Reto makes history in the winner’s circle at CP Women’s Open

OTTAWA, CANADA - AUGUST 28: Paula Reto of South Africa celebrates with the championship trophy following the final round of the CP Women's Open at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club on August 28, 2022 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

OTTAWA, Ont. – Paula Reto first etched her name into the CP Women’s Open record book on Thursday and on Sunday, she wrote history again.

After setting the course record (62) in Thursday’s opening round at Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club, Reto became the first-ever South African woman to win the CP Women’s Open. The 32-year-old’s victory is also her first-career win on the LPGA Tour.

“I’m really, really excited, and just proud of myself for being able to stick through the shots and the routines. Sometimes I find that’s really hard to do, especially if you know you have only a few holes left,” said Reto. “I’m excited to celebrate with everybody, and I’m glad my first win was here in Canada for sure.”

With the win, Reto takes home the $352,500 USD winner’s prize. 

The former Olympian kickstarted her round with a birdie on No.1 and followed with another on No. 3 to grab a share of the lead. Additional birdies on hole Nos. 6, 8 and 9 propelled Reto into sole possession of the lead, which grew as large as four strokes on the back nine. A late charge from world No. 3, Nelly Korda, made matters interesting down the stretch, but a par on her final hole vaulted Reto into the winner’s circle in the Nation’s Capital with a final score of 19-under-par.

Reto, 32, is the eighth Rolex First-Time winner of the 2022 LPGA Tour season and fourth consecutive first-time winner, following Ayaka Furue, winner of the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open; fellow South African, Ashleigh Buhai, champion of the AIG Women’s Open; and Maja Stark, victor of the ISPS Handa World Invitational.

The Purdue University product joins Sally Little, Buhai and Lee-Anne Pace as the only South-African-born winners on the LPGA Tour.

“Being able to win on the LPGA is such a dream, and even being from South Africa — and I did win in South Africa earlier in February, so I was like, Okay, I can do it again,” said Reto. “Ash (Buhai) was such an inspiration, especially being the AIG Women’s Open and she was so calm and so great on those playoff holes. I told myself, you know what? I can also do it. I also want to do it.”

After a birdie on No. 1, Korda scrambled through the early phase of Sunday’s final round but rediscovered her rhythm with a birdie on No. 9. She continued to chip away at the lead with another birdie on No. 11 and an eagle from the fairway on No. 12. The 24-year-old needed a birdie on 18 to force a playoff but ran out of steam, making par and setting the stage for Reto in front of a raucous Ottawa crowd.

Alena Sharp was awarded the Sandra Post Award as the low Canadian at the CP Women’s Open. The Hamilton, Ont., finished T17 at 10-under-par to edge Maddie Szeryk of London, Ont. for the national honour. Szeryk, who made her first LPGA Tour cut of the season, posted a T26 finish after an even-par 71 on home soil. Szeryk was 9-under-par for the tournament, remarkably making only three bogeys all week.

The Augusta National Women’s Amateur champion, Anna Davis, was awarded the Marlene Streit Award as the low amateur in the field at 4-under-par. Davis, 16, and Team Canada member Lauren Zaretsky were the only amateurs to make the cut at the CP Women’s Open. Zaretsky ended the competition at 1-over-par.

Though Brooke Henderson was out of contention on Sunday, the Canadian crowds still showed up to watch the 12-time LPGA Tour winner and two-time major champion. The Smith Falls, Ont., native says the support didn’t go unnoticed.

“It was so amazing. The fans this week were totally incredible. I never dreamed that this many people would continue to follow me all weekend, especially when I was so far down early in the pack,” said Henderson. “But they’re loyal to me and just meant the world to me to have them out here supporting.”

The 2023 CP Women’s Open is scheduled to take place August 21-27, 2023, at the Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club in Vancouver, B.C.

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CANADIAN SCORES

T17Alena SharpHamilton, Ont.67-72-68-67—274 (-10)
T26Maddie SzerykLondon, Ont.67-68-69-71—275 (-9)
T49Brooke HendersonSmith Falls, Ont.69-68-73-69—279 (-5)
75Lauren Zaretsky (a)Thornhill, Ont.68-71-73-73—275 (+1)
T76Rebecca Lee-BenthamToronto, Ont.70-70-74-72—286 (+2)
 
