If you want to see Canadian and international professional women and amateur golfers compete for $60,000, then the place to be is the Smiths Falls Golf and Country Club from June 16-17 when the property hosts the second leg of the 2015 Canadian Women’s Golf Tour.
At each stop on the three-event tour, the winner takes home $10,000 in prize money. She also receives an exemption into the 2015 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, which will be played from Aug. 17-23 at the Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, B.C.
Several competitors will be looking for their first big break in the game. At least two women have competed on the Golf Channel’s Big Break and some veterans will be looking to re-establish themselves.
Two players, who are definitely going to get a lot of fan support, are Brooke and Brittany Henderson. The Henderson sisters grew up on the fairways and greens of the host club. Brooke and Brittany will kick off the championship by hosting an inaugural charity Pro-Am in support of Team Henderson 110% Club on June 15.
Alena Sharp, a veteran Canadian golfer and a member of the LPGA tour, has also committed to play in the Pro-Am. The Golf Journalists’ Association of Canada voted Alena its 2011 and 2014 Female Professional Player of the Year. In 2014, Alena had two top-20 finishes on the LPGA Tour. She is No. 225 in the Rolex World Golf Rankings and the No. 2 ranked Canadian female golfer, behind only Brooke.
Brooke is the fastest rising star in Canadian women’s golf. At this time last year, she was 16 years old and ranked No. 321 in the Rolex World Golf Ranking.
As of May she is ranked No. 76. Before she decided to turn pro last December, she was the No. 1 Female Amateur Golfer in the World.
Since turning professional, Brooke has won more than $171,000 on the LPGA tour, with her best finish being a T3 at the Swing Skirts LPGA Classic.
Brittany is playing on the 2015 Symetra Tour and as of May 25, she sits in 22nd place on the money list. The top-10 money earners at year-end will earn their LPGA cards for the 2016 season.
The Women’s Tour event will have a strong field of amateurs, including all four members of Team Canada’s National Women’s Amateur Team – Brittany Marchand, Jennifer Ha, Elizabeth Tong and Maddie Szeryk. Maddie and Brittany are ranked No. 36 and No. 89, respectively, in the World Golf Amateur Rankings.
A couple of fan favourites at this event just might be Americans Tessa Teachman and Stefanie Kenoyer from the U.S. Tessa played in Big Break Myrtle Beach and Stefanie competed in Big Break Mexico and Big Break NFL. Stefanie finished T5 in the first event on the 2015 Canadian Women’s Tour played in Alberta.
Fans are reminded that for the Women’s Tour event, the club’s nines will be reversed. The club’s normal No. 1 hole will be the 10th hole and the 18th hole will be the 9th nine hole. The tour organizers wanted the event to finish on a par four hole.
On both June 16 and 17, the event will use split tees. The players will tee off on holes No. 1 and No. 10, from 8 a.m. to 10:06 a.m. The awards ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. on June 17.
Admittance is free to all spectators at both the Pro-Am and the Canadian Women’s Tour Event. As parking at the golf club will be limited to players, sponsors, and volunteers, the event is pleased to provide free transportation by Frank Healey Transportation Ltd. to and from the County Fair Mall, which is located at 275 Brockville Street in Smiths Falls.
The times for shuttle service for both the Pro-Am and the Women’s Tour Event will be posted June 8 on the Team Henderson Facebook page.
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