CPKC Women's Open She Plays Golf

Lauren Kim and Anna Huang earn exemptions into 2024 CPKC Women’s Open from the Peloton Glencoe Invitational

Lauren Kim and Anna Huang
Lauren Kim and Anna Huang - Peloton Glencoe Invitational - She Plays Golf Championship Series Photo: Dave Holland/Golf Canada

Kim and Huang first to book places through
She Plays Golf Championship Series

Calgary, Alta. – Team Canada athletes Lauren Kim (a) and Anna Huang (a) earned exemptions into the 2024 CPKC Women’s Open after finishing atop the leaderboard at the Peloton Glencoe Invitational at The Glencoe Golf & Country Club in Calgary, Alta. as part of the She Plays Golf Championship Series.

Rain played a factor in Saturday’s final round causing two lengthy delays. When play resumed, Kim, of Surrey, B.C. continued her great play to fire a final round 70 to finish the tournament at 10-under (69-67-70) and win the 2024 Peloton Glen Invitational.

Kim said each day was a little different in terms of what worked well for her in Calgary, “the first two days my ball striking was really good, and I would say my putting came in really clutch today, I made a lot of really good par putts that saved my scores.”

Kim, the 18-year-old member of Team Canada and a freshman at the University of Texas, is the reigning Canadian Women’s Amateur champion and made the cut at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur this April. With the win, Kim will be making her second consecutive appearance at the CPKC Women’s Open.

“I always love the challenge of trying to qualify to get into an LPGA Tour event and being able to play in it again its very fun, it’s our home event and getting to represent Canada and play in front of my home country and all the fans, it’s really exciting and fun,” said Kim following her round on Saturday.

Huang, of Vancouver, B.C. is a member of Team Canada NextGen and earned the second exemption after closing with a birdie on the 18th to finish at 8-under (69-67-72). She credited her patience for a strong finish on Saturday.

“I had a couple rough holes, but my mindset was just focus on each shot and play some simple steady golf and I think that’s what helped me,” said Huang.

The 15-year-old was part of Team Canada’s win at the 2023 World Junior Girls Championship and will be making her first appearance at the CPKC Women’s Open next month.

“It means so much to me, because the past few years I’ve tried to qualify and I’ve never made it, I’ve missed by one or two shots every time so to be able to make it this year is truly special and I’m really excited,” added Huang.

The Peloton Glencoe Invitational saw a field of 51 golfers (amateur and professional) in the women’s division, with 16 members of the Team Canada program competing in Calgary. The tournament was the first of three as part of the She Plays Golf Championship Series.

Both Kim and Huang agreed that the launch of She Plays Golf and the championship series is important for the game in Canada.

“I think it’s really important for women’s golf in Canada because it gives a lot of exposure to Canadians to play more events nationally in Canada which I think really helps,” said Huang.

“It’s definitely growing the women’s game in Canada and it’s something we definitely needed. It’s really important for all the juniors and the pros and a great opportunity to excel,” added Kim.

She Plays Golf is a citywide celebration of women’s golf anchored in each host market by a $60,000 CAD professional golf championship contested over 54-holes for a field of 60 professionals and elite amateurs. The tournaments are played with a cut after 36-holes and each championship sees players compete for WAGR points and two qualifying spots into the 2024 CPKC Women’s Open.

Players earn points for their finishes in the She Plays Golf Championship Series towards a series-long standings. The golfer with the most points following the final championship will also earn qualification into the 2024 CPKC Women’s Open, if not otherwise qualified and will be supported by Golf Canada’s Q School bursary program if they enter LPGA Q School in the fall.

The She Plays Golf Championship Series marks the rebirth of a professional women’s golf tour in Canada. There are two more tournaments in the series, GolfBC Group BC Women’s Open from June 19-22 at Pitt Meadows Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, B.C., and the ORORO PGA Women’s Championship of Canada from July 2-5 at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley in Caledon, Ont.

She Plays Golf Festivals feature inclusive programming for women and girls, addressing gaps in the participation pathway and introducing new women and girls to the game in a safe, fun, and judgment-free environment. Festival activities take place at golf courses across the host city during the same week as the She Plays Golf Championship Series event with activities including introductory “Try Golf” events for women and girls new to golf, professional development for women in coaching, networking socials for women in business and leadership, and more.

For the final standings from the Peloton Glencoe Invitational, please click here.

For more information on She Plays Golf Festivals and Championship Series and to register, please click here.