CUTSarah-Eve Rheaume (a)Boischatel, Qué.72-69-141
CUTSelena CostabileThornhill, Ont.69-73–142
CUTMaude-Amiee LeblancSherbrooke, Qué73-71—144
CUTVanessa ZhangVancouver, B.C.70-46—146
CUTLucy Lin (a)Vancouver, B.C.74-73—147
CUTValerie TanguaySaint Hyacinthe,74-74—148
CUTMonet Chun (a)Richmond Hill, Ont77-71—149
CUTMichelle Liu (a)Vancouver, B.C.73-76—149
CUTBrigitte ThibaultRosemère, Qué.73-76—149
CUTSavannah GrewalMississauga, Ont.74-76—150
CUTKatie Cranston (a)Oakville, Ont.77-74—151
CUTYeji Kwon (a)Port Coquitlam, B.C.75-76-151
CUTMegan OslandKelowna, B.C.71-84—155
CUTLorie KaneCharlottetown, P.E.I.84-86—170

PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPTS

The following player transcripts from Sunday’s final round are available online:

Children and Paula Reto big winners at CP Women’s Open

Record attendance and incredible performances during the CP Women’s Open helped Canadian Pacific (CP) raise $2.5 million to support the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Foundation and $510,000 for Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital Foundation.

Paula Reto finished the week at 19 under par to take home her first LPGA Tour win and the $352,500 winner’s share of the $2.35 USD million purse, one of the largest for a non-major on the LPGA Tour.

“The CP Women’s Open returned to Ottawa with great fanfare and the best golfers in the world so that CP could raise funds to support CHEO’s important work and continue the legacy of giving to the communities where our employees live and work,” said Keith Creel, CP President and CEO. “The Ottawa community and the world’s best golfers did not disappoint, and we are proud to be a part of this world-class tournament.”

“We congratulate Paula Reto on her masterful play to win the CP Women’s Open,” added Creel. “It was a tremendous week of golf, but more importantly, together we have made a significant contribution to CHEO Foundation and to eastern Ontario, a key province in our network. CP is proud to continue to make a difference in communities across Canada through CP Has Heart, our community investment program supporting heart health initiatives.” 

The total donation is the result of several fundraising efforts of the CP Has Heart campaign. Through CP Birdies for Heart, CP contributed for each birdie made by Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club members prior to the tournament and for each birdie made by LPGA players on the 15th hole during tournament play. CP also matched all donations made during a CHEO campaign online during February, which is heart month.

“This eagerly anticipated week was beyond anything we imagined,” said Steve Read, Acting President and CEO, CHEO Foundation. “When Golf Canada and the LPGA brought this world-class golf tournament to the historic Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club it was an exciting moment for everyone involved. When the generosity of this community, led by CP, turned enthusiasm and elite sport into care for young cardiology patients at CHEO, it became an inspiring reflection of what we can do when we work together. My special thanks to Lorie Kane and Brooke Henderson who showed such kindness to CHEO patient Aurora Amos as she represented all CHEO cardiology patients this week.”

Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital Foundation was the 2022 CP Women’s Open community partner.

“The Foundation would like to thank CP for their support, which helped raise $510,000 for cardiac care at our hospital,” said Kristine Fair, PSFDH Foundation Chair. “Overwhelming community support paired with the matching initiative that CP provided has created double the impact for our hospital. Funds raised through this partnership will allow us to purchase essential cardiac equipment that our healthcare team needs to provide the quality care our community deserves.”

“CP’s continued commitment to leave a meaningful legacy in the name of the CP Women’s Open has been extraordinary,” said Golf Canada CEO Laurence Applebaum. “We are so proud to experience the special impact of CP on the lives of countless Canadians, and we are thrilled that the CHEO Foundation, the Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital Foundation, and the eastern Ontario community at large will benefit from their incredible generosity.”

On Friday, CP celebrated Lorie Kane’s remarkable golf career as she finished her 30th and final CP Women’s Open.

“Lorie has made outstanding contributions to women’s golf and the community, including as a CP Ambassador,” said Keith Creel, CP President and CEO. “We cherish Lorie for her contributions as a CP Ambassador since 2014, and I look forward to her continuing as a significant member of the CP team promoting CP Has Heart in the community.”

An, Choi tied for lead ahead of final round of CP Women’s Open

The final group on Sunday at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club will feature a pair of South Koreans in Narin An and Hye-Jin Choi, who hold a share of the lead at the CP Women’s Open heading into the closing stages of the championship.

An, who started the day alone atop the leaderboard, carded a 3-under-par 68 to keep pace with her countrywoman, Choi, during Saturday’s third round in the Nation’s Capital. The LPGA Tour rookie’s bogey-free streak came to an end after 48 holes of tournament play, but not before An rolled in four birdies to move to 16-under-par after round three.

