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Golf Canada – News and notes from Magna Golf Club for Thursday, August 22nd  –

AURORA, Ont. – Annie Park leads the CP Women’s Open after the first round thanks to a 7-under-par 65, tied for her lowest opening-round score in relation to par on the LPGA Tour this season.

Park, from Levittown, New York – and who has a Canadian coach and trainer – made seven birdies and an eagle Thursday at Magna Golf Club. The winner of the 2018 ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer said she was trying to break her own personal record of 9-under, but made a late bogey on the par-3 17th to drop down to 7-under for the day.

Still, she said it was a good round and leaves her on top of the leaderboard going into Friday. 

Park’s 7-under 64 set the competitive course record at Magna Golf Club, and she comes into the week having made eight-straight cuts and notching two top-10 finishes in that stretch.

She said her plan is straightforward enough going into the second round.

“Just get a good dinner, have a good rest, and get back to it bright and early tomorrow,” she said. “The course is in great shape… I think it’s one of the best courses we’ve played. It’s just a real treat this week.”

While Park ended up on top of the leaderboard Thursday, it was a pair of Canadians who made the most noise at Magna Golf Club as both Brooke Henderson and Anne-Catherine Tanguay finished at 6-under, just one shot back of the lead.

Henderson, the defending champion, made just one bogey and had seven birdies Thursday.

She credited a hot putter for her success, as well as a solid day of ball striking, as Henderson hit 12/14 fairways and 16/18 greens in regulation.

“My putter was really hot, especially for me today, which was really exciting,” said Henderson, whose 66 matched her opening round from the 2018 CP Women’s Open at Wascana Country Club.

“I just tried to hit a lot of fairways, give myself good shots into the green, give myself some good looks at birdies and (I) felt look I made quite a few birdies on the front nine. That kind of calmed my nerves a little bit. Kind of got the feeling that I could go low possibly today,” Henderson continued. “Then everything just sort went right. I had one bogey, but other than that, I felt like everything was in good shape.”

Henderson’s 6-under score held the early lead through most of the day.

While she got off to a great start, she knew there was still much golf to be played and she had a feeling her lead wouldn’t hold up as the day went on. But, Henderson said she was happy with how she executed on her game plan.

“It’s nice to be in a position where I had a good round; everything seemed to go right for me,” said Henderson. “Hopefully I can continue to stick to my game plan, make a lot of birdies, and I would love to be in this position on Sunday.”

Henderson, from Smiths Falls, Ont., was also the low Canadian until Quebec City’s Tanguay fired a bogey-free 66 in the afternoon wave.

Tanguay’s 66 tied her lowest round on the LPGA Tour this season. It’s been four weeks since Tanguay last teed it up on the LPGA Tour and she said she put in some solid work with Golf Canada’s National Women’s Team head coach Tristan Mullally prior to teeing off this morning.

“We tweaked a few little things and it just paid off today,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”

Tanguay said the key to her round was being patient. She admitted her week has been quite busy so she had low expectations coming into Thursday’s opening round, but after building some momentum early in the round, she got into a nice groove.

“On the greens I felt like I was having a hard time picking up the speed early on in my round,” she said.  “But then the back nine just felt like I couldn’t miss with my putter. To be honest, it was really good. I was over the ball and I just kind of had this feeling it might go in.”

Tanguay and Henderson are tied for second with Nicole Broch Larsen, Pajaree Anannarukarn, and world No. 1 Jin Young Ko going into Friday.

KO CONTINUING RECORD SEASON
Jin Young Ko has had a season for the ages on the LPGA Tour in 2019, and her fine play continued Thursday at the CP Women’s Open.

Ko, who has won three times this year including two majors (ANA Inspiration and the Evian Championship), shot a 6-under-par 66 Thursday at Magna Golf Club with six birdies and no bogeys.

Ko is the LPGA Tour’s only three-time winner in 2019 and leads the money list, the Race to the CME Globe and the Rolex Player of the Year lists.

After two weeks away from the LPGA Tour she said she felt refreshed and ready to go this week, even though she had a unique start to the tournament week.

Her caddie didn’t arrive until Wednesday night, so he saw Magna’s 18 holes for the first time during Ko’s round today. She hadn’t even seen the back nine prior to Thursday, but she still managed to make three birdies.

“I didn’t know about (the course),” said Ko. “But we had trust, and that’s why I played really good today. And I had really great fun with Lydia (Ko) and Brittany (Altomore). It was good.”

PAIRING AND START TIMES
Pairings for the 2019 CP Women’s Open are available here.

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS, AUDIO FILES AND VIDEO
Interview transcripts, audio MP3 files, as well as downloadable royalty-free images and broadcast quality videos for all media interviews and scrums are available online here.

