The best in Canadian women’s golf are set to compete for the DATA PGA Women’s Championship of Canada gets underway today in Scarborough, Ont.
A field featuring a mix of past LPGA Tour winners and rising Canadian stars had a practice round yesterday and will play 36 holes at Scarboro Golf & Country Club from Aug. 15-16, all with the same goal of winning the DATA PGA Women’s Championship of Canada.
“The field for this year’s Data PGA Women’s Championship of Canada is tremendous,” said PGA of Canada president Steve Wood. “There’s a solid mix of past LPGA Tour winners and up-and-coming Canadian talent that will surely produce a riveting championship.”
This year’s field includes:
- Four-time LPGA Tour winner, five-time PGA Women’s Championship of Canada winner, Canadian and PGA of Canada Golf Hall of Fame member Lorie Kane
- Symetra Tour winner and Orangeville, Ont., native Brittany Marchand
- Symetra Tour’s No. 8-ranked player Anne-Catherine Tanguay of Quebec
- LPGA Tour player and past Canadian Women’s Amateur champion Augusta James of Bath, Ont.
- LPGA Tour player Jennifer Ha of Calgary
- Symetra Tour player Elizabeth Tong of Thornhill, Ont.
- Past LPGA Tour winner Kris Tamulis
- Past Symetra Tour winner Sue Kim of Langley, B.C.
- Past PGA Women’s Championship of Canada winners Vivian Tsui, Salimah Mussani
- LPGA Tour player Mina Harigae of California
- PGA of Canada members Rebecca Lee-Bentham, Kylie Barros and Sylvie Schetagne
The winner of this year’s championship will earn an exemption into the CP Canadian Women’s Open at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club, Aug. 21-27.
Scarboro Golf and Country Club, with a history dating back to 1912, has been the site of four Canadian Opens, the Canadian Tour Championship and several amateur championships. The course was origin ally designed by noted professional and Canadian golf course architect George Cumming, but underwent extensive changes in 1924 under the direction of Albert Warren Tillinghast. Tillinghast was one of North America’s premier golf course designers, who was at the peak of his career when hired to redesign Scarboro.
Scarboro is in great company among such renowned Tillinghast courses as Winged Foot, Ridgewood, Five Farms East, the redesign of Baltusrol and the fearsome Bethpage Black at Farmingdale, Long Island, N.Y. The latter literally consumed the games greatest golfers at the 2002 U.S. Open.
Scarboro remains the only course outside the U.S. designed by Tillinghast.
He masterfully used Highland Creek, which comes into play as many as 11 times in 18 holes, and the hilly terrain, gullies and trees as natural hazards, making artificial hazards almost unnecessary at Scarboro.
The 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.
Admittance to the DATA PGA Women’s Championship of Canada is free and spectators are encouraged to attend during the 36-hole championship play.
To follow the DATA PGA Women’s Championship of Canada online throughout tournament week, visit pgaofcanada.com,