“In general, I didn’t like my play today as much as I did yesterday and two days ago. But I think not making any big mistakes is a positive to take away,” said An. “I’ve known her since the KLPGA days and we didn’t talk that much with play going on, but it was fun being with her,” added An on her relationship with Choi.

Choi made up two strokes on her fellow South Korean, with a 5-under-par 66. The 23-year-old, still in search of her first victory on Tour, opened her round with a bogey but was mistake-free the rest of the way, making six birdies to earn a share of the lead.

Choi’s ties to Canada date back to 2016 when she won the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship. On Sunday, she’ll look to become the fourth to ever win both the Canadian Women’s Amateur and the CP Women’s Open. Jocelyn Bourassa, Ariya Jutanugarn and Brooke Henderson are the only players to complete the feat. Choi was also crowned World Junior Girls champion in 2015 at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont.

“I have good memories here and after that (winning the Junior), I won the Canadian Amateur Championship, so I have a lot of good memories in Canada. Right now, it’s hard to think about winning, but I hope it’ll be a good experience,” Choi said.

London, Ont.’s, Maddie Szeryk, posted a 2-under-par 69 and sits T11 after moving day at the CP Women’s Open. The Team Canada member’s poise was once again on display in high-pressure situations on Saturday, but she barely faltered. Szeryk converted three birdie putts in round three, including a closing birdie on No. 18, and sits seven strokes back of An and Choi.

“You know, it’s the Canadian Open. It’s a major for us. All the friends and family are here, and just to play well in front of the Canadian crowd is really special,” said Szeryk.

Brooke Henderson navigated through a challenging third round at her home club, finishing at 2-over-par on the day and T60 with the final round ahead of her. A 2-under-par front nine had the home crowd eager for more, but mistakes on holes 12, 13 and 15 cost the Smith Falls, Ont. native down the stretch.

Nelly Korda continued to hang around near the top of leaderboard with a 3-under-par 68. The world No. 3 is seeking a second consecutive victory after last week’s win in Spain on the Ladies European Tour but will need to make up at least two strokes on the leaders to do so.

Sunday’s final round is scheduled to tee off at 8:08 a.m.

Full leaderboard here.

CANADIAN SCORES

T11Maddie SzerykLondon, Ont67-68-69—204 (-9)
T33Alena SharpHamilton, Ont.67-72-68—207 (-6)
T60Brooke HendersonSmith Falls, Ont.69-68-73—210 (-3)
T71Lauren Zaretsky (a)Thornhill, Ont.68-71-73—212 (-1)
77Rebecca Lee-BenthamToronto, Ont.70-70-74—214 (+1)
 
CUTSarah-Eve Rheaume (a)Boischatel, Qué.72-69—141
CUTSelena CostabileThornhill, Ont.69-73—142
CUTMaude-Amiee LeblancSherbrooke, Qué73-71—144
CUTVanessa ZhangVancouver, B.C.70-46—146
CUTLucy Lin (a)Vancouver, B.C.74-73—147
CUTValerie TanguaySaint Hyacinthe,74-74—148
CUTMonet Chun (a)Richmond Hill, Ont77-71—149
CUTMichelle Liu (a)Vancouver, B.C.73-76—149
CUTBrigitte ThibaultRosemère, Qué.73-76—149
CUTSavannah GrewalMississauga, Ont.74-76—150
CUTKatie Cranston (a)Oakville, Ont.77-74—151
CUTYeji Kwon (a)Port Coquitlam, B.C.75-76-151
CUTMegan OslandKelowna, B.C.71-84—155
CUTLorie KaneCharlottetown, P.E.I.84-86—170

PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPTS

The following player transcripts from Thursday’s opening round are available online:

PAIRINGS AND START TIMES FOR ROUND THREE OF THE CP WOMEN’S OPEN:

Click here for a link to pairings and start times for the final round of the CP Women’s Open on Sunday, August 28.

CP HAS HEART CHARITY CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT THE CHEO FOUNDATION:

Canadian Pacific and Golf Canada are proud to support the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Foundation as the primary charitable beneficiary for the 2022 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Among the charitable engagements tournament week will be the Birdies for Heart hole on no. 15 at Ottawa Hunt with $5,000 donation made for every birdie made on the hole during the four rounds of the competition. In addition, CP is also proud to support a community beneficiary in the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Foundation in support paediatric cardiac care. In the nine years of CP’s title sponsorship of the CP Women’s Open, more than $13 million has been raised to support children’s heart health in Canada.

