACKENZIE
MINA HARIGAE 1:30 AMY YANG
PERNILLA LINDBERG 1:40 STACY PRAMMANASUDH
SARAH JANE SMITH 1:50 HEE YOUNG PARK
CHELLA CHOI 2:00 JULIETA GRANADA
HEE KYUNG SEO 2:10
PAIRING AND START TIMES – ROUND 1&2
Pairings for the first and second rounds of the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open are available here.
A RAM CHOI GRABS ONE OF FINAL FOUR QUALIFIER SPOTS INTO 2012 CN CANADIAN WOMEN’S OPEN
Fifteen Canadians set to compete in Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship
South Surrey, B.C. (Golf Canada) – Twenty-seven players took to Morgan Creek Golf Course in South Surrey, B.C. during Monday’s final qualifying event in the hopes of securing one of the four final spots into the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open.
Canadian amateur A Ram Choi of Surrey, B.C., a sophomore at Portland State University and a former B.C. Junior Girls’ Championship winner, shot 2-under par 70 to earn one of the final four spots into the field.
Two other players – Erynne Lee of Silverdale, Wash., an amateur, and Maiya Tanaka of San Diego, Calif. – also earned spots into the 156-player field after carding rounds of 2-under par 70.
Lee, a sophomore at UCLA, was recently named to the 2012 USA World Amateur Team after reaching the quarterfinals at the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur. Tanaka, who competes primarily on the Symetra Tour, is also a product of UCLA.
Emily Talley of Napa, Calif., a product of the University of Colorado, was awarded the final qualifier spot after besting Brit Hayes of Polson, Mont. and Katy Harris of Humble, Tex. in a playoff after the trio shot 1-under par 71 through 18 holes.
With the addition of Choi to the field, a total of 15 Canadians will now compete for Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship.
A pair of previously announced Canadians have withdrawn from the event, including Stephanie Sherlock (wrist injury) and Sue Kim, who will instead compete in this week’s Symetra Tour event.
The following are results from the CN Canadian Women’s Open Monday Qualifier at Morgan Creek Golf Course:
1. A Ram Choi (a), Surrey, BC, 32-38-70 -2
1. Erynne Lee (a), Silverdale, WA, 35-35-70 -2
1. Maiya Tanaka, San Diego, CA, 33-37-70 -2
*4. Emily Talley, Napa, CA, 32-39-71 -1
Junior Skills Challenge
ACTION ABOUND FOR JUNIORS AT CN CANADIAN WOMEN’S OPEN
Children and parents encouraged to take part in the CN Future Links Day at The Vancouver Golf Club.
CN Future Links Junior Skills Challenge National Event to take place Tuesday, August 21
Coquitlam, B.C. (Golf Canada) – The CN Canadian Women’s Open won’t be the only national championship taking place this week in Coquitlam, B.C.
Twenty-two competitors from around the country will converge on the venerable Vancouver Golf Club on Tuesday, August 21st for the fourth annual CN Future Links Junior Skills Challenge National Event.
The event features the top-four boys and girls qualifiers within three age groups (11 and under, 12-14 and 15-18) who achieved the highest CN Future Links Skills Challenge scores from more than 130 events held across the country over the last several months.
“We’ve had a great year in terms of the number of facilities from across the country that have held CN Future Links Junior Skills Challenge events,” says Golf Canada’s Manager of Youth Development, Ted Logan. “We’ve got some great scores from kids too; probably some of the best scores actually in the four years of the program so it will be really interesting to watch all the best qualifiers compete against each other onsite at The Vancouver Golf Club.”
Each participant—who will be outfitted by Titleist/FootJoy with a Titleist hat, a dozen Titleist ProV1 golf balls and a Titleist Vokey wedge—will be tested in four skills competitions: putting, chipping, iron play and driving, with one overall winner per age group and gender. Not only will each winner take home a prize pack including a trophy and Titleist Scotty Cameron putter, but the champions of the 15-18 age group for boys and girls earn an exemption into their respective regional CN Future Links Junior Golf Championship in 2013.
“Titleist has really stepped up again this year with all the great gifts for the participants, not to mention the Scotty Cameron putters for the winners of each age group,” Logan says. “But I think most of the participants in the 15-18-year-old age group would say that they’re most excited about the possibility about earning an exemption in their CN Future Links regional championship in 2013.”
The Junior Skills Challenge National Event is one of the many happenings taking place on Tuesday, August 21st at The Vancouver Golf Club as part of the CN Future Links Day at the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open.
Children 18-years-old and younger (and their parents) are encouraged to attend CN Future Links Day as admission is free. In addition to the Junior Skills Challenge Event which runs from 4:00-6:00 pm, LPGA Tour star Brittany Lincicome along with Canadian golf legend Gail Graham will host a free golf clinic onsite from 1:00-2:00 pm. As well, all week starting at 8:00 am, children and their parents onsite at The Vancouver Golf Club can participate in the Junior Skills Challenge in Spectator Village and post a score on the leaderboard for their chance to win prizing.
In addition, the CN Future Links Walk with a Pro event will be held the following day, Wednesday, August 22nd from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm on the 3rd hole at The Vancouver Golf Club. Children will be introduced to an LPGA Tour professional and will carry their putter and bag for the hole. Each participant will even be able to take the pro’s putt on the hole.
“The Walk with the Pro is just amazing,” Logan says. “The smiles on the faces of those kids are absolutely priceless,” adding, “and you know what, the LPGA Tour pros have just as much fun as the kids.”
The following is a list of competitors that will take part in the CN Future Links Junior Skills Challenge National Event:
Boys—11 and under
Jared Sloan, Welland, Ont.
Jaden Jones, Thunder Bay, Ont.
Stelios Hanias, Halifax, N.S.
Noah Pearson, Fall River, N.S.
Girls—11 and under
Charlotte Cote-Cantin, Sainte Julie, Que.
Isabella Parente, Vancouver, B.C.
Alexandra Jucan, Woodbridge, Ont.
Zina Begovic, Kleinburg, Ont.
Vincent Poirier, Sainte Julie, Que.
Andrew Wong, West Vancouver, B.C.
Andrew Cooke, Hammonds Plains, B.C.
Selena Filice, Thunder Bay, Ont.
Jacquie Miller, Mississauga, Ont.
Kaliegh Stezenko, Thunder Bay, Ont.
Olivia Trieu, Richmond Hill, Ont.
Cameron Mugford, Prince Albert, Sask.
Logan Tisdale, Swift Current, Sask.
Thomas Huckell, Vancouver, B.C.
Marie Potvin-Hubert, Thunder Bay, Ont.
Molly MacDermaid, Bathurst, N.B.
Winnie Hyun, Winnipeg, Man.
Madison Kapchinsky, Kelowna, B.C.
For more information on the CN Future Links Junior Skills Challenge National Event, CN Future Links Day and the CN Future Links Walk with a Pro, visit http://www.cncanadianwomensopen.com/ or http://www.cnfuturelinks.com.
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