MEDIA GUIDE & PLAYER PERFORMANCE
Download the 2019 CP Women’s Open Media Guide by clicking here and the Player Performance Guide by clicking here. 

CANADIAN SCORES:
The following are opening-round scores for the 15 Canadians competing in the 2019 CP Women’s Open:

Brooke Henderson 66 (-6)

Anne-Catherine Tanguay 66 (-6)
Megan Osland 72 (E)
Alena Sharp 73 (+1)
Valérie Tanguay 76 (+4)
Brittany Marchand 77 (+5)
Céleste Dao * 77 (+5)
Maude-Aimee Leblanc 77 (+5)
Brigitte Thibault * 78 (+6)
Mary Parsons * 78 (+6)
Maddie Szeryk 78 (+6)
Emily Zhu * 79 (+7)
Casey Ward 80 (+8)
Michelle Liu * 81 (+9)
Lorie Kane 87 (+15)

* denotes amateur

A full list of scores for the 2019 CP Women’s Open are available by online here.

CP HAS HEART IN SUPPORT OF SICKKIDS FOUNDATION
Canadian Pacific will continue its history of making a substantial donation to the host community through its CP Has Heart community investment program. In the five years of CP’s title sponsorship of the CP Women’s Open, $8.5 million has been raised to support children’s heart health in communities across Canada. This year, the campaign will benefit SickKids Foundation, the primary charity partner for the 2019 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, as well as Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ont. For more information on CP Has Heart, visit www.cphasheart.com.

BIRDIES FOR HEART
You can help fundraise for an upgraded Cardiac Operating Suite at SickKids by pledging a donation amount or per birdie for 2019 CP Women’s Open tournament play. Whenever a LPGA Tour player sinks a birdie on the 17th hole, your chosen dollar amount is donated to SickKids Foundation. For all donations made through Birdies For Heart, spectator support will be matched by CP. To participate, please click here.

The first round saw 11 sub-par scores (11 birdies) at No. 17, which amounts to $55,000 raised for the SickKids Foundation via the CP Birdies for Heart program which donates $5,000 per sub-par score at the par-3 17th at Magna Golf Club.

RED AND WHITE DAY
On Friday, August 23, we invite you to wear your brightest reds and your whitest whites to celebrate Canada and show your support for the Canadian players competing in our National Open.

TELEVISION COVERAGE
Friday, August 23 – Golf Channel/TSN/RDS – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 24 – Golf Channel/TSN/RDS – 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 25 – Golf Channel/TSN/RDS – 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

* All times local.

2019 CP WOMEN’S OPEN TICKETS
One of Canada’s premier annual sporting events, the CP Women’s Open features miles of front row seating for golf fans to experience Canada’s lone stop on the LPGA Tour and cheer on Canadian sensation and CP Ambassador Brooke Henderson as she defends her national title on home soil.

General admission tickets provide access to the grounds to get an up-close look at the stars of the LPGA Tour. Tournament rounds for Friday and Saturday are $65; a Sunday final-round ticket is $80; and a weeklong, fully transferable badge is $150.

A specially priced youth ticket (13-17 years old) is also available while juniors aged 12-and-under gain FREE grounds admission all week long.

In addition to general admission tickets, a limited number of upgraded spectator viewing experiences are still available. A full list of ticket packages and pricing is available online at www.cpwomensopen.com/tickets.

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ABOUT THE 2019 CP WOMEN’S OPEN
The stars of the LPGA Tour will challenge for the CP Women’s Open from August 19-25, 2019 at Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont. The CP Women’s Open is proud to name the SickKids Foundation as the official tournament charity for 2019. Funds raised will be dedicated to pediatric cardiology space as well as specialized equipment and are being matched by CP through its CP Has Heart community program. The CP Women’s Open, Canada’s Women’s Open Golf Championship, is proudly sponsored by CP, Audi, RBC, Steam Whistle, Levelwear, Golf Town, Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites, Coca-Cola, the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For information on volunteer opportunities, tickets or corporate hospitality, visit www.cpwomensopen.com, or call 1-866-571-5742.

ABOUT CANADIAN PACIFIC
Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to major ports on the west and east coasts. CP provides North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of CP.

ABOUT GOLF CANADA
Golf Canada is the National Sports Federation and governing body for golf in Canada representing 319,000 golfers and 1,400 member clubs across the country. A proud member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Golf Canada’s mission is to increase Canadian participation and excellence in golf. By investing in the growth of the sport and introducing more participants of all ages to the game, our vision is to be a world leader in golf. For more information about what Golf Canada is doing to support golf in your community, visit www.golfcanada.ca.

Media Contacts:
Dan Pino | Director, Media and Public Relations, Golf Canada | 416-434-5525 | dpino@golfcanada.ca

Salem Woodrow | Advisor, Media Relations, Canadian Pacific | 204-934-4255 |  Salem_Woodrow@cpr.ca