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Lorie Kane leaves sterling legacy in wake of final CP Women’s Open

OTTAWA, Ont. – When Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Lorie Kane walked up the 18th green to a soundtrack of adoring applause, it would mark her last stroll as a competitor at the CP Women’s Open. The 57-year-old P.E.I. native competed in her record 30th and final appearances in Canada’s National Championship with a legacy worthy of the title: ‘Icon’.

A soggy morning at Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club resulted in a two-hour delay for Friday’s second round. The skies would clear after the restart with sunshine lighting her final walk up to the 18th green. Anyone who’s known Kane during her illustrious career would attest, the changing weather reflects her character – in life, as in golf, Lorie Kane always brings the sunshine.

“As I said early in the week, I love what I do and I love to share what I do,” mentioned Kane. “I hope I can continue to do that in some way, shape, or form. You know, I’ve had some loss. I shared my dad passed. We lost Jocelyne (Bourassa). We lost Kyle, one of our CP ambassadors from Magna. And so, I just played golf. To put smiles on people’s faces.”

Since turning professional in 1996, Kane has recorded four career victories on the LPGA Tour, 99 Top-10 finishes, and sits 46th on the Career Money List with nearly $7 million in earnings. She has won on the Legends of the LPGA five times, is a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, and received the Order of Canada – the highest civilian honour – in 2006. As a CP ambassador, Kane has also supported CP’s charitable platform that has helped to raise more than $13M in support of children’s cardiac care in the host markets of the CP Women’s Open.

On Wednesday, Golf Canada President Liz Hoffman also announced that the newly created Community Spirit Awards would be renamed The Lorie Kane Community Spirit Awards in honour of Kane’s longstanding commitment to advancing the sport, charitable activities and giving back to the game that defined her remarkable career.

The skies may have been clear as Kane closed out her CP Women’s Open career, but not an eye remained dry in the house. Of all the accolades, a humble Kane points to a personal philosophy, instilled by her late father and inscribed as a tribute on a new club headcover –  ‘Leave everything better than you found it.’

Canadian golf is better having known Lorie Kane.

NARIN AN LEADS AFTER PLAY SUSPENDS DUE TO DARKNESS

South Korea’s Narin An recorded a bogey-free round today firing 13-under par 65 to edge the partial-round lead by two strokes. Playing in her rookie season, the 26-year-old has a career-best finish, solo third, at the JTBC Classic presented by Barbasol.  

“I think it’ll be fun,” said An, about playing this weekend. “It’s been a while since I’ve played as a leader, so I think it’ll be fun, and I hope to put up another good round.”

Hye-Jin Choi of South Korea, opening-round leader Paula Reto, and American star Nelly Korda sit tied for second at 11-under following play.

Maddie Szeryk, a member of Team Canada’s Young Pro Squad sits as the low Canadian after play was suspended, with a bogey-free 3-under 68 Friday and score of 7-under (T13) overall. The 26-year-old from London, Ont. secured her LPGA Tour card in 2021 and is playing in her rookie season.

Canadian star and local favourite Brooke Henderson used a second-round 3-under 68 to sit t32 through 36 holes.

Friday’s round featured an ace from French golfer Pauline Roussin (T29) on the 8th hole with an 8-iron.  

With the second round suspended at 7:49 p.m., 36 golfers will resume their round at 7:15 a.m. with round three expected to commence at approximately 10 a.m. off the 1st and 10th tee.

CP HAS HEART CHARITY CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT THE CHEO FOUNDATION:

Canadian Pacific and Golf Canada are proud to support the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Foundation as the primary charitable beneficiary for the 2022 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Among the charitable engagements tournament week will be the Birdies for Heart hole on no. 15 at Ottawa Hunt with $5,000 donation made for every birdie made on the hole during the four rounds of the competition. In addition, CP is also proud to support a community beneficiary in the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Foundation in support paediatric cardiac care. In the nine years of CP’s title sponsorship of the CP Women’s Open, more than $13 million has been raised to support children’s heart health in Canada.

South Korea’s Narin An takes lead at CP Women’s Open following rain delay 

OTTAWA, CANADA - AUGUST 26: Narin An of South Korea walks down the 11th fairway during the second round of the CP Women's Open at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club on August 26, 2022 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

OTTAWA – LPGA Tour rookie Narin An hasn’t won in North America yet but she’s put herself in a good position to at the CP Women’s Open.

