For Immediate Release:
August 23, 2014
Brooke Henderson sits T41 to lead Canadian contingent at London Hunt and Country Club
11 third round birdies on the par-3 17th hole bumps three-day total to 57 and raises $285,000 for Children’s Health Foundation through CP Birdies for Heart
Tickets for final round still available;
FREE admission for children 17 & under & FREE spectator parking
London, Ont. (Golf Canada) – So Yeon Ryu not only has the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open’s scoring record of 18-under in sight, she’s got the LPGA Tour career 72-hole scoring record of 27-under – held by Annika Sorenstam, Hee Young Park and Angela Stanford – shaking at this point after a 5-under 67 Saturday has her at 20-under-par 196 through 54 holes at the London Hunt and Country Club in London, Ont.
Ryu’s owned the 54-hole lead three times before. Twice it resulted in a win at both the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open and 2012 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic. But she’s never led by this much at this point, owning a four-shot lead over close friend Na Yeon Choi and Azahara Munoz, who sit at 16-under-par 200.
“I think my lowest record was 29-under when I was 16 at the Asian Games so if I have a chance, I want to break my current record. Also if I can, I want to break another LPGA Tour record,” said Ryu, when discussing the possibility of setting the 72-hole scoring record. “Amazing that these girls played so well. Also, if I am going to win this tournament, it is going to be even more of an honour.”
Munoz made an exciting charge up the leader board on moving day, firing a 9-under 63 to vault into contention. Her 63 ties the London Hunt course record set by Ryu during Thursday’s opening round and gives her plenty of confidence heading into Sunday.
“I had so many chances and then I made a lot of putts,” said Munoz about her course-record tying round. “Obviously I knew with a 9-under, I was going to be pretty up there (on the leaderboard). I’m going to focus on myself and see where that takes me.”
Inbee Park sits alone in fourth at 14-under 202 while Anna Nordqvist rounds out the 54-hole top five at 13-under 203.
Canadian amateur sensation and Team Canada member Brooke Henderson of of Smiths Falls, Ont. sits as the top Canuck through 54 holes as her round of 1-under 71 puts her T41 at 4-under 212 for the championship. Henderson’s National Team teammate Jennifer Ha of Calgary shot a round of 1-over 73 to sit T60 at 2-under 214. The duo will battle for the Marlene Streit Low Amateur Award on Sunday.
Team Canada Young Pro Squad members Jennifer Kirby of Brantford, Ont. (1-under 215) and Sue Kim of Langley, B.C. (1-over 217) sit T66 and T80 respectively heading into final round action. The LPGA Tour rookies are both challenging for the Sandra Post Low Canadian Award as well.
THE FOLLOWING ARE THIRD-ROUND CANADIAN SCORES FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 23rd, 2014:
T41 – Brooke Henderson (a), 70-71-71—212 (-4)
T60 – Jennifer Ha (a), 72-69-73—214 (-2)
T66 – Jennifer Kirby, 67-72-76—215 (-1)
T80 – Sue Kim, 71-72-74—217 (+1)
CP BIRDIES FOR HEART – 57 BIRDIES AND $285,000 RAISED THROUGH 54 HOLES:
Title sponsor CP has stepped up to encourage players to make birdies on the 17th hole during tournament play by offering to donate $5,000 for each birdie made to the Children’s Health Foundation in support of paediatric heart health programs.
On Saturday, 11 more birdies by LPGA Tour players raised the total birdie count to 57 through three rounds, good for $285,000 thus far for charity. CP Birdies for Heart is one of the fundraising activities taking place at CP Women’s Open, with all proceeds going to Children’s Health Foundation to support cardiac research and care of children with congenital heart disease from London and across Southwestern Ontario.
Following the conclusion of play on Sunday, Canadian Pacific will announce a total roll-up charity donation to the Children’s Hospital Foundation in the name of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.
PLAYER INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS FROM SATURDAY:
Transcripts and audio files from interviews with So Yeon Ryu, Na Yeon Choi, Inbee Park, Azahara Munoz, Brooke Henderson, Jennifer Kirby, Jennifer Ha and Karrie Webb are available online here.
As a thank you to London golf enthusiasts who have supported the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open and the CP Has Heart charity campaign, Golf Canada and Canadian Pacific are pleased to offer free parking for spectators attending final round action at the London Hunt and Country Club.
Tickets for Sunday’s final round at the 2014 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open are still available by purchasing onsite at the main admission gate or online at www.cpwomensopen.com. Children 17 and under get in free with a ticketed adult.
Directions and parking information for spectators is available by clicking here.
PAIRING AND START TIMES – ROUND 4:
Pairings for the final round of the 2014 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open are available here.
The following is the broadcast schedule for coverage at the 2014 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.*
Sunday, Aug. 24
*Schedule subject to change
CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S OPEN MEDIA GUIDE:
The 2014 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open Media Guide is available online by clicking here.
ABOUT THE 2014 CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S OPEN
The stars of the LPGA Tour will challenge for the inaugural Canadian Pacific Women’s Open from August 18-24 at the London Hunt and Country Club in London, Ont. The Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, Canada’s National Women’s Open Golf Championship, is proudly sponsored by Canadian Pacific, RBC Wealth Management, CVS Controls LTD., Molson Canadian 67, TaylorMade adidas Golf, The Glenlivet, Sony, London Hydro, Four Points by Sheraton London and Coca Cola. For tickets, visit www.CPwomensopen.com, or call 1-866-571-5742.
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