Just spent two days observing a very well run tournament for women hoping to qualify for their Canadian Open. CN through the RCGA put on a good show at the River Spirit Golf Club just outside Calgary. The winner Misun Cho is just another 90 pound teenager ready for the LPGA. Her mother was her caddy and during the round I found out “they” had lived in Australia, then gone to Peperdine University on a scholarship and then turned Pro after one year at school. Misun speaks english well, a cross between Greg Norman and Ian Baker Finch. Her secret is she hits every shot solid, and can hit a wedge in slow motion, meaning no green is too hard and no pin is hidden. I loved hearing the club hit her ball.
Misun tailed by 5 with nine holes to go but took the lead when Wally Satarak (Thailand) made a triple on the 16th. Satarak will also be a force on the LPGA in the future, walking the courses may be her main obstacle, as my wife noted “she just ran out of steam” on the last nine.
Our reason for attending the event was to watch Corina Kelepouris play. She’s a “cousin” through my son’s family. Corena opened with a 32 (-4) and 36 for great score of 68 the first round (in second). The next day her putting wasn’t the same and her 75 left her in 5th place. She also has an ability to strike her shots crisply, something very few LPGA players seem to be able to do. Her finish leaves her just outside the Women’s Open in Edmonton, hopefully she can make it in the one dayer or perhaps the RCGA will do something similar to what they just did for the men, invite 15 non-exempt Canadians to play in their national championship. I remember Dick Grimm giving me one so many years ago. He said with a grin “Gary won’t need the weekend parking pass” as he instructed the desk to put an envelope together for me.
It was also a pleasant surprise to see Shelburn’s Judy Dotten playing in the qualifier. 77,74 left her in the top third, still hitting it far. Judy worked with us at Mad River then went to Charleston on scholarship and more recently she helpede Magna sell all their memberships.
Lots of potential in the field, good spectating, it could have been any LPGA event! Looked to me that there are a lot of good women amateurs coming up too. The course, unlike the field, played fast and firm, even in the rain the first round. It’s still hard to understand how officials can let the first group off play in 5 hours then expect the rest to be faster! Play was up to 6 hours Monday and 5 hours average on Tuesday. It would be interesting to find out how many know what CN does.