An shot a 6-under 65 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead, 13 under overall, at the Canadian women’s golf championship. The 26-year-old from South Korea’s lead was safe as second-round play was suspended due to darkness.

“I don’t have experience winning in the U.S., but I do have some experience in Korea, so it’s not an unfamiliar feeling right now,” said An of her lead. “I hope to put up good results the next two days just like I did yesterday and today.”

An has played most of her golf on the LPGA of Korea Tour until this season. She believes her experience on that tour will translate well to this continent.

“I don’t think there’s that big a difference between Canada, the U.S., and Korea,” she said. “There’s different environments here, so I need more time to adjust to each one.”

Fellow Korean Hye-Jin Choi (63) sat in a tie for second with American Nelly Korda (64) and first-round leader Paula Reto (69) of South Africa at 11 under overall. Sarah Schmetzel (64) of the United States and Japan’s Nasa Hataoka (67) were tied for fifth at 9 under.

Reto had rocketed up the leaderboard on Thursday when she fired a course-record 9-under 62. She said her putting wasn’t as sharp in the second round, which is why the lead slipped away from her.

“My speed on the greens was a little bit off. I was ramming the putts by, so my lines and speed didn’t match, so I just didn’t make any putts,” said Reto. “I had a couple close looks but they didn’t go in because of that.”

Play was suspended for two hours due to heavy rain and lightning around Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club on Friday morning. That delayed the tee times for the afternoon wave, with many of them having to finish their second rounds early Saturday morning.

“I thought rain would continue to come and I’m glad it didn’t,” said An. “I definitely had to focus more in the event that it would rain again.”

Maddie Szeryk (68) of London, Ont., finished her round just before darkness fell on the course. She had her second consecutive bogey-free day to sit in a tie for 13th at 7 under and was the low Canadian after two rounds.

“I don’t think I’ve ever done that before,” said Szeryk of the two mistake-free rounds. “I just played really solid. I hit a bunch of greens and putted it OK.

“I hit it well, so I wasn’t ever really in a lot of trouble. It’s pretty cool. I definitely don’t think I’ve done that before.”

Brooke Henderson, from nearby Smiths Falls, Ont., shot a 3-under 68 to sit at 5 under in a tie for 32nd. The horn sounded to suspend play due to the weather just as she putted for birdie on her second hole. As the horn echoed around the course her putt dropped in the cup.

“I hit it and I was startled because I heard the sound, so it was nice to see it go in,” said Henderson. “My brother-in-law was calling me Michael Jordan for the buzzer beater.”

Amateur Lauren Zaretsky (71) of Thornhill, Ont., and Hamilton’s Alena Sharp (72) also made the cut. They were tied for 57th at 3 under when play was called.

Toronto’s Rebecca Lee-Bentham was through 15 holes when the horn sounded and sat at 4 under. She will resume her second round early Saturday morning, looking to stay below the 2 under cutline.

Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Lorie Kane of Charlottetown played her 30th and final round at the CP Women’s Open. She missed the cut.

Paula Reto fires course-record 62 to take opening-round lead of the CP Women’s Open

One thousand ninety-three days: that’s how long it’s been since the CP Women’s Open was last played in 2019. Following an Opening Ceremony on the first tee at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Cub, Canada’s National Open Championship saw its long-awaited and jubilant return.

Paula Reto fired a course-record, 9-under 62 to take a two-shot lead into Friday’s second round. Reto’s round of 62 bettered the previous Ottawa Hunt course record of 63 shot by Brooke Henderson at the 2017 CP Women’s Open. The Cape Town, South Africa native carded nine birdies and currently sits 74th in the Race to CME Globe Standings.

“You know, usually when I make two, three birdies I feel like it’s going to be a good day whether I either make a few more or not. Usually under par is always good,” said Reto. “But to go low is always fun. And to have no bogeys. I saved two really good par saves, which was nice. So that kind of kept the momentum going for a low round.”

Narin An of South Korea sits alone in second at 7-under 64, with Americans Robynn Ree, Lilia Vu, and Emma Talley sharing third position at 6-under.

Alena Sharp of Hamilton, Ont. and Maddie Szeryk of London, Ont. carded the low Canadian rounds of the day at 4-under 67 (T16).

“Felt pretty amazing,” said Sharp, who is playing in her 17th CP Women’s Open. “Struggled with my putting last year all year, and came out and changed my grip, changed putter. I’m aiming it better, and I made a lot of putts today. Some of those putts that I would’ve been scared to putt last year, they just — I stood up and was very assertive and made a good stroke. Nice to see them go in.”

