For the second-straight year, the Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto is set to host some of the best in Canadian women’s golf for the DCM PGA Women’s Championship of Canada.
A field highlighted by four-time LPGA Tour winner and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Lorie Kane, as well as a number of noted up-and-coming players, will tee it up July 2-4 at Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto.
“It’s shaping up to be a very competitive week at the tremendous Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto,” said PGA of Canada president Mark Patterson. “In addition to Canadian and PGA of Canada Hall of Fame member, Lorie Kane playing, we’ve got a solid mix of up-and-coming Canadian talent and a number of PGA of Canada members who will vie for the championship.”
The field also features players from Sweden, India, Venezuela, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States.
“Once again DCM is delighted to sponsor the 2019 DCM PGA Women’s Championship of Canada,” said DCM president Greg Cochrane. “Our involvement and support of women’s golf in Canada directly ties into our belief of giving back to our local communities across Canada and internationally,” he said, adding, “providing women with the chance to compete at the highest level is inspiring for all of us at DCM.”
The Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto hosted the inaugural DCM PGA Women’s Championship in 1987, which was won by PGA of Canada Hall of Fame member Cathy Sherk. The club also hosted the event in 1999 (won by Lorie Kane), in 2007 (won by Salimah Mussani) and of course last year when American Jessica Porvasnik captured the title.
As North America’s only golf club created by women for women, we are thrilled to host the DCM PGA Women’s Championship,” said Ladies’ Golf Club of Toronto PGA head professional Padraig Kelly. “We are so proud of our club and are excited to showcase it for this great championship. The golf course will be a great test and the membership is looking forward to watching the professionals take on their home course.”
The winner of this year’s championship will earn an exemption into the CP Canadian Women’s Open at the Magna Golf Club, Aug. 19-25.
Additionally, with the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup taking place later this year; the race for spots on Team PGA of Canada is about to heat up.
Taking place Oct. 22-26 at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, PGA members from across the world come together in a team competition for this landmark event.
The five members representing the PGA of Canada at the event are determined by their performance at the DCM PGA Women’s Championship in 2018 and 2019. Furthermore, the low club professional at the championship in ’18 and ’19 receives an automatic spot on the team.
Currently, the top five is:
- Emma De Groot, Hamilton Golf and Country Club;
- Meghan Allum, Magna Golf Club;
- Casey Ward, Credit Valley Golf and Country Club;
- Rebecca Lee-Bentham, RLB Golf;
- Meghan McDougall, Weston Golf and Country Club.
“We’ve got some nice players currently in our top five to represent our association at the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup later this year in Texas,” says the PGA of Canada’s managing director of championships and foundation Adam LeBrun. “Other than De Groot, the other four spots are completely up for grabs and will add another exciting element to this year’s DCM PGA Women’s Championship of Canada.”
Admittance to the DCM PGA Women’s Championship of Canada is free and spectators are encouraged to attend the 36-hole championship play.
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.
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