THORNHILL, Ont. —Until today, Jessica Porvasnik hadn’t won a professional golf championship outside the state of Ohio. Now, however, the 23-year-old American can call herself national championship winner.
Porvasnik captured the DCM PGA Women’s Championship of Canada Thursday at the Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto, finishing the 36-hole event at 4-under-par, 140.
“I’ve won two professional events in Ohio, but this is my first win outside of the state,” Provasnik said. “There are some pretty impressive names on the trophy, so to win this championship is very special to me.”
The DCM PGA Women’s Championship of Canada was first played in 1987 and past champions include five-time winner Lorie Kane, Brooke Henderson, Alena Sharp, Cathy Sherk, Gail Graham, Nancy Harvey, and Jessica Shepley.
With the win, Provasnik takes home the first place prize of $10,000 and an exemption into this year’s CP Women’s Open at Wascana Country Club in Regina, Aug. 20-26.
Aram Choi of Surrey, B.C., and Mexico’s Sandra Angulo finished T2, one shot back at 3-under-par.
Hamilton Golf & Country Club’s Emma De Groot finished fourth at 2-under-par for the championship. With her impressive finish, she takes home the low PGA of Canada club professional division title, along with a spot on the PGA of Canada’s PGA Cup team.
The PGA of America recently formed the Women’s PGA Cup, a first-of-its-kind team competition for Women PGA members from around the world. The PGA of Canada is pleased to be taking part in this landmark event, which will be played October 21-26, 2019 in the United States.
The five members of the inaugural PGA of Canada team will be determined based on the performance of eligible finishers at the 2018 and 2019 DCM PGA Women’s Championship.
American Jenny Lee, Valerie Tanguay and Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto member Elizabeth Tong round out the top-five at 1-over-par.
Earlier in the week, title sponsor DCM announced the ‘Power Up’ initiative.
Founded by DCM, in partnership with the PGA of Canada, the Power Up initiative aims to support the athletic, personal and financial needs of Canadian female golfers. The initiative has the two main goals of supporting top Canadian female golfers on the brink of LPGA Tour status and create a landmark Canadian championship in women’s golf.
More information about the Power Up initiative will be announced in the coming weeks.
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The next PGA of Canada national championship takes place at the Beverly Golf & Country Club, Aug. 7-10 for the PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada.
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