Szeryk, a member of Team Canada’s Young Pro Squad, is playing in her fifth CP Women’s Open.

“I think I’ve just grown a lot and learned more about myself and my game since then,” said Szeryk on the last time she played Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club as an amateur. “Played professional a couple years, and it’s just been really awesome. Just to see some of those great results — I felt like I’ve been really close, and just to see the results is pretty cool.”

Thursday’s opening round featured a pair of aces at Ottawa Hunt with Lauren Zaretsky of Thornhill, Ont. (T30) jarring a 7-iron from 155 yards on the fifth hole while American Emma Talley (T3) used 6-iron on the 172-yard 13th hole.  

Click here for the full leaderboard.

CANADIAN SCORES

T16Maddie Szeryk London, Ont-4
T16Alena SharpHamilton, Ont.-4
T30Lauren ZaretskyThornhill, Ont.-3
T51Brooke HendersonSmith Falls, Ont.-2
T51Selena CostabileThornhill, Ont.-2
T70Vanessa ZhangVancouver, B.C.-1
T70Rebecca Lee-BenthamToronto, Ont.-1
T90Megan OslandKelowna, B.C.E
T105Sarah-Eve RheaumeBoischatel, Qué.+1
T119Maude-Amiee LeblancSherbrooke, Qué+2
T119Brigitte ThibaultRosemère, Qué.+2
T119Michelle LiuVancouver, B.C.+2
T132Lucy LinVancouver, B.C.+3
T132Valerie TanguaySaint Hyacinthe,+3
T132Savannah GrewalMississauga, Ont.+3
T140Yeji KwonPort Coquitlam, B.C.+4
T148Katie CranstonOakville, Ont.+6
T148Monet ChunRichmond Hill, Ont+6
155Lorie KaneCharlottetown, P.E.I.+13

PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPTS

The following player transcripts from Thursday’s opening round are available online:

NATIONAL PRIDE ON DISPLAY FRIDAY FOR RED AND WHITE DAY

The only LPGA Tour stop north of the border is ready to celebrate in a big way with the annual Red and White Day. On Friday, August 26th, spectators, staff, and fans are encouraged to wear the nation’s colours while cheering on the Canadian contingent chasing an LPGA Tour title in the Nation’s Capital.

 PAIRINGS AND START TIMES FOR ROUND TWO OF THE CP WOMEN’S OPEN:

Click here for a link to pairings and start times for the second round of the CP Women’s Open on Friday, August 26.

CP HAS HEART CHARITY CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT THE CHEO FOUNDATION:

Canadian Pacific and Golf Canada are proud to support the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Foundation as the primary charitable beneficiary for the 2022 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. Among the charitable engagements tournament week will be the Birdies for Heart hole on no. 15 at Ottawa Hunt with $5,000 donation made for every birdie made on the hole during the four rounds of the competition. In addition, CP is also proud to support a community beneficiary in the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital Foundation in support paediatric cardiac care. In the nine years of CP’s title sponsorship of the CP Women’s Open, more than $13 million has been raised to support children’s heart health in Canada.

Watch our 2022 Opening Ceremony

Photo Bernard Brault, Golf Canada OTTAWA, ONTARIO: CP Women’s Open Thursday , August 25TH, 2022 Ottawa Hunt Club First Round Opening ceremonies

The Opening Ceremony for the 2022 CP Women’s Open took place at 6:45 a.m. ET on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at the first tee at Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club.

Tournament officials delivered opening remarks along with a land acknowledgement and drum song performance.

Watch the full ceremony below.
 

Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club all set for opening round of CP Women’s Open

Jin Young Ko will begin her title defence on Thursday, as 156 players get set to tee it up in the opening round of the 2022 CP Women’s Open at Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club.


Ko’s attempt at defending her title comes after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 13-time LPGA Tour winner is scheduled to tee off tomorrow at 1:15 p.m.

A hometown favourite, Brooke Henderson of nearby Smiths Falls, Ont. looks to relive the magic of her own 2018 victory at the CP Women’s Open. During her Championship Pro-Am round, crowds gathered to cheer on the 24-year-old and expect to grow in size and volume as Henderson seeks her 13th career LPGA Tour win.

Eighteen Canadian will join Ko and Henderson in the opening round Thursday, including 12-year-old Lucy Lin of Vancouver as well as Lorie Kane of Charlottetown, P.E.I. who will make her 30th and final start at the CP Women’s Open.  

