Newly-minted LPGA card holder Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, ON, leads a contingent of 14 Canadian players into this week’s Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at The Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, B.C.
Henderson and the Canucks will all be looking to become the first Canadian to win a LPGA Tour event on home turf since golf legend Jocelyne Bourassa’s historic victory in 1973 at La Canadienne Golf Championship. In all, the 156-player field features the top 10, top 50 and 97 of the top 100 on the current LPGA Tour Official Money List to make it the strongest field on the LPGA Tour in 2015.
Joining Henderson and her sister Brittany in the field are fellow Canadian LPGA Tour members Lorie Kane of Charlottetown, PEI, Alena Sharp of Hamilton, ON, and Team Canada Young Pro Squad member Sue Kim of Langley, BC, as well as non-exempt LPGA Tour player Jennifer Kirby of Paris, ON. Other Canucks competing include Symetra Tour players Augusta James of Bath, ON, Maude-Aimee LeBlanc of Sherbrooke, QC, Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, BC, and Jessica Wallace of Langley, BC.
Rounding on the Canadian contingent are Team Canada Women’s Amateur Squad members Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, ON and dual citizen Maddie Szeryk of Allen, TX. Previously announced Rebecca Lee-Bentham of Toronto has withdrawn from the event with a hip injury. Tiffany Kong of Vancouver and Nicole Zhang of Calgary made it into field via the Monday qualifier.
Defending champion So Yeon Ryu along with two-time winner Lydia Ko and world No. 1 Inbee Park also headline a field that includes LPGA stars Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, Suzann Pettersen, Anna Nordqvist, Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Karrie Webb, Morgan Pressel, Ai Miyazato, Azahara Munoz, Brittany Lincicome, Shanshan Feng, Na Yeon Choi, Sandra Gal, Charley Hull and Jessica Korda.
The winner’s share of the $2.25 million US purse for the 2015 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open will be $337,500 US. The event marks the return of Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship to The Vancouver Golf Club for the first time since Lydia Ko’s historic win as a 15-year old amateur in 2012.
Eleven former champions will be competing, including defending champion So Yeon Ryu, two-time winner Lydia Ko (2012 & 2013); Brittany Lincicome (2011); Michelle Wie (2010); Suzann Pettersen (2009); Katherine Hull-Kirk (2008); Cristie Kerr (2006); Meena Lee (2005); Karrie Webb (1999); Laura Davies (1996) and Juli Inkster (1984).