Pairings and start times for the opening round of Canada’s National Open Championship are available online here.

“LEAVE IT BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT” – LORIE KANE PAYS HOMAGE TO LATE FATHER AHEAD OF FINAL CP WOMEN’S OPEN

Canadian golf icon Lorie Kane announced in May that the 2022 CP Women’s Open would mark her final appearance at Canada’s National Women’s Championship. Today, ahead of her record 30th tournament appearance, Kane shared a special nod to her father who passed away in July.

“My niece, Charlotte, decided we are going to need an extra club in the bag this week, so to speak,” said Kane. “There was a head cover made, and on the front in garnet red is the St. Dunstan Saints. That was my father’s hockey team that he coached….On the front of the head cover it says St. Dunstan Saints, and the back of the head cover is my dad’s cashmere sweater. My dad was always in a cashmere sweater…The boys put it together so beautifully, and had them inscribe on the bottom, leave it better than you found it.”

Golf Canada President Liz Hoffman also announced that the newly created Community Spirit Awards will be renamed The Lorie Kane Community Spirit Awards in honour of Kane’s longstanding commitment to advancing the sport, charitable activities and giving back to the game that defined a Hall of Fame career. Nominations are open to the public and can be submitted until August 31st. Click here for more on the announcement of the Lorie Kane Community Spirit Award.

MEGAN KHANG ON FIRING FOR A GUINESS WORLD RECORD

On Tuesday at Ottawa Hunt, Megan Khang was joined by teammates Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, and Rebecca Lee-Bentham in a bid to set a Guinness World Record for most holes completed in three minutes. While the group was bested for the record by a squad consisting of Jennifer Kupcho, Alison Lee, and A Lim Kim, Khang pointed to the experience as a memorable part of the Canadian tournament experience.  

“Honestly, it was a lot of fun…You know, I think Canada, we always call this Canada’s major, and it’s like the honorary major to us. So just being back in Canada means a lot to me,” said Khang. “It’s so cool to be back out here, and it’s really cool see Brooke’s Brigade.”

DANIELLE KANG FOCUSED FOLLOWING RETURN

American star Danielle Kang referred to Canada as her ‘second home’ when speaking about her return to competition north of the border. Kang recently returned from a leave of absence from the LPGA Tour, but is dialled in and excited to play in front of a great crowd at Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club.

“I just love to win, love to compete one-on-one,” said Kang. “But golf game, you’re not going to go very far by just loving to win, right? So I had to learn to lose, and I think that’s kind of what I changed with, as hating to lose to loving to win. And that will never go away.”

CGSA RECOGNIZES OTTAWA HUNT & GOLF CLUB SUPERINTENDENT
Eric Ruhs, superintendent at Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club was presented with a commemorative plaque by John Scott, past president of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA) in recognition of his efforts in preparing the golf course for the 2022 CP Women’s Open.

The Ottawa Valley was stuck heavily by a freak storm in May that damaged over 1100 trees on the property. Despite the devastation, Ruhs and his crew pulled off the unimaginable and readied Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club in time to welcome the world’s best golfers for the CP Women’s Open.

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA SUPPORTS RETURN OF CANADA’S NATIONAL OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Today, the Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Ottawa–Vanier, on behalf of the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced an investment of nearly $4.4 million for Golf Canada to support the return of the CP Women’s Open and the RBC Canadian Open tournaments.

This non-repayable investment, made through the Major Events and Festivals Support Initiative (MFESI), is supporting the 2022 CP Women’s Open as well as the RBC Canadian Open, which took place in Toronto in June, to not only return to but exceed their pre-pandemic scale. With this support, Golf Canada is improving its digital presence, enhancing on-site offerings and accommodating more attendees.

Read more here.

OPENING CEREMONY
The Opening Ceremony for the 2022 CP Women’s Open will take place at 6:45 a.m. ET on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at the first tee at Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club. Tournament officials will deliver opening remarks along with a land acknowledgement and drum song performance.

Golf Canada & Golf Canada Foundation pay tribute to a legend renaming the new Lorie Kane Community Spirit Awards

PHOTO BERNARD BRAULT, Golf Canada CP Canadian Open

Earlier this year, Golf Canada and the Golf Canada Foundation announced the creation of a new recognition award to acknowledge and celebrate the commitment of individual leaders who are using golf as a platform to positively impact their communities.

On the eve of the 2022 CP Women’s Open, to honour Canadian golf legend Lorie Kane who will make her 30th and final playing appearance at Canada’s National Open Championship, Golf Canada has announced that that recognition will be renamed the Lorie Kane Community Spirit Awards.

The inaugural Lorie Kane Community Spirit Awards will recognize a pair of remarkable individuals under two separate categories – the Community Leader Award and the Future Leader Award

Kane, a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, Canada Sports Hall of Fame, and recipient of the Order of Canada, has been extremely active in supporting youth and charitable activities during her career. As a CP ambassador, Kane has also supported CP’s charitable platform that has helped to raise more than $13M in support of children’s cardiac care in the host markets of the CP Women’s Open.  

“Lorie Kane has become one of the most active voices and passionate ambassadors for Canadian golf and it is truly deserving that Lorie Kane Community Leader Awards be named in her honour,” said Golf Canada President Liz Hoffman. “Lorie has been generous with her time in mentoring youth in PEI and across Canada, supporting future generations of up and coming athletes and giving back to the game that has meant so much to her incredible career. Lorie has worked with Golf Canada to engage the business community in their greater support of the women’s game and is a champion for our sport both on and off the golf course.” 

The Lorie Kane Community Leader Award will celebrate an individual over the age of 19 with a demonstrated ability to lead community initiatives; someone who has contributed a measurable impact through volunteerism or charity; or an individual who has showcased excellence in their involvement with, or support of youth programs such as First Tee – Canada or other junior golf activities.

The recipient of the Lorie Kane Community Leader Award will receive a $5,000 donation from the Golf Canada Foundation to advance a golf program or golf-related initiative of their choice.

To recognize youth who are making an impact in their community, the Lorie Kane Future Leader Award will honour an individual 19 years of age or younger who embodies community leadership; has a history of sportsmanship or demonstrated activities to make the game more inclusive; or an individual who has used golf to create a meaningful impact in their community.

The recipient of the Lorie Kane Future Leader Award will be awarded a $5,000 donation towards their post-secondary education and will also be offered a paid work internship with Golf Canada.

The Canadian golf community is invited to submit individual nominations for the Lorie Kane Community Spirit Awards through an online nomination form. The nomination period will close at 11:59 pm EST on August 31, 2022.

Click here to nominate an individual for the Lorie Kane Community Leader Award.

Click here to nominate an individual for the Lorie Kane Future Leader Award.

At the conclusion of the nomination period, all Lorie Kane Community Spirit Award submissions will be compiled and evaluated by a selection committee that includes representatives from Golf Canada, the Golf Canada Foundation, Honoured Members of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, industry representatives and the Golf Journalists Association of Canada.

The inaugural Lorie Kane Community Spirit Awards recipients will be announced during the 2022 World Junior Girls Championship, October 12-15 at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont.

LPGA Tour players set Guinness World Record at CP Women’s Open

Bernard Brault, Golf Canada) Jennifer Kupcho (USA) A Lim Kim (S. Korea) Alison Lee (USA) Second team: Pauline Roussin (France) Rebecca Lee-Bentham (Canada) Megan Khang (USA)

Many people have a childhood memory of reading through the Guinness World Records, finding out who had made record-setting marks in their favorite sport or held some obscure “World’s Most” title. Now, six LPGA Tour players have added their names to the Guinness files.

On Tuesday at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, two groups of three LPGA Tour players took to the par-3 17th hole in search of their place in Guinness World Record history. The goal? Make the most pars or better on a hole, set to at least 160 yards, in 3 minutes. LPGA Tour and Golf Canada Rules Officials were on site to ensure each hole was completed, not to mention an official Guinness World Records observer making sure the event met Guinness regulations. 

First up, the trio of Megan KhangRebecca Lee-Bentham and Pauline Roussin, playing alternate-shot format, flew around 17 to complete five holes and set the Record.

“We realized by the green that it was a pretty long hole, so we were just trying to come up with a strategy. We were like, okay, maybe we can do this probably, I would say four, five times,” said Khang. “Then I think it kind of hit. The pressure hit when it was like, okay, the horn blew and we were like, okay, we got to go, we got to go.”

Five holes was a short-lived mark, as A Lim Kim, Jennifer Kupcho and Alison Lee bested them with six completed holes and the official Guinness World Record. All six players will receive official plaques and recognition from Guinness World Records for their feats. 

“We lost the coin toss and so we had to go first, and I would like to think that we helped Alison, Jennifer and A Lim kind of see how to play the hole,” Khang joked. “But no, it was a ton of fun out there. There was some trash talking out there for sure. I mean, you don’t realize how quickly three minutes goes.”

Watch